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Grande Prairie NEWS HEADLINES (2016):

June 2016: Red Light Cameras are back in Grande Prairie at four intersections. (100 St and 132 Ave, 100 St and 116 St, 100 St and 84 Ave, 100 Ave and 116 St. They are four high volume collision locations.

May 2016: Weyerhaeuser Pulp Mill near Grande Prairien was sold for $2.2 billion to International Paper. Weyerhaeuser employs more than 300 people with the pulp mill with an additional 300 with the timberlands and sawmill division. - After 28 years Astro Annie has retired from Big Country 93.1FM radio. Each morning she featured the horoscopes and was also the Sales Manager of the radio station. -Former Big Country FM sales and 2Day Fm general manager, Grant Berg has left radio to open the Grant Berg Gallery, located downtown Grande Prairie featuring original work of about 35 local artists. - The Bed Shoppe has opened a 2nd location on the west side of Grande Prairie, near the old Future Shop location.


April, 2016: The Provincial Government announced its first Budget and has committed $54 milion to finish the Highway 43X bypass on the northwest part of Grande Prairie. The new Grande Prairie Hospital will see $337 million for the 2019/2020 fiscal year. At this time the exterior is about 90% complete and the interior is at the drywall stage.

Feb 2016: Q99 Radio has now moved downtown Grande Prairie to be in the same building as Big Country FM. Both stations are now owned by the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group



Map of Grande Prairie
Featuring the subdivisions that include photos.

Mighty Peace Country MAP


Many events are held throughout the year in Grande Prairie and surrounding area.
Events of the Peace Country


Grande Prairie and Area Attractions Attractions.

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CANADA DAY
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SANTA PARADE
Dec 6, 2015
Grande Prairie
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100ANNIVERSARY
PARADE 2015
Clairmont
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CANADA DAY PARADE 2015
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100 YEARS CELEBRATION
GrandePrairie 2014
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MOONSHINE LAKE
Catching Trout
June 2014
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AGRI-CLASSIC
March 2014
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FIREWORKS
Dec 31,2013
Grande Prairie
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BREAK GROUND
Dinosaur Museum
(Wembley, 2013)
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SWAN FESTIVAL
Saskatoon Lake, AB - April 2013
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GRANDE PRAIRIE, ALBERTA

Located 460 km northwest of Edmonton, Alberta, is the City of Grande Prairie, with a population over 68.556. (Estimated over 70,000 with recent annexation in Janurary 2016) Grande Prairie has a large trading zone of more than 250,000 people.


(214 Place, situated along 100 Avenue).

Welcome to the City of Grande Prairie. It wasn't that long ago that Grande Prairie was known as one of the fastest growing cities of Canada. With many major stores opening and with the development of the many new subdivisions, this community has changed quickly. In 1991 the Population of Grande Prairie was just over 28,000 and in 2011 it was reported at 55,032. The last census of 2015 showed the population was now 68,556, an increase of 24% since 2011. With the annexation Jan 1, 2016 the population is now estimated to be over 70,000. It is the 5th largest city in Alberta passing St Albert and Medicine Hat. Grande Prairie used to be the 7th largest city.

Grande Prairie Statistics. The average age (2015 census) indicates the majority of population is 44 or younger with 41.9% of the population between 20-44. 24.48% is 19 and younger.

The main industries range from forestry, agriculture, oil and gas. Some of the major employers of the area are Ainsworth Mill (recently purchased by Louisiana Pacific), Weyerhauser, Canfor, Risley Equipment, Prairie Mall. Some of the Regional Facilities include the Grande Prairie Regional College, the Queen Elizabeth ll Hospital and Crystal Centre.

NEW VIDEO Grande Prairie CANADA DAY PARADE
Each year the City of Grande Prairie features the Canada Day Parade and DiscoverThePeaceCountry.com gives a front row seat as Ken Connors takes his video camera right into the middle of the street to capture all the action.
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DUAL CAM VIDEO
Featuring the Main Street of Grande Prairie
The Dual Cam shows both sides of the Main Street as one travels west along 100 Avenue. (For best results increase video to fill screen)

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NEW The Grande Prairie Stompede Parade
To kick off the 2016 Stompede there were a number of businesses in the City who had Pancake Breakfasts, as well on the day before all the action was a parade held right downtown Grande Prairie.

