GRANDE PRAIRIE NEWS - 2011
January 2011: Dog Sled Races at Evergreen Park, was one of the first events of 2011, in Grande Prairie. There were a number of entries from other parts of Canada, and the two day event offered some great entertainment. You can watch a short video of part of this event with interviews with Irvin Wai, the organizer and Ross Adam, a Dog Sled Racer from Grande Prairie. Play VIDEO>
January 2011: The new Executive Director for the QEII Foundation is Cindy Park. The Rotary Club of Grande Prairie will now be running the Dream Home Lottery taking over for the QEII Foundation. The Rotary Club will be celebrating 60 years in Grande Prairie on April 15, 2011.
January 2011: The entire Peace Country had a record snowfall the weekend of January 15th. In Grande Prairie there was over 19 cm on Sunday and totaled 35cm for the weekend. Many stores ran out of snow shovels.
January 2011: Menzies Printers will be making a $100,000 sponsorship of the Multi-Plex. An open area near the food court will be known as the "Menzies Spot".
January 2011: State of the City Address with Mayor Bill Given will take place Thursday February 24, 2011 at the Quality Hotel. (Review 2010, plus vision for Grande Prairie for 2011).
January 2011: Grande Prairie Public School District Superintendent, Chris Gonnet passed away from a heart attack.
February 2011: The Dream Home is currently under construction in Westlake Village Subdivision, north Grande Prairie. Win a Dream Home.
Update: View Inside Photos
February 2011: Dollarama is getting ready to open just south of London Drugs on the west side of Grande Prairie.
February 2011: A new gas station and restaurant is being constructed, just east of the County Office (north of the new overpass)
February 2011: Debbie Reid and 2,000 volunteers of the Grande Prairie Arctic Games Host Society received the Above and Beyond Award presented by the Grande Prairie Chamber of Commerce. John Simpson received the Clem E. Collins Award, ATB Financial received the Dan H. Minchin Award, Jim and Mary Helen Boccioletti, owners of Canadian Tire were named Business Citizens of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce. - A source tells me HMV is opening in the Prairie Mall, in the old location of CD Plus.
February 2011: The regular season for the NPHL comes to a close and the playoffs begin. On February 4th the Spirit River Rangers defeated the Grande Prairie Athletics and DiscoverThePeaceCountry.com was there. Some of the action was captured on video in the following two feature videos.
Grande Prairie Athletics View Video
Spirit River Rangers View Video.
February 2011: The RONA store located on the west side of Grande Prairie has been granted a Receivership Order by the Court of Queen's Bench on February 14, 2011. The $16 million, 62,000 square foot building opened in the latter part of 2009 and was owned by the Nagra family.
February 2011: Peavey Mart will be moving into a new building in September of this year. Located just west of RONA (across the road from Tim Horton's) the new building is currently under construction.
March 2011: A new feature on DiscoverThePeaceCountry.com is the Home Improvements - Renovations page. Check it out. A number of Grande Prairie businesses showcase their products and services to help you update your home.
March 2011: Moxie's Classic Grill Franchises in Grande Prairie and Fort McMurray are both for sale as they are now operated by a receiver Pricewaterhouse Coopers Inc.
March 2011: Canadian BrewHouse is coming to Grande Prairie. To be located in the old Gullivers location at the London Drugs location. Currently they have locations in Edmonton, Sherwood Park and Camrose.
March 2011: Jakes Down South is closed and will re-open under a new name. Todd from Lions Den says it will be The Zone Sports Grill when it opens in mid-May after undergoing major renovations. It will feature virtual golf, a restaurant, and will be family themed.
March 2011: Mama Panda in Grande Prairie will be re-opening after being closed for a considerable amount of time. Renovations are being done with hopes of opening soon.
The Spirit River Rangers win the North Peace Hockey League Championship Final over the Falher Pirates 4-3. The game was won in triple overtime. See the summaries and more information on the NPHL page of DiscoverThePeaceCountry.com.
