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January 2018: Royal LePage moves to a brand new building on the west side of Grande Prairie. enlarge photo. Jeffreys Cafe also opened in a new location on the west side of Grande Prairie next to the new Royal LePage building.

January 2018: Home Hardware is expanding their store and is seen here digging up their lot in preparation of the expansion of their retail store, and adding a two more accessory buildings. The location of this store is 10921-100 Street, Grande Prairie.
January 2018: The CEO of the Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce is retiring after 12 years. Dan Pearcy will be stepping down from his position at the end of June 2018.
January 2018: Security measures increased at Revolution Place in Grande Prairie. Hand held wands will be used at all concerts and major events at the facility.
February 2018: The Grande Prairie area was treated to a snow storm that dumped 23.2 cm of snow in 1 day (Feb 2) and in 5 days received a total of 51.2 cm of snow.

February 2018: The Keg Restaurant finally opened (100 avenue Grande Prairie) after months being closed for renovations.
February 2018: Pizza Hut relocated to 101, 10416-116 avenue, Grande Prairie, near Joey's Only along the Highway Bypass.
February 2018: Tilted Kilt Pub is now known as the Grande Prairie Pub, located at the corner of 106 Street and 99 Avenue Grande Prairie.
March 2018: The province will now allow the GPRC to grant university degrees, which will allow students to finish their university degree right here in Grande Prairie. It will begin in two to three years.

March 2018: The Grande Prairie Storm hockey team made it to the playoffs, something they haven't done since 2010. They won the 1st round against Sherwood Park but were defeated in the second round of the playoffs to the Spruce Grove Saints.
March 2018: The unemployment rate for western Alberta has dropped in February to 5.3 per cent from 5.9 per cent in January. (area includes Banff, Jasper, Rocky Mountain House, Athabasca, Grande Prairie, Peace River region.)

March 2018: It was just announced that Tenille will go on tour with one of country music’s biggest stars, Miranda Lambert and Little Big Town, that is scheduled to start in July. Photo is from a video created by featuring the 2010 Olympic Torch Relay that was held in Grande Prairie. Tenille performed at Muskoseepi Park during that event.
March 2018: Saskatoon Mountain Natural Area, near Beaverlodge, will be turning into a Provincial Recreation Area. The area will be expanded and upgraded with picnic tables, fire pits and washrooms.
April 2018: More construction as part of the GP Downtown Rehabilitation Program will continue this summer along 100 Avenue and between 100st and 102 Street.
April 2018: Wayne Drysdale Wapiti MLA has confirmed he will retire from politics and won't run in the 2019 election. He was MLA for 10 years and 15 years as councilor for the MD of Greenview.
April 2018: Grande Prairie Tourism has hired a new Executive Director. James Leppan takes over for Louise Cote.
April 2018: According to Statistics Canada the unemployment rate in the Jasper to Peace River Region was down again in March from 5.3% in February to 5.1%.
April 2018: Nitehawk Ski Hill was open in the latter part of April which made 5 months of operation, the 1st time that it was open so long, due to the late spring.
April 2018: New Traffic lights are scheduled to be installed later this summer at the Evergreen Park entrance. This will help especially when functions are taking place at Evergreen Park as it always becomes very conjested.

April 2018: Flooding in the Peace Country will go on record as one of the worst in 2018 with the late spring. The warmer temperatures didn’t come til mid April and it resulted in a rapid melt. Grande Prairie Muskoseepi park was closed as the Bear Creek overflowed its banks including the area around the Bear Creek Golf Course. There was flooding in the streets of Rycroft, Sexsmith, Hythe plus other areas. Many roads in rural areas were closed due to flooding. (photo: at Bear Creek Golf Course)
April 9 2018: Long time Daily Herald Tribune Sales Manager and more recent Parsons Printing owner Al Parsons passed away at the age of 70. enlarge photo

May 2018: A new Canadian Tire Store is now under construction on the west end of Grande Prairie with an anticipated opening in 2019. The new building will be much larger than the existing Canadian Tire and employees say it will take a year to complete. The new location is along 101 Avenue and west of 116th street. (northwest of Costco or just north of the Service Canada Centre)
May 2018: Dennis Grant (Superintendent of GP Catholic Schools) as well as the Society for Support to Pregnant and Parenting Teens in Grandfe Prairie have received the Senate of Canada's 150th Commemorative Medal.

