Photos courtesy of Darrel Comeau, Misty Mountain Photography, and Grande Prairie Regional Tourism Association.
459 km to Edmonton
Agriculture, forestry, oil & gas, and retail services
Approximately 69,088 residents
Kindergarten to grade 12 and post-secondary
Grande Prairie gets its name from the broad, sweeping plains that sprawl outward from the city in three directions. It’s an important rest stop for migrating trumpeter swans, giving it the nickname “Swan City.” Just south of town, the grasslands give way to boreal forest and foothills that stretch into the northernmost tip of the Canadian Rockies.
In this vibrant northern city you’ll discover a youthful, multicultural, and growing community. The majority of the population is in their early 30’s, with a median age of about 31, making it a great fit for young professionals and new families. Here, you’ll find shops, restaurants, pubs, and an active arts, social, and sports scene. Whatever your niche – you can find it here in Grande Prairie.
Families have plenty of education options from Pre-K to Grade 12, including post-secondary at Grande Prairie Regional College (GPRC). There’s numerous parks and playgrounds, and over 18 kilometres of walking trails to explore. You can embrace outdoor living at one of the numerous provincial parks in the surrounding area, some of which are only a 15 minute drive away.
Alberta’s newest dinosaur museum, the Philip J. Currie Museum opened its doors in 2015. It houses a plethora of fossils from prehistoric land, air, and water creatures that have been found in the nearby Pipestone Creek Bonebed, just 30 minutes outside of the city.
Grande Prairie offers many big-city benefits with the perks of a smaller community. You’ll experience shorter commute times, a lower cost of living, and outdoor adventures right at your doorstep, with all the amenities and services you expect from an urban centre.
To learn more, visit the City of Grande Prairie website, Grande Prairie Tourism, or the community’s Facebook page.
AHS operates three facilities in Grande Prairie. The regional Queen Elizabeth II (QEII) Hospital in Grande Prairie is an acute care facility with 24-hour emergency services. It has an intensive care and neonatal intensive care unit that provides trauma care to patients from several communities in the surrounding area. The new hospital has been completed and is scheduled to open in 2021.
AHS also provides home care, physical and occupational therapy, audiology and social services out of QEII Mackenzie Place and the Virene Building. In addition, residents can access community healthcare, immunization, and laboratory services at the GPRC College and Community Health Centre.
AHS healthcare teams focus on interdisciplinary collaboration at all of these facilities. Get to know your coworkers personally and professionally through regular team meetings that improve transparency and clarify goals. You’ll find a strong degree of camaraderie, and a high level of personal and professional respect. At AHS, you can find your ideal balance between work and life through your benefits package, development opportunities, and local programs designed to support staff.