Photos courtesy of Darrel Comeau, Misty Mountain Photography, and Grande Prairie Regional Tourism Association.
459 km to Edmonton
Agriculture, forestry, oil & gas, and services
Approximately 68,556 residents
Kindergarten to grade 12 and post-secondary
Grande Prairie is named for the broad, sweeping plains that surround it to the north, east, and west. Just south of the community, the grasslands give way to boreal forest, stretching into the foothills of the northernmost tip of the Canadian Rockies.
Grande Prairie has a youthful, growing population and all the amenities associated with city living – shops, restaurants, pubs, and active social, cultural, sports, and arts clubs.
Families have plenty of choice in schools from preschool to grade 12, with Grande Prairie Regional College (GPRC) as a local post-secondary option. There are numerous parks and playgrounds, with over 18 kilometres of walking trails to explore. World-class acts like Elton John, Keith Urban, and Rihanna have performed at the local arena, Revolution Place.
Grande Prairie is also home to Alberta’s newest dinosaur museum. The new Philip J Currie Museum opened its doors in 2015, and houses a plethora of fossils from prehistoric land, air, and water creatures. The fossils were found and excavated in the nearby Pipestone Creek Bonebed, just 30 minutes outside of the city – a popular place for families to hike, swim, camp and enjoy the outdoors.
Grande Prairie offers many big-city benefits with the perks of small-city lifestyle: shorter commutes, lower cost of living, and outdoor adventures right at your doorstep, combined with all the amenities and services you expect from urban lifestyle.