June 2018: Swiss Chalet has closed its doors after 5 years. It was located along 100th Avenue and 108 street Grande Prairie, near Staples.
June 2018: Grande Prairie Pub has closed its doors after a brief opening. It replaced Tilted Kilt. Before that it was known as Township 71, Rics Grill and before that Eastside Marios. They were located on the corner of Highway 40 and 100 Avenue.

July 2018: At the end of October, Greyhound is ending its bus routes in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and most of BC (one route will remain in BC). It will put 415 people out of work. Grande Prairie's Greyhound is located north of the Prairie Mall along 121 Avenue. Only Ontario and Quebec will not be affected. There has been a 41% decline in ridership and increasing costs since 2010 which made it impossible for the company to continue the way it has.

July 2018: The Alberta Summer Games took place July 19-22, 2018. The Opening Ceremonies were held in Wembley at the Philip J Currie Museum, while the Games were held in 15 different locations within the City and County of Grande Prairie. More Photos of the Alberta Summer Games: VIEW PIC 1 - VIEW PIC 2 - VIEW PIC 3
August 2018: The Grande Prairie Co-op is building a new convenient store, liquor store and gas station on the corner of 102 Street and 132 Avenue, near Windsor Ford. There are plans to build a new Co-op Grocery store just east of this location. (enlarge photo)
August 2018: Andrew Chrenek has been appointed a Provincial Court Judge in Grande Prairie. It will assist in the Province in addressing court backlogs.
August 2018: Mama Panda has re-opened again after being closed for a number of months. It is located along 100 Street and 123 Avenue Grande Prairie. The restaurant has closed a number of times over the years. In 2011 it re-opened after being closed for a many years. (enlarge photo).

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August 2018: McDonalds is building a new restaurant in Clairmont, just north of Grande Prairie, Alberta. (Photo while under construction) This restaurant is located near the Shell Gas Station and JP Outpost or across from the County of Grande Prairie Administration Building along Highway 2. Update: Ribbon Cutting Ceremony held Wednesday September 26, 2018, 8301-99 Street, Clairmont.
August 2018: The annual Bear Creek Folk Festival at Muskoseepi Park, Grande Prairie surpassed previous attendance. Four stages featured 35 artists performing over the 3 days of the event. Entertainers included Colin James and local performers Emereson Drive.
August 2018: A man was shot in the leg while golfing at the Dunes Golf Course, located south of Grande Prairie along Resources Road. Police determined that a Shooting Competition was going on at the Wapiti Shooters Club at the time. A number of years ago a bullet went through a window of a residence at the Dunes.
August 2018: The Population of Grande Prairie has increased by 532 from the last municipal census of 2015. The unofficial 2018 results show that the population is now 69,088. Grande Prairie is the 7th largest city in Alberta.

August 2018 was the worst year for forest fires in BC. There were many days of thick smoke that drifted into Grande Prairie and the rest of the Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba affecting the air quality of millions of people. The air quality in Grande Prairie was so poor in 2018 that many activities scheduled for outdoors had to be canceled. The smoke drifted in from the 600 forest fires in British Columbia. Photo above: one of the neighborhoods in the City when the air quality health index was 10+. Low is 1-3, Moderate is 4-6, High is 7-10 and Very High is 10+. When air quality is 10+ it was advised to limit outdoor activities and children and seniors and others who had medical conditions were advised to stay indoors.
August 2018: Electric buses will be running in Grande Prairie this fall. The two buses will be 100% battery operated and can travel up to 200 km before needing a recharge. Each bus is 30 feet long and can seat 23 people.

August 2018: The building that Smitty's and Prairie Gold Jewelrey occupied was demolished. In February 2018, there was a major water main break that flooded the building that Smitty's Restaurant and Lounge and Prairie Gold Jewelry occupied on the west end of Grande Prairie along 100th Avenue. (Also flooded was the Walmart parking lot.) Both businesses received major damage and never re-opening. The building was finally demolished and only the Smitty's sign remained.

September 2018: After many delays, Whispering Ridge Community School is now open located north Grande Prairie. It currently holds 500 students and 50 staff members for the County students.
September 2018: After 17 years Helen Rice retires as president of the Grande Prairie Downtown Association. Wendy Bosch will take over her role. Helen Rice also served on City Counsel for many years.

