With an estimated population of 63,166 people, Grande Prairie is the 7th most populated city in Alberta. The city is located 460 kilometers Northwest of Edmonton. Established in 1951, Grande Prairie was Alberta’s first County.
There are various ways to reach to Grande Prairie. If driving, you can take Highway 43. This highway is fully paved and is almost completely four-laned. Alternatively, you can also take the Alaska Highway.
If you’re looking to fly, there’s an airport right in the city, the Grande Prairie Regional Airport. The airport receives flights from Fort St. John, Calgary, and Edmonton and has connections to the rest of Canada and the U.S.
Grande Prairie is undoubtedly a great place to buy investment property, visit or live.
This city has a lot to offer. Whether you love nature, art, festivals, shopping or wildlife, you’ll find something to do in Grande Prairie.
With that in mind, here are the 6 best things to do in Grande Prairie, Alberta.
1. Annual Festivals
Grande Prairie hosts a number of festivals every year. Perhaps the most notable one is the Annual Fiddlers’ Jamboree. The festival was first held in 1987 in the kitchen of the Grand Prairie Museum. The festival provides fiddlers and fiddling enthusiasts an opportunity to come together and celebrate music and diversity.
Another festival to look forward to is the Bear Creek Folk Festival. Hosted annually on Borstad Hill in Muskoseepi Park, the Bear creek Festival features 4 stages with over 30 provincial, national, and international touring artists. Whether you like rock, gospel, blues, country, contemporary or traditional folk, the festival has got you covered.
You also don’t want to miss out on the Maple Sugar Festival. Enjoy delicious maple taffy, door prizes, horse drawn wagon rides, and plenty of entertainment and activities.
2. Amusement Parks
Are you looking to have a fun and entertaining day with your friends and family? Grande Prairie’s amusement parks are the perfect way to enjoy a fun day out.
The first option is the Grande Prairie Regional College Climbing Gym. Known as the GPRC, this amusement facility features over 3,500 sq. ft. of climbable space. The diverse terrain ensures that there are challenges for people of all ages and abilities.
Another option you have is the Jump Yard. The Jump Yard is a 20,000 sq. ft. indoor trampoline park featuring super hoops, a trampoline dodge ball, a massive foam pit, and wall-to-wall trampolines.
You can also enjoy one of the best, immersive, interactive escape games at the Trapped Escape Room. Participants have 45 minutes to escape a room by solving codes, riddles, clues and more. Whether young or old, there are a variety of rooms suitable for all ages.
Grande Prairie is home to many museums and galleries. One such museum is the Grant Berg Gallery. It is the region’s premier commercial art gallery, representing roughly 35 artists. Collections include photography, jewelry, carvings and paintings.
Grande Prairie Museum is another museum you can consider. It’s set in the picturesque Muskoseepi Park in Grande Prairie and depicts the region’s history. It was originally opened to the public in 1971 and is open year-round.
Other options to consider include Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum, Center 2000, Center for Creative Arts, Heritage Discovery Center, and Art Gallery of Grand Prairie.
4. Nature & Outdoors
Whether you prefer mountain biking and summer hiking or snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, Grande Prairie is the right place for you.
You can begin your adventure at the Muskoseepi Park. Muskoseepi Park is a hidden gem near the downtown of Grande Prairie. The 100-acre park features 6 distinct areas offering different options for patrons of Muskoseepi Park.
Here, you can enjoy more than a dozen kilometers of paved trails perfect for hiking and biking. The park is also home to several events, including the Bear Creek Folk Festival.
Besides Muskoseepi Park, there is also the Saskatoon Island Provincial Park. Located just 15 minutes west of Grand Prairie, Saskatoon Island Provincial Park is an island of forests and wetlands in a sea of farmland.
The 100-hectare provincial park is surrounded by water – