Why Route 93?

Jasper Alberta Canada is physically connected to Wickenburg Arizona USA via Highway 93. Jasper is the northernmost point of Highway 93 and Wickenburg marks the southernmost point. End to end travel distance is more than 1,700 miles over 2,700 km.

U.S. Route 93 is a major north–south highway in the western United States beginning at Wickenburg 50 miles (80 km) northwest of Phoenix. Major cities that US 93 travel through include Kingman Arizona, Las Vegas Nevada, Twin Falls Idaho and Missoula Montana. Crossing into Canada at Roosville British Columbia, Highway 93 winds north to Radium Hot Springs then into Alberta to Banff National Park and Lake Louise with the final 140miles (230km) up the famous Icefields Parkway in Jasper National Park to the town of Jasper.

Wickenburg and Jasper recently developed a Sister-City partnership marking the beginning of an exciting economic development and tourism relationship.  Wickenburg’s Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Jasper have initiated discussions with the goal of maximizing the tourism value and promoting Route 93 as a destination tourism corridor.

“Jasper is very excited that the twinning has been approved by our two councils,” said Jasper Mayor Richard Ireland. “The towns complement each other and make the perfect bookends for the spectacular stretch of road that is Highway 93. We now have new and exciting opportunities to promote…”

Early May 2013 Jasper’s Fire Chief Greg Van Tighem will be undertaking a solo cycling journey peddling the full extent of highway 93 to get a bit of exercise and to promote tourism interest in Wickenburg, Jasper and all other communities along route 93. Chief Van Tighem will be visiting and networking with Fire Departments, Rotary Clubs Chambers of Commerce, Municipal officials, MS Society offices, local newspapers etc.; while visiting points of interest and tourist attractions along the route. Greg will be documenting his amazing journey on Facebook and Twitter and will be maintaining a detailed travel blog and photo-journal.

Greg’s cycle route: Arizona: Wickenburg, Joshua Tree Parkway, Wikieup, Kingman. Nevada: Grasshopper Junction, Hoover Dam, Boulder City, Las Vegas, Alamo, Jackpot. Idaho: Twin Falls, Shoshone, MacKay, Salmon, Gibbonsville. Montana: Missoula, Kalispell, Whitefish, Eureka. British Columbia: Roosville, Fort Steele, Radium Hot Springs. Alberta: Lake Louise, Columbia Icefields and Jasper.

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