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Location: Junction of Hwy 2 and 43; approximately 464 km (288 miles) northwest of Edmonton, 133 km (82 miles) southeast of Dawson Creek. Population: 68,000 serving a market area of 250,000 people. Year round visitor information service and northernmost Travel Alberta VIC are located in Centre 2000, 11330 – 106th Street, Grande Prairie, Alberta T8V 7X9; Phone: (780) 539-7688 or toll free (866) 202-2202; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Website: gptourism.ca.
Known as the “shopping and convention capital of the North,” Grande Prairie is situated on Highway 43, south of Mile “0” on the Mackenzie Highway and east of Mile “0” on the Alaska Highway. The city is the regional center for shopping, recreation and services for northwest Alberta and northeast BC. Located in the heart of the mighty Peace River country within the County of Grande Prairie, the area boasts some of the world’s richest farmlands, thriving towns, rushing rivers and endless acres of vast wilderness.
Additional Grande Prairie Information:
Regardless of the season, the Grande Prairie region offers unparalleled attractions, events, shopping, dining, recreation, arts & culture, spectacular scenery and so much more.
Drop by the Visitor Information Centre where the coffee is always on and smiles await year round. It is your one stop shop for provincial and regional information, maps, souvenirs and knowledgeable, friendly staff who are happy to help. Join us this summer June through August for Welcome Wednesdays with complimentary food and beverage all day for visitors and the free Rotary Bus Tours every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday with a 6:30 pm start. On the lower level of the Visitor Centre is the Heritage Discovery Centre Museum, where the Piper the animatronic dinosaur lives, as well as incredible displays and changing exhibits. If you need to stretch your legs or your pet needs to explore, there are over 28 km of walking trails and playground areas that start right at the Visitor Information Centre. There is also a 40-foot sundial roadside attraction at the intersection that tells the time better than a watch and makes for a great photo opportunity.
Grande Prairie has an exceptionally young population and is one of the fastest growing cities in Canada. Residents and visitors can enjoy over 600 acres of park area for playing, walking and simply enjoying the outdoors. The Eastlink Centre is a 250,000 square foot aquatic and fitness facility with four pools, two water slides, dino-themed water park, lazy river, flow rider and more. At 55,000 square feet, the Grande Prairie Gymnics Centre is one of the largest training centers in Canada. The Coca-Cola Centre is home to two national hockey League ice surfaces and three levels for viewing. The County of Grande Prairie’s Crosslink Sportsplex Facility boasts a 176,043 square foot state-of-the-art facility with soccer pitch, two NHL rinks, running track, store, restaurant and more.
Located in the northeastern corner of the city, Crystal Lake Waterfowl Refuge is a sanctuary for nature that many species of waterfowl, including Grande Prairie’s signature trumpeter swans, call home. The Swan Festival is held in April at Saskatoon Island Provincial Park, where visitors get a chance to see the once critically endangered trumpeters and participate in a wide variety of activities celebrating the return of this important local resident.
There are several campsites within the city limits:
Rotary Campground off the Hwy 43 bypass and directly south of the Visitor Information Centre; RotaryCampground.com
Wee Links Campground & Nine of Diamonds Campground, South Bear Creek; GoNitehawk.com
Country Roads RV Park, west at junction of Hwy 43 & Hwy 2 or north on 116 Street then west on 43X, open year round; CountryRoadsRVPark.com
Happy Trails Campground & Cabins, west on 43x, Rge Road 64, open year round; HappyTrailsCampground.ca
Other campgrounds within a 10-minute drive:
Camp Tamarack RV Park, south off Hwy 40 south, 8.5 km from Grande Prairie; CampTamarackRV.com
McGovern’s Campground, five minutes southeast of the city in Evergreen Park.
Nitehawk Wilderness Campground, south off Hwy 40 and West on 666, open year round, GoNitehawk.com
Grande Prairie Regional College’s National Bee Diagnostic Centre is the only comprehensive diagnostic laboratory in Canada focused on answering the critical question of bee die-off. The NBDC is located at the Agriculture and Agri-food Canada’s Research Farm at Beaverlodge.