Transportation in Growth Alberta


It is natural that a strong transportation sector exists in the GROWTH Alberta region to support the resource-based economies of forestry, energy, agriculture, gravel extraction, coal, etc.

There are over 300 companies operating in GROWTH Alberta region in the transportation industry and nearly 6% of the regional labour force is in the transportation industry.

Alberta’s transportation and warehousing sector employs more than 130,000 people and contributes $11.2 billion to the economy annually. About 90% of Alberta’s exports are shipped to the US; 5.5% of Alberta exports go to Asia-Pacific markets.

Access to Markets

Alberta is strategically located in the epicentre of the western Canadian market of nine million people. It has emerged as the western North American warehouse and distribution hub for Canada and the Pacific Northwest region of the United States (Source:, 2009).

Alberta is the only western province that offers overnight, or less than 24-hour delivery service to all of western Canada and the US Pacific Northwest – a market of more than 50 million consumers (Source:, 2009).

Within Alberta, the GROWTH Alberta region offers convenient access to the major energy centres in the North, and is well positioned near major corridors for access to other parts of the continent.

Industry Cluster

Measured from Westlock, AB

Major Canadian Cities Major US Cities
City Km Miles City Km Miles
Edmonton, AB 85 53 Seattle, WA* 1,315 817
Calgary, AB 385 239 Denver, CO 2,155 1,338
Fort McMurray, AB 395 245 Chicago, IL* 2,770 1,720
Grande Prairie, AB 425 264 Phoenix, AZ 2,870 1,782
Vancouver, BC* 1,200 745 Los Angeles, CA* 2,920 1,813
Winnipeg, MB 1,385 860 Detroit, MI* 3,225 2,003
Toronto, ON* 3,455 2,146 Houston, TX* 3,850 2,391
Montreal, PQ* 3,660 2,273 Philadelphia, PA* 3,990 2,478
*denotes a port city

Source: Google Maps, 2009.


The GROWTH Alberta region is intersected by six primary highways: Highway #2, Highway #18, Highway #28, Highway #33, Highway #44, and Highway #63. A number of secondary highways further enhance the convenience of accessing locations throughout the region. In total, the member municipalities of GROWTH Alberta maintain 5,936km of open road (Source: Alberta Municipal Affairs, 2007).
Nearby Edmonton International Airport offers convenient access to major passenger and freight service, with direct access to a number of international locations. As well, the region is dotted with four regional airports, located in Whitecourt, Swan Hills, Barrhead and Westlock.
Rail service on multiple lines is provided by Canadian National RailwaysGreyhound Bus Lines offers regularly scheduled bus service and there are numerous trucking and courier companies servicing GROWTH Alberta.

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Transportation Statistics

Vehicle Registrations

Source: Alberta Open Data
Last Updated: April 2017

Driver’s Licenses
Source: Alberta Open Data
Last Updated: April 2017
Transportation Mode
Source: Statscan Census
Last Updated: April 2011

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