Newell County Location

County Location

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.



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.


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.

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