GRANDE PRAIRIE NEWS - 2018 ARCHIVED Grande Prairie History - Grande Prairie News
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Jan 2018: Construction continues on the Keg renovations, with the re-opening planned soon. It has been closed for a number of months. - Jeffreys Cafe opened in a new location on the west side of Grande Prairie next to the new Royal LePage building. -The Alberta Carbon Tax increased by 50% on January 1st that will affect prices at the pumps and the cost of home heat.

Jan 2018: Royal LePage moves to a brand new building on thewest side of Grande Prairie. enlarge photo.

Home Hardware located along 100 Street is expanding their store. enlarge photo.

Jan 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. - Security measures increaed at Revolution Place in Grande Prairie. Handheld wands will be used at all concertas and major events at the facility.

Feb 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.- The Keg Restaurant finally opened (100 avenue Grande Prairie) after months being closed for renovations. - Pizza Hut relocated to 101, 10416-116 avenue, Grande Prairie, near Joey's Only along the Highway Bypass. -Tilted Kilt Pub is now known as the Grande Prairie Pub, located at the corner of 106 Street and 99 Avenue Grande Prairie.

Mar 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. - 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. - The unemployment rate for western Alberta hasdropped in February to 5.3 per cent from 5.9 per cent in January. (area includes Banff, Jasper, Rocky Mtn 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. enlarge photo

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 st. - 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 councillor for the MD of Greenview. -GP Tourism has hired a new Executive Director. James Leppan takes over for Louise Cote. -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. -New Traffic lights are scheduled to be installed later this summer at the Evergreen Park entrance.

May 2018: Dennis Grant (Superintendent of GP Cathoic Schools) as well as the Society for Support to Pregnant and Parenting Teens in GP have received the Senate of Canada's 150th Commermorative Medal.

Events of the Peace Country


With 2018 arriving, Grande Prairie still has a bit of snow on the streets.

April 9 2018: Long time Daily Herald Tribune Sales Manager and Parsons Printing owner Al Parsons passed away at the age of 70. enlarge photo

Flooding in the Peace Country will go on record as one of the worste in 2018 with the late spring. (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. Located northwest of Costco along 116 Street. enlarge photo

May 2018: Dennis Grant (Superintendent of GP Cathoic Schools) as well as the Society for Support to Pregnant and Parenting Teens in GP have received the Senate of Canada's 150th Commermorative 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. Also 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. There has been a 41% decline in ridership. GP Bus Depot enlarge photo
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.

August 2018: The Grande Prairie Co-op is building a new food store and gas station on the corner of 102 Street and 132 Avenue, near Windsor Ford. (enlarge photo) - Andrewa 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 re-opens after being closed. (enlarge photo). McDonalds is building a new restaurant in Clairmont (enlarge photo) -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.

Aug 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. -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.

August 2018 was the worste year for forest fires in BC. Many days of thick smoke drifted into Grande Prairie and the rest of the Alberta , Saskatchewan and Manitoba affecting the air quality of millions of people. (enlarge photo). - 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.

Sept 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. - After 17 years Helen Rice retires as president of the Grande Prairie Downtown Association. Wendy Bosch will take over her role. - Sept 12, 2018 Grande Prairie received a record snowfall as 10.6cm fell. Most farmers didn't even start harvesting.

Smitty's Building Demolished
Aug 2018: The building that Smitty's and Prairie Gold Jewelrey occupied was demolished after receiving major water damage from a water break. -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

VIDEO New ROUNDABOUT (Traffic Circle)
Sept 2018: A new Roundabout is now open northwest of Grande Prairie at the intersection of Highway 43X and 116 Street. Dashcam shows how easy it is to go through it.

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Sept 2018: First home game of the Grande Prairie Storm for the 2018-2019 Season. Introduction of Players and Coaches.

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2018-2019 - Athletics
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The NPHL (North Peace Hockey League) is back in action and has created new videos.

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NEW VIDEO Manning Comets VIDEO Play>
Dawson Creek Canucks Play>
2018-2019 - Flyers
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VIDEO Santa Parade Grande Prairie
Dec 2, 2018: It's that time of year to welcome Santa, and people of all ages lined the streets of downtown Grande Prairie for the Santa Claus Parade. captured the entire parade on video.

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Sept 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. enlarge photo - Alberta minimum wage is to go up to $15 an hour on October 15, 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)

Oct 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. - 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. - The Cityk of Grande Prairie has placed a bit to host the 2022 Arctic Winter Games.The City had hosted the 2010 Arctic Winter Games.

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Nov 2018: 100 Avenue downtown Grande Prairie opens after five months of construction. -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. -Planet Fitness is getting ready to occupy the old Wholesale Sports location after doing extensive renovations to the building (just west of Walmart) - 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.
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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.
-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.



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