Grande Prairie

Population: 68,556

Grande Prairie is located at the junction of Highways 43 and 2, 277 miles northwest of Edmonton and 82 miles southeast of Dawson Creek, BC.

Visitor Information:
Visitor Information Centre/Centre 2000 on Highway 43 Bypass (11330–106 Street, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 7X9); phone 780-539-7688 or 866-202-2202.

Grande Prairie was first incorporated as a village in 1911, as a town in 1919, and as a city in 1958. The city is booming today, with a strong and diverse economy based on agriculture, forestry, and oil and gas. Grande Prairie is a regional centre for much of northwestern Alberta and northeastern British Columbia.

Grande Prairie has all visitor facilities, with lodging at major-chain motels/hotels, restaurant dining and fast-food outlets; gas stations, banks, laundromats, supermarkets; and shopping at malls and warehouse stores.

Camping at Rotary Park in town and area campgrounds.

Attractions:

  • Muskoseepi Park walking and biking trails.
  • Heritage Discovery Centre on the lower level of Centre 2000 has fascinating dinosaur and area’s industry displays and movies on local history.
  • Welcome Wednesdays June 1–August 31 include free snacks and beverages all day for visitors to the Grande Prairie Visitor Information Centre. Free Rotary Bus Tours depart here on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6:30–8:00 p.m. (also June 1–August 31).
  • Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum, a 41,000 square-foot state-of-the-art facility that includes new Alberta species never displayed before is just 12 miles west of Grande Prairie, along Highway 43.