County Location


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The County of Newell is readily accessible to Canada's major east-west transport route (Highway 1 - Trans Canada), north via Highway 36 to connect the County to northern Alberta oilsands, and south via Highway 36 or Highway 875 to the U.S. border and I-15 - a major north-south trade route terminating at Los Angeles/San Diego.
 
Distance to Canadian Destinations
  
City KM
Miles
Medicine Hat, AB 107
67
Lethbridge, AB 153
96
Calgary, AB 187
117
Edmonton, AB
472
294
Regina, SK
569
306
Saskatoon, SK
489
306
Vancouver, BC
1147
717
 
Distance to U.S. Destinations

City
KM
Miles
Sweetgrass, MT
(U.S. border)
202
125
Great Falls, MT 392
245
Wild Horse, MT
251
156
Seattle, WA
1201
751
Spokane, WA
755
472
Los Angeles, CA
2395
1497
Denver, CO
1625
1016
Houston, TX
3435
2134

 


Canada/US Border Crossings

There are two primary Canada/U.S. border crossings south of the County of Newell:
  • Coutts, Alberta/Sweetgrass, Montana (open 24 hours, seven days a week) - southwest U.S. via I-15
    • Open 24 hours, seven days a week
  • Wild Horse, Alberta/Montana - Eastern U.S. via Highway 41 south of Medicine Hat
    • Open 8:00am to 5:00pm, Oct 1 - May 14; and 8:00am to 9:00pm from May 15 to Sept 30, 7 days a week
The City of Brooks is a trucking centre with 14 transportation and hauling companies located in the City. The companies service local industry and are fully equipped to haul all products and goods to major freight centres and ports across Canada and the U.S.
 

Rail

CP Rail's main line (Montreal to Vancouver) runs northwest to southeast through Bassano, Brooks, and Tilley within the County of Newell, with the closest rail yard in Medicine Hat. From Calgary, there are lines heading north to Edmonton and south to the Canada/U.S. border at Coutts.
 

Express Service

Overnight Express is available in the region through Canada Post and Purolator.
 

Ground Transportation

Greyhound Bus Lines maintains a terminal in Brooks, and has regular stops at Bassano and Tilley on the Calgary (and points west) - Medicine Hat (and points east) route.
 

Air Service

The Brooks Airport (2800 foot runway, paved) is a part of the Alberta airport network with the airport serving the agricultural application, flight training, and air charters in the area.
 
The Bassano Airport (2950 foot runway, paved) is located 1 km north of the Town of Bassano.
 
The Calgary International Airport (two hours west of the County) is a hub for most major airlines.