Grande Prairie
Grande Prairie is the largest city in northern Alberta 465 km north of Edmonton with a population of over 50,000. It serves an area of more than 250,000 people within 2 hours. Known as the "Swan City" Grande Prairie is situated in the middle of the Trumpeter Swan's major breeding area in Canada. In 1976, the city adopted the bird as its official symbol. A statue sits in Jubilee Park in the centre of the city on 100 Street and 103 Avenue.

Agriculture and Forestry were the two main industries for years, until 1978, with the announcement of the Elmworth deep basin gas field. With that discovery came a boom that lasted until 1981. The city saw rapid growth and an increase in population. A second boom happened in 2006-2007.

Grande Prairie has an airport with connecting regular fights to major cities.

Many Grande Prairie Events take place annually including the Stompede Rodeo , Street Performers Festival, Festival of Trees, FIreworks and more. When you are downtown you are in the Heart of the Action with over 400 stores and services. Each year there are a number of parades that take place downtown, from the Stompede Parade in May, Canada Day Parade in July, and the Santa Parade in November.

Grande Prairie has a good variety of Restaurants and Hotels to Discover. Take some time to enjoy one of the professional Golf Courses. If you are travelling by RV you can stay overnight at any one of the great campgrounds within the City of Grande Prairie.

If you have plans on living here Grande Prairie has a good number of schools as well as the Grande Prairie Regional College. There are many service clubs including Rotary, Kinsmen, Elks.


Canadian Tire will be building a new store on the West end of Grande Prairie along 116st and next to the Westgate Centre. Opening is scheduled for fall of 2016.

The Grande Prairie and District Chamber of Commerce is celebrating 100 years in 2015.

Special Olympics Alberta Winter Games will be in Grande Prairie February 20-22, 2015. More than 500 athletes expected to compete.

The Jan Cinema in Grande Prairieclosed its doors after 49 years (August 12, 2014) as attendance has been delcining over the years. The Lyric Theatre in the Prairie Mall closed in 2012, while the Gaiety Theatre located downtown had been closed for many years, and was finally torn down in 2012.

McLaurin Baptist Church has moved to the former Grande Bingo & Entertainment Centre. It will be across from the Great Northern Casino on 107 Avenue

Grande Prairie has been named Canada's Top Entrepreneurial City in a survey conducted by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business. It is partially because of the high business start-up rate. This is the 3rd year that Grande Prairie has placed first.


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