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August 2014: The Centennial Spectacular took place in celebration of Grande Prairie's 100 Anniversary. Lots of things to see and do at Muskoseepi Park, including the Ol' Fashioned Carnival at the Museum, plus many activities and entertainers at the Twin Stages. The evening concluded with a performance by Emerson Drive and a Spectacular Fireworks.

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of Grande Prairie and Area
Over 200 Videos: (parades, mud bogs, fishing, camping, sights to see etc)

When visiting Grande Prairie, you can now choose from an abundance Hotels and Motels. Many are featured on the Hotel Page. You can shop downtown, 100 Avenue and 100 Street, or at the Prairie Mall located on the north side of the City. Many major stores have now opened on the west side of the City. Feeling hungry? There are many restaurants to choose from. Some of them list their entire menus on DiscoverThePeaceCountry.com. Grande Prairie Restaurants.


Junior Hockey takes place at the Crystal Centre in Grande Prairie featuring the Grande Prairie Storm of the AJHL. Grande Prairie Storm Schedule. The Grande Prairie Athletics are part of the North Peace Hockey League (mens senior hockey) and play at the Coca-Cola Centre. NPHL Hockey Schedule


NEW VIDEO Grande Prairie Storm 2015-2016 Season
This video captures some of the excitement of Grande Prairie's team in the AJHL. The Grande Prairie Storm are celebrating its 20th Anniversary in the AJHL in the 2015-2016 season.

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If your desire is the head out of town and doing a little camping, or fishing there are a number of campgrounds near the City that gets you close to nature. Camping and Fishing.

If you are planning on hitting the slopes Nitehawk Ski Area, is located 14 km south of Grande Prairie and offers downhill skiing and snowboarding. The Wapiti Nordic Ski Club 6 km south of Grande Prairie is the best destination for Cross Country Skiing. Downhill and Cross Country Skiing.


Many new subdivisions being added each year. You can view pictures of each subdivision by viewing the Grande Prairie Map. Map of Grande Prairie. If you are planning or selling your home you can contact Royal LePage, the Realty Group, one of the major sponsors of this website. Also check out the Real Estate page that features some current listings of local realtors. Grande PrairieReal Estate.


There are a large number of Schools including the Grande Prairie Regional College. Education.

You can get involved with the community by joining a service club. Service Clubs.

History plays a big part of the City. Take a trip down memory lane. History



GRANDE PRAIRIE, ALBERTA



The Alberta Mill is Ainsworth's biggest OSB manufacturing plant that employs over 200 people from Grande Prairie and area. September 2013, Louisiana Pacific has purchased Ainsworth.


Weyerhauser located a few km south of the City, produces dimension lumber - visual grade lumber for export and North American markets, construction grades, and low grades for Alberta remanufactures and employs about 700 people. Originally opened in 1972 as Procter & Gamble.


Canadian Forest Products
(Canfor) employs over 175 employees - administrative, sawmill and the woodlands operation. The Canfor operation manufactures top quality dimension lumber.






R
isley Equipment
Risley Equipment employs over 175 people producing the patented Risley Rotosaw, Lim-mit delimbers, the Rolly II Modular Single Grip harvester and Double Grip Rocessor, and the Rotosaw Slingshot Harvesting Head.

Prairie Mall
The Grande Prairie Mall located on the North end of Grande Prairie opened in 1974, now offers more than 90 stores and services, 650 seat Food Court plus parkade.

Queen Elizabeth II Hospital
Regional health care facility employs over 1000 people. Cares for approximately 10,000 patients in one year plus over 100,000 out-patients per year. Health Region 8 is now officially called the "Peace Country Health Region". 98 Street and 105 Avenue.

214 Place,
located in the Downtown sector at the corner of 100 Avenue and 102 Street, is the tallest building in Grande Prairie. It alone employs approximately 1000 people. There are over 400 stores in the Downtown and employs about 4000 people.


The After Hours Walk-In Clinic has opened in Grande Prairie January 17, 2014, located south of Crystal Centre along 97 ave (#201-10104-97 Ave) Open only 4 days a week Sat & Sun 10am-10pm and Mon & Fri 5pm-10pm.

Westgate Centre is under construction on the west side of Grande Prairie (north of Costco). Some of the businesses are now open including are Bed Bath & Beyond, HomeSense, Pier 1 Imports, plus others.

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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