GRANDE PRAIRIE NEWS - 2003 ARCHIVED
March 2003- The Bank of Montreal has closed its downtown location as well as the Prairie Mall location and have amalgamated to a new location at the West Side Plaza. (area east of Northern Metalic) Their new address is 10705 West Side Drive.
March 2003- A construction material recycling centre officially opened by the name Northwest Re-Build Industries. Also the Gaiety Theatre has re-opened operated by the Living Christ Youth Mission Fellowship Group. On opening night the main attraction was a Christian rock band with more concerts planned.
||March 2003- 6th Annual Grande Prairie Sports Expo, an annual event at Evergreen Park was held March 21, 22, 23.
Attractions included the 21 foot climbing wall, the 60 foot houseboat as well as boats, RV's, ATV's, archery and fishing equipment, truck accessories, pool tables, paintball accessories and more
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April 2003- The TD Canada Trust has moved to the West Side Plaza, right across the street from The Bank of Montreal. The downtown location and Patterson location have closed and amalgamated at this new location at 10704 West Side Drive.
May 2003- Health Region 8 is now officially called the "Peace Country Health Region". The Peace, Mistahia and Keeweetinok Health regions merged early this year to provide health care for over 130,000 people.
|May 2003 - Johnny Macdonald Arena has moved to the twin-ice arenas, known as the Coca-Cola Centre located on the south side of the City. The Wall of Fame has been moved as well which includes photos of Johnny Macdonald "the father of hockey in Grande Prairie". enlarge picture
May 1, 2003- The official launch of a new website that features the Peace Country. After approximately 2 years in the making, this one-of-a-kind website features approximately 20 towns and villages as well as parks and lakes in the Peace Country with over 350 pictures. More communities will eventually be added to the site. "DiscoverThePeaceCountry.com" is featured on the most viewed websites in the area which includes the Daily Herald-Tribune website in Grande Prairie, the Fairview post website and the Peace River Gazette website.
June 2003 - The County Office and Municipal Shop has moved to a new location and new building, north of Grande Prairie along Highway 2, approximately 1 km north of the Four Mile Corner.
June 2003- Mary Brown's Restaurant, closed its doors. It had been only open for about a year on the west side of the city next to Visions in the Gateway Power Centre.
August 2003- Business Career College moves to a new location along Highway 40, 8611-108 Street. (Former County Office Building) They provide Diploma Programs and Continuing Education Programs.
August 2003- More pages have been added to the website to now total 60 areas. (47 cities, towns, villages, and hamlets as well as another 13 feature pages on parks and lakes.) Most of the Peace Country is now on ONE website with over 800 pictures on this site. Most recently added are High Level, Rainbow Lake, Fort Vermilion, La Crete, Keg River, Manning, Dixonville, Worsley as well as Twin Lakes and Notikewin Park. The Map of The Peace Country and Map of County are now clickable...click on any area on the map and information comes up about that place. MAP OF PEACE COUNTRY
||July 2003- Canfor fire creates state of Emergency in Grande Prairie. Water bombers and firemen brought in the fight the blaze and finally brought under control in a few days. 20,000 cubic metres of wood had burned. The last Canfor fire happened in 1978.
July 2003- Another 21 feature pages added to discoverthepeacecountry.com. Includes: Donnelly, Falher, Girouxville, High Prairie, McLennon, Nampa, Tangent...also British Columbia towns in the Peace Country: Charlie Lake, Chetwynd, Dawson Creek, Hudson's Hope, Fort St. John, Dawson Creek, Taylor, and Tomslake. Also Alberta Parks: Figure 8 lake, Queen Elizabeth Park, Winagami Lake and BC Parks: Moberly Lake and Swan Lake. These pages accessible from the pull-down menu at the top of this page.
July 2003- Canadian Western Bank under construction next to Home Depot in the Gateway Power Centre (west end of Grande Prairie.) This will be the 28th location in western Canada, scheduled to open in November 2003.
|September 2003- City Hall comes tumbling down on the corner of 100 Street and 99 Avenue. (just east of the Brick) 214 Place is visible in the background. Now work can progress on widening 100 Street. Theodore Court located on Montrose Avenue, is now the new City Hall. The move was made to the new location only a few weeks ago.
September 2003- Lexington, an apartment building opened in the heart of Grande Prairie, across from Re/Max and next to Jubilee Park. The complex is an undertaking of Alberta Lands Inc, which is part of the Evaskevich family. Also the Grand Opening took place for the Coca-Cola Centre located at the Community Knowledge Campus on 68 Avenue and Wapiti Road. The twin ice surfaces will see everything from minor hockey and adult hockey to figure skaters, sledge hockey and speed skaters.
September 2003- Mobility Plus Health and Homecare Centre, took on its new name this summer and is now located in a brand new building one block west of Safeway, 10021-115 Avenue. Mark Christopherson is the owner. Just down the street Robins Donuts closes its doors.
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Oct 2003- Home Depot opens its doors October 15. Located on the far west of the city in a 75,000 sq ft building. This is the number 99 location in Canada. Employs 150 staff.
Oct 2003- Co-op Bulk Plant and Cardlock had its Grand Opening October 20. The new building is located at the corner of 89 Avenue and Wapiti Road (Highway 40). West of Canfor.
Oct 2003 -Mr.Mikes Restaurant will be opening in the former Carnelly's Restaurant on the Highway Bypass at 10214-116 Avenue Grande Prairie. Construction of the ATB Financial begins at the West Side Plaza. The new 16,000 square foot building should open July 2004.
November 2003 - Plans are in place for the Montrose Centennial Centre opening in 005. The Grande Prairie Public Library and the Prairie Art Gallery hope to build the new centre at the former Montrose school site in the centre of Grande Prairie.