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.)

Events of the Peace Country


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

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 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)

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%. -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.

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. - A new McDonalds Restaurant is under construction north of the Redwood Inn in Clairmont, across from the County of Grande Prairie Offices. - Andrewa Chrenek has been appointed a Provincial Court Judge in Grande Prairie. It will assist in the Province in
addressing court backlogs.

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



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