GRANDE PRAIRIE NEWS - 2016
January 2016: The 2016 Grande Prairie Dream Home Opens early January in Taylor Estates subdivision east and south of Grande Prairie. See details and photos
January 2016: The City of Grande Prairie has expanded its boundaries by 6,316 hectares from the County of Grande Prairie. The annexation takes effect January 1, 2016. With the annexation brings about 800 people from the County to add to the City's population, which is now estimated to surpass 70,000.
January 2016: State & Main Kitchen & Bar will be opening in January 2016 at the former Blockbuster location on the south end of Grande Prairie.
January 2016: First baby born in Grande Prairie in 2016 was a baby girl (Ruby Amelia Hans) of parents Dina and Alex Hans.
January 2016: Trend Home Improvements has moved to a new building and location, a few blocks west of Ken Sargent GMC along 102 Street, Grande Prairie.
January 2016:Rising Above Ministry is going to move into the former Young Offenders Centre along 106 Street Grande Prairie (near Centre 2000 and Bypass) The building has been closed since 2009.
February 2016: The City of Grande Prairie will be spending $20 million for the downtown rehabilitation and streetscape project. Construction of Phase One is expected to begin in May and affect 101 Street from 98 Avenue to 102 Avenue. The 4 Phases will be complete by 2018
February 2016: Alberta wins the 2016 Scotties Tournament of Hearts (curling) held in Grande Prairie Feb 20-28. Teams from all over Canada competed at the Revolution Arena, Grande Prairie.
February 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.
February 2016: The Grande Prairie Chamber of Commerce handed out the 2016 Awards. The Clem E. Collins Chamber Volunteer Award: April Weavell of Regatta Communications, the Business Citizen of the Year: Pat Carlson at Seven Generations Energy, the Dan H. Minchen Long Term Member Business Achievement Award: Oliver's Funeral Home, Above and Beyond Award: Bridget Hennigar of MNP.
March 2016: GP Brewing Company has opened in Grande Prairie with Grande Opening held March 12, 2016. More info
March 2016: Grande Prairie and County have won their bid to host the 2018 Alberta Summer Games. Athletes aged 11-17 will be competing for 3 days.
March 2016: TC Equipment, located south of the Redwood Inn, Clairmont has closed its doors because of the slow economy. It was a dealer for snowblowers, lawnmowers, small garden tractors, chainsaws etc, including service.
March 2016: Lionel Robins has been named Chair of the Host Committee for the 2018 Alberta Summer Games to be held in Grande Prairie.
The Grande Prairie Storm announce that Murray Toews will be taking over as President and assistant coach Dennis Rix will be taking over as Business Manager.
March 2016: The $30 million senior complex is being built on the northeast side of Clairmont. It will contain 77 new senior lodge units and 73 affordable enhanced senior apartments. Currently in Grande Prairie there is a waiting list to get into the units as is the case in other communities. This should help ease the waiting time. It is scheduled to open in March 2017. Enlarge photo- more information
April 2016: Three new hotels are under construction in Grande Prairie and will be opening later this year with an additional 500 rooms coming on stream. Service Plus Encore,(enlarge photo)
south of the Casino. The Hampton (enlarge photo)
just north of Costco is under construction, plus another hotel is under construction next to the East Link Centre on the south of the City.
April, 2016: Winner of the Grande Prairie Dream Home is 23-year old oil patch medic, Pamerla Reesor. She is single and plans on moving in with a couple of roommates.
April, 2016: The Provincial Government announced its first Budget and has committed $54 million to finish the Highway 43X bypass on the northwest part of Grande Prairie. The 12 km will take 2 years to complete that will include a 4-lane divided highway with 3 bridges.
April, 2016: 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.
April, 2016: Grande Prairie smashed a 73 year old weather record as it reached 29.4 degrees beating previous April 18th high of 21.1 set in 1943.
May 2016: Weyerhaeuser pulp mill near Grande Prairie 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.
May 2016: 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.
May 2016: 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.
May 2016: The Bed Shoppe has opened a 2nd temporary location on the west side of Grande Prairie, near the old Future Shop location.
May 2016: 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. View VIDEO>
June 2016: NEW videos have been added to DiscoverThePeaceCountry.com that includes a 360 VIEW of the Boat Launch and the Lake at Swan Lake Provincial Park BC.
OTHER NEW VIDEOS:
Swan Lake Provincial Park BC: view the Fish Ladder: View VIDEO>
Swan Lake Provincial Park BC: featuring the campsites View VIDEO>
Pouce Coupe: NEW 360 VIEW Video featuring downtown View VIDEO>
Video of Rolla BC featuring downtown and residential: View VIDEO>
Downtown Dawson Creek: View VIDEO>
Lac Cardinal Lake AB: View VIDEO>
NEW VIDEO Murals Alaska Highway House -10201-10 Street, Dawson Creek. The Alaska Highway House is one of the newest attractions with many displays and films showcasing the history of the Alaska Highway. 30,000 soldiers and civilians built the 2,288km highway in 9 months. There are many murals on the building.