March 2011: The Grande Prairie Dream Home opening for viewing has been delayed with the new date April 29, 2011.
March 2011: The 3 Day Peace Country Classic drew good crowds at Evergreen Park. Besides having over 250 Displays and Exhibits, there were a number of activities for the children. One of the main attractions was the Northern Classic Bull Sale. You can see the highlights of this years Agri-Show on video. PLAY VIDEO>
April 2011: David Larson is the winner of the first 2011 Grande Prairie Dream Home Lottery early bird prize of a television. There has been another delay on the opening with a new date for viewing starting May 6, 2011. Grande Prairie Win a Dream Home - 2011 Dream Home
April 2011: 2011 Grande Prairie Chamber of Commerce FEDERAL ELECTION FORUM. A good crowd filled the Douglas J. Cardinal Performing Arts Centre (GPRC) on April 18, 2011 to hear the platforms of the local Federal Election Candidates.
May 2011: Chris Warkentin of the Conservative Party has been re-elected in the Peace River Riding taking almost 76 percent of the vote. (36,374 votes) Jennifer Villebrun of the NDP came in second (7740) and Wayne Kamieniecki was third (1699). Corina Ganton of the Liberals had 1481, Russ Toews, Independent had 360, Donovan Eckstrom Rhinoceros had 350 votes.
May 2011: 116st Grande Prairie is now closed as construction from 84 Ave to 69 Ave has started on widening the street to 4 lanes. (enlarge photo)
May 2011: Construction of a new KFC at the corner of 105 St and 100 Ave, Grande Prairie will replace the existing one by July 2011.The new KFC is starting to appear to the left of the older KFC on the right. (enlarge photo)
May 2011: Twinning Highway 43 east of Grande Prairie, through the Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation continues, with completion expected in the summer of 2012.
May 2011: A new school is planned for Grande Prairie. The High School would support about 1,000 students, grade 9-12 and would be built near the Community Knowledge Campus. (68 avenue and Highway 40) It is hoped to be open by the fall of 2014.
May 2011: With the forest fire in Slave Lake and surrounding area, campgrounds are struggling to remain open near Lesser Slave Lake. Spruce Point campground is located 9km north of Kinuso and reports that they are currently open and have lots of room for campers but Highway 2 is still closed east/west (May 18th, 2011). Access can be made from highway 33. A fire ban is in effect. Spruce Point Park has a free area set up for those who were affected by the fire (Slave Lake, Widewater, Canyon, Assineau)
June, 2011: A new Medical Clinic is scheduled to open in Sexsmith in June at 9805-103 Street with two doctors. Sexsmith Pharmacy will also be located within the Doctor's office.
June, 2011: The US retail giant Target Stores are coming to Canada, and in 2013 will be taking over the Zellers location in the Prairie Mall.
June, 2011: Wannawafel will be coming to Grande Prairie in June featuring the Authentic Liege Wafels. The business was featured on CBC's show the Dragon's Den. Peter and Leah Christensen will be running the business in Grande Prairie.
June, 2011: Family Affair Bowling Lane on 100 Street Grande Prairie has closed for the last time. The property was purchased by Home Hardware who will be demolishing the building in June.
June 2011: Big crowds took in the Grande Prairie Highland Games held at the Macklin Field. The Highland Dance Competition took place most of the day as well as the Athletic Games. The day was perfect for this event. You can watch a video of some of the activities.
June 2011: Family Affair Bowling Lanes - Demolition. One of Grande Prairie's landmarks gets knocked down to make room for the expansion of the Home Hardware. View VIDEO>
June, 2011: Jamie Menzies has sold the Grande Prairie Royal LePage to a couple of local people, John Krol and Angie Peters, who have been part of Royal Lepage for many years. (sales and property management) It has been announced that Angie Peters is the new Broker.
June, 2011: Mama Panda re-opens its doors after being closed for a number of years. There have been renovations made to the building.