HIGH PRAIRIE - Population, History, Accommodations, Camping, Golf, Rodeo, Tourist Information, Schools.
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Welcome to the Town of High Prairie "Gateway to the Mighty Peace Country". Located in the Municipal District of Big Lakes.
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High Prairie Elks RV Park. Located 1.5km north next to Rodeo Grounds on Highway 649. 54 full service pull thru lots, 30 & 50 amp. 780-507-0399.

High Prairie Campground. 37 full service sites. Playground and showers. 780-507-9412.

Winagami Lake Provincial Park. 17 km north on Highway 749 and 14 km west on Highway 679. 63 sites. Playground, boat launch, fishing, RV dump. Day use area, valley ball nets, wading pool. Open April to September 30. (780) 523-0041.

Jaycee Park. Within High Prairie. Open year round. 12 stalls, 9 with power. Ball diamonds, and hiking trails. The Rianna Otto Memorial Walking Trails start at Jaycee Park and extend 2 km to the Elks Rodeo Hall.

Wheel-In RV Park. 11 km east on Highway 2. Open April to September 30. Power and non power sites, 25 sites, RV dumping station, driving range. (780) 523-5080.

Only a 20 minute drive to Lesser Slave Lake. One of Alberta's best recreational playgrounds. Hilliard's Bay Provincial Park, Shaw's Point Resort, on the northwest shore of the lake (780) 752-3900. The Golden Walleye Classic is held each year mid August.


High Prairie and District Golf Club. 9 holes, grass greens, pro shop, club and cart rentals, driving range. 9 km west of High Prairie on Highway 2. (780) 523- 2696.
High Prairie Golf website. Blue Heron Golf Club. Located 6 km off Highway 749. (780) 536-2772.

Only a short distance is the Little Smoky Ski Hill for downhill skiing, snowboarding and cross country skiing. (780) 837-8144.
Little Smoky Ski website

Public Library. 5301-49 Street. (780) 523-3838. website

High Prairie has a small airport located 5 km west of the town. The runway is 3933 feet long and can handle small aircraft including helicopters. (780) 523-3698.

High Prairie Elks Club
780-523-3724 Elks website

High Prairie Chamber of Commerce website

High Prairie South Peace News is a weekly paper of the area with a circulation of about 1900, established in 1962. Published every Wednesday. (780) 523-4484.
South Peace News Website.

Town of High Prairie Office. (780) 523-3388. Located in the same building is the School Division Office No. 48. 4806-53 Avenue. For more information on High Prairie visit the
Town of High Prairie website

Radio Stations:
93.5 Prairie FM Radio - Big Lakes Country serving High Prairie, McLennan, MD of Big Lakes, MD of Smoky River, MD of Greenview and MD of Lesser Slave River. A New-cap Radio. (780) 523-5120.
YL Country AM Radio. 610 Peace River.
Kix 106.9 FM High Prairie and Fairview.

Family Income- Life Expectancy:
The average family income is $76,730 (2013) and the life expectancy is 75.2 years. (2015)


Located approximately 200 km north-east of Grande Prairie, Alberta or 100 km southeast of Peace River, is the Town of High Prairie at the junction of Highway 2A and Highway 749. High Prairie has a population of 2,827 people (2015 stats) with 1036 dwellings (2013), and serves a trading area of more than 17,000.

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Downtown, Health Care, Movie Theatre, Town Office, Elevator, Golf Course, Boat at Lesser Slave Lake

High Prairie was first inhabited by the Beaver Nation and was named after the river in the area. Muskatayosipi in Cree meant Prairie River. The first post office opened in 1910 with W. McCue the first postmaster. When the railway came in 1914 a lot of people left Grouard, a short distance from High Prairie, even moving some buildings to this new settlement. The highway was completed in 1928 and later High Prairie was incorporated as a village in 1945. It reached town status in 1950. High Prairie was originally part of the staging route to the Klondike Gold Rush. It has become a major tourist centre.

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High Prairie is on the eastern boundary of the Peace Country. The main industries of High Prairie are agriculture, forestry, oil and gas, and service industry. Other major employers include the Government of Alberta, Buchannan Lumber, Town of High Prairie and Allan's Welding

Tolko OSB Mill was built in 1995. Located 10 km west of High Prairie on Highway 2, produced 500 million sq. ft. of OSB each year. Feb 2007- Tolko closes its plant putting more than a 100 employees out of work also Ainsworth-Footner OSB Mill in High Level shut down its operation in December. UPDATE 2018: Tolka Industries announced it will re-open its oriented strand board mill in High Prairie in early 2018 employing about 175 people directly.