September 12, 2018: Grande Prairie received a record snowfall as 10.6cm fell. Most farmers didn't even start harvesting. The snow did not stay as it melted.
September 2018: Northern Express Bus Line has a started a route between Grande Prairie and Edmonton as Greyhound had announced earlier that they would end its passenger and freight services and Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Northern Express has a fleet of 55 passenger motor coaches. enlarge photo

September 2018: The Province suspends work on the Grande Prairie Regional Hospital as there have been many delays and additional costs. They are now looking for a new construction manager to take over the project. Most of the exterior is already done with 75% of interior work has been completed. Graham Construction was award the contract for the hospital in 2011 and 3 years later construction began. It was projected to be completed in 2015 but revised to 2020. Update: Clark Builders takes over the project in November 2018.

September 2018: A new Roundabout is now open northwest of Grande Prairie at the intersection of Highway 43X and 116 Street. Dash-cam shows how easy it is to go through it. NEW VIDEO (1:00 min) - Going through the Roundabout VIEW VIDEO
September 2018: First home game of the Grande Prairie Storm for the 2018-2019 Season. Introduction of Players and Coaches. NEW VIDEO (5:09 min)- Introducing the GP Storm: VIEW VIDEO
October 2018: Alberta minimum wage is to go up to $15 an hour on October 1, 2018. This wage will now be the highest in Canada.
October 2018: Ten cannabis retail stores have been approved for Grande Prairie and there could be more as the City has lifted the cap on how many retail stores can be opened (with approval)
October 2018: Nauticol; Energy Ltd has proposed to construct a $2 billion methanol manufacturing site 10km south of Grande Prairie near next to the pulp mill. Construction is planed to begin in 2019 and completed by 2021.
October 2018: Grande Cache votes to dissolve into a hamlet and will join the Municipal District of Greenview which also includes communities of DeBolt, Valleyview, Fox Creek, and Grovedale. 97.1% voted in favour to dissolve.
October 2018: The City of Grande Prairie has placed a bit to host the 2022 Arctic Winter Games. The City had hosted the 2010 Arctic Winter Games.
November 2018: 100 Avenue downtown Grande Prairie opens after five months of construction. Many businesses had indicated that during construction, that it deterred customers from coming downtown which resulted in poor sales.
November 2018: Parkside Inn located just west of Bear Creek along 100th Avenue, has become a supportive housing facility to help the homelessness in Grande Prairie, over a 2 year term.
November 2018: Planet Fitness is getting ready to occupy the old Wholesale Sports location after doing extensive renovations to the building (just west of Walmart) in Grande Prairie.
November 2018: Rumors have it Cabela's will be moving into the old Sears building. Cabela's is a retail store with fishing, hunting, camping, boating, clothing, and footwear merchandise.

November 2018: Jonathan's Gold & Diamonds will be closing their doors in the Prairie Mall, Grande Prairie. They opened 40 years ago when the Mall first opened.
November 2018: Longtime resident Doug Marshall has passed away at the age of 79 years. In 1975 he became the owner of Doug Marshall Motor City until 2000. The auto dealership continues to operate at 11044-100 Street Grande Prairie.

December 2018: The Santa Parade took place downtown Grande Prairie on December 2nd. People of all ages lined the streets to watch it. View VIdeo> (10:44 min)
December 2018: Former City Councilor Dan Wong has been named Chair of the Board of Directors of the Grande Prairie Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber of Commerce is located at Centre 2000 along with the Tourism Centre, 11330-106 Street, Grande Prairie.

December 2018: The County Connector bus was launched that provides bus service between Grande Prairie, Clairmont and Sexsmith. Phase two to Wembley, Beaverlodge and Hythe is planned for February 2019. Alberta Transportation provided $640,000 for operational funding for the two year Pilot Project. The County of Grande Prairie added $138,333 towards the funding. One way trips are $5.00 and children age 11 and under ride for free.
December 2018: Plus One Bottle Depot in Grande Prairie will be relocating to the old Peavey Mart building in the Westgate Shopping Centre (west of Save-On Food Store). It is hoped to be open in the spring of 2019.
December 2018: Premier Rachel Notley was in Grande Prairie and announced that 19 km of Highway 40 would be twinned starting at 68 Avenue. A second bridge across the Wapiti River is also in the plans as well as a full interchange at the intersection of Highway 43 and 43X, west of the City of Grande Prairie.
December 2018: Up to 2,000 people took part in a rally held at Muskoseepi Park in support of the oil and gas industry. On the same day a convoy of trucks made its way through the city to show their support, which lasted 1.5 hours.
December 2018: Grande Prairie gets its first ride share service as TappCar officially opened.
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