GROVEDALE - Alberta Population, History, Golf, Ski Hill, School, Landry Heights.
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Welcome to Grovedale, Alberta.


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Grovedale Golf Course is located a few km north of Grovedale on Highway 40 and 6 km west. 18 holes, par 73, grass greens, club rentals. (780) 539-9898.Grovedale Golf and Country Club website

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Day-Use Area
O'Brien Provincial Park located 7 km south east of Grovedale. Located on the banks of the Wapiti River. (11km south of Grande Prairie) Picnic tables and toilets, with large park.

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Kids and adult hockey, figure skating are very popular at the Grovedale Community Centre. Each year in mid August Grovedale holds its Annual Picnic and Fair at the Grovedale Fair Grounds. Includes silent auction, breakfast, parade, events, supper and dance. 2014: The Grovedale Arena was demolished and a new arena was built that opened in the fall of 2016. The old Community Centre was built in the mid 1970's.

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Grovedale Hall located right next to the arena. The Grovedale Community Club & Agriculture Society organizes many events including renting out the hall for weddings and functions. (780) 539-3983.

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Grovedale Firehall is run by approximately 15 volunteers. There are also 30 volunteer Paramedic EMR's. A sod turning for the new firehall took place in May 2015.

Ski Hill
Nitehawk Ski Hill is located on the south bank of the Wapiti River. 4 km northeast of Grovedale (14 km south of Grande Prairie on Highway 40 and Highway 666.) Downhill skiing and snowboarding, ski lessons and rentals. For photos and more info check this: Nitehawk Ski Hill



Located 21 km south of Grande Prairie, Alberta, on Highway 40 and Highway 666 is the Hamlet of Grovedale.

Grovedale is not just a hamlet but a community that includes the immediate surrounding area. (population of approximately 500). Located in the Municipal District of Greenview includes the Towns of Fox Creek, Grande Cache, Valleyview and the Hamlets of DeBolt, Little Smoky, Ridgevalley, Landry Heights and Grovedale. Total population of area 5,611 (2015)

The first settlers came to the area in 1928. William and Mary Gabler are known as the first official residents of Grovedale. (Jayelle's convenient store is now located near the original Gabler settlement just north of Grovedale)

For the settlers of Grovedale in the 1920's, it was a challenge to cross the Wapiti River to get to Grande Prairie. The best place to cross was at Plum's Crossing, as it was the shallowest point. It was named after a cattle rancher who cleared the trail to the river. (5 km east of the present day bridge at O'Brien Park) (enlarge picture)

In 1934 a ferry crossing was built (where the current Bridge now stands at O'Brien Park) T.E. Cooke owned a sawmill at this location and with the help of the settlers in the area, built a ferry and a house for the ferryman. In those days the ferryman survived only by donations of food made by those who used the ferry.

In 1939 the first Post Office and store opened and it was also that year when area farmers started to grow alfalfa as other grains did not grow that well. The first school was opened in 1945 to teach about 14 children. Electricity finally came to the area in 1958. 1963 another school was moved to Grovedale from Bridge Creek, a community 9 km south. This school eventually was renovated in 1967 and renamed Penson Elementary School. Named after long time pioneer and school board secretary-treasurer, Jack Penson.

The most significant event in Grovedale's history was the building of the bridge at O'Brien Park that crossed the Wapiti River. It opened in the winter of 1958.

It wasn't until the mid 1970's that Natural Gas service came to the area.

Grovedale continues to grow with two main residential areas, The East Grove Estates, 17 acreages located on the northeast part of Grovedale with lots of privacy with paved roads. Also Fern's Grove is located on the north part of Grovedale along the highway. This subdivision has paved streets with about 19 acreages. View photo of residential

Approximately 1 km north of Grovedale is an Industrial area. Includes Jayelle's convenient store, plus the M.D. of Greenview No.16 maintenance shop and other businesses.

On the outskirts of Grovedale you mostly likely see a number of horses grazing.

The Grovedale Fish Pond is located 20 km south of Grande Prairie on Highway 40. Day use area, stocked with trout fish. No camping at this location. There is Group Camping near the Community Centre in Grovedale photo

Events of the Peace Country
There are many things to keep the youngsters occupied in Grovedale, which includes the Brownies and Guides. There is a lot of soccer and baseball games plus many take karate lessons and figure skating lessons.

WEST OF GROVEDALE: From Grovedale you can travel west, and there are no services for 70 km until you get to Nose Creek, a very remote area. Many make a trip along this highway to get to Two Lakes, another 62 km past Nose Creek (132 km from Grovedale) Two Lakes offers overnight camping areas as well as excellent fishing. 86 sites. Includes 3 campgrounds. (780) 538-5350. Take a trip along this highway to get to Two Lakes, another 62 km past Nose Creek (132 km from Grovedale) Two Lakes Campground

SOUTH OF GROVEDALE: Located about 4 km southeast of Grovedale is Landry Heights Subdivision, along the banks of the Wapiti River and Highway 666. This subdivision has been allocated as a Hamlet with approximately 50 acreages. Each of the self serviced lots has lots of trees and privacy.

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The Grovedale General Store is one of the oldest buildings of the area. (780) 532-6393.

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A post office and museum has been built located just south of the General Store. More photos at the museum:
Antique Fire Equipment
Old Shack

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Penson Elementary School is attended by approximately 177 students from kindergarten to grade nine. Students from the area south of the Wapiti River attend this school including the youngsters from nearby Landry Heights Subdivision. (780) 532-6390.
Penson School website

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Jayelle's Convenient Store & Gas Bar, located about one km north of Grovedale opened in 1994. Fuel, groceries, video rentals, liquor. It is located on the land previously occupied by the Grovedale Baptist Church. (780) 532-4243.

The MD of Greenview No 16 now has a Grovedale Station on the south part of Grovedale. (enlarge picture)

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