The High Prairie and District Amateur Rodeo Associations Annual Spring rodeo is held mid May at the Elks Stampede Grounds, approximately 2 km north of High Prairie. It is a two day event. The Elks Pro Rodeo is held in July. It is the biggest event of the summer for this area. Includes pony chariots, rodeo events, chuckwagon races and midway. The Agriculture Fair is held in August at the Stampede Grounds. Includes exhibits, pancake breakfast, and Little Britches Rodeo, petting zoo, log sawing, horseshoe tournament. Buchanan Lumber, located on the west side of High Prairie produces over 75 million board feet of product each year. Operations include logging, trucking, a sawmill, a planer mill and finger joint plant. In 1965 the operation relocated to High Prairie from the Valleyview area. Today it employs 200-300 people seasonally. (780) 523-4544.

NOW POSTED Events of the Peace Country
Events of High Prairie:
High Prairie Aboriginal Heritage Days is held at Jaycee Park on the 3rd weekend in June. Native dancers and musicians. - North Country Fair is held in June, at Joussard 35 km east of High Prairie. Draws over 5000 people and features a wide range of entertainers. - High Prairie Elks Pro Rodeo held in August is a Canadian Professional Rodeo Association sanctioned event. Pro and amateur Rodeo events, Pony Chuckwagons & Chariots, Novelty Acts, Midway, Beer Gardens, Food Booths, Dance, Fireworks, Parade. - Sled Dog Races are held each February in High Prairie.

The Gordon Buchanan Recreation Centre officially opened on April 4, 2008. Next to it is the Sports Palace Arena. There are special events held throughout the year. 5409-49 Street. (780) 523-4044. High Prairie Curling Association. (780) 523-3588.

Home to the High Prairie Regals, (Senior Hockey team) NPHL, that challenges other teams in the Peace Country. The 2018-2019 NPHL consists of 7 teams. North Peace Hockey League. EAST DIVISION: Falher Pirates, Grimshaw Huskies, High Prairie Regals and Manning Comets. WEST DIVISION: Dawson Creek Canucks, Fort St John Flyers and Grande Prairie Athletics. (Spirit River Rangers, Valleyview Jets, Lakeland Eagles-McLennan and Hythe Mustangs, are not playing this year) NPHL Hockey Schedule-Stats--Scores

High Prairie Regals 2018-2019
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High Prairie Regals 2012-2013
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High Prairie Regals 2011-2012
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Northern Lakes College, High Prairie Campus. (780) 523-6690.
Prairie View Outreach, Grades 7-12. (780) 523-4200.
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High Prairie Schools: (Click on mini photos above to enlarge picture) St Andrew's School,4617-53 Avenue, Kindergarten to grade 12. (780) 523-4595. School Website.
High Prairie Elementary, 5701-48 Street, Kindergarten to grade 6, (780) 523-4531. School Website.
Prairie River School,Grade 7 to 9, 5701-48 Street. (780) 523-4531. School Website.
EW Pratt High School, Grade 10-12, 5000-56 Avenue, (780) 523- 3813. Bishop Routhier School (780) 523-2216. School Website.
Holy Family Cyberhigh. 4723-53 Avenue. (780) 523-5237. School Website

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Days Inn - High Prairie
Value, comfort and friendly service you can count on. spacious guest room comes with modern conveniences like free Wi-Fi Internet access, a microwave and refrigerator. Free Daybreak breakfast, fitness centre, sports lounges, meeting space, Jacuzzi suites, non-smoking rooms.
Days Inn - High Prairie
4125-52 Ave.
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High Prairie District Museum was established in 1967. Contains Native and pioneer artifacts. View the Burley Collection of arrowheads, scrapers and two rare ancient macroblades believed to be 9.000 years old. Also the Keay Sword dates back to the 1700's. Open June to September. 53 Avenue and 49 Street. (780) 523-2601.

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High Prairie and District Tourist Information Centre located on the north side of Highway 2 at the east end of town. Open during the summer months. Souvenir items are for sale at this location. 4828-53 Avenue. (780) 523-2751.

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High Prairie Health Complex providing health care to High Prairie and the surrounding communities. (780) 523-6440.
May 2008- Sod turning of the future High Prairie Health Complex took place May 30th. It will be located east of the Pomeroy. The Health Complex will feature 30 acute care beds and 67 continuing care beds and will cost $159.5 million. It is expected to open in 2016. 2015 Photo update


With the Development of the Peace Oil Sands, it will add to to diversity of the High Prairie area that already includes agriculture, forestry, conventional oil and gas as well as tourism.

The Peace Oil Sands is Alberta's third largest oil sands resource. Estimates indicate there are approximately 135 billion barrels of oil in place in the Peace Region Deposit.

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