Grande Cache

Population: 3,300

Grande Cache is located on Alberta Highway 40 (the Bighorn Highway), 117 miles south of Grande Prairie.

Visitor Information: 
Grande Cache Tourism and Interpretive Centre; Summer hours July and August are 9 a.m.to 6 p.m.daily; winter hours 10 a.m.to 5 p.m.daily; shoulder season hours may vary, phone ahead to double check. Phone 780-827-3300 or 1-888-827-3790; (email).

Grande Cache was established in 1969 in conjunction with resource development by McIntyre Porcupine Coal Ltd. In 1980 a sawmill was constructed by British Columbia Forest Products Lt. Historically, the location was used as a staging and storage area for fur trappers prior to their departure to trap lines in what is now part of Willmore Wilderness Park.

Visitor facilities include 4 motels, 2 hotels, several B & B’s and lodging houses, restaurants, 2 banks and 1 credit union, 2 real estate agencies, 1 laundromat, 2 service stations (Esso and Fas-Gas) and 1 car wash. Shopping facilities include several small shopping centres, a supermarket and 2 department stores. WiFi and public-use computers available at municipal library.

Camp at the Grande Cache Municipal Campground at the north end of town (take golf course turnoff); 77 serviced sites, full and partial hookups, washroom facilities, showers, public phone, laundromat, fee $26–$32, open May 20 to Oct. 12th. Phone 780-827-2404.

Attractions:

  • Grande Cache is the Gateway to Willmore Wilderness Park, which offers hiking, big game and spectacular mountain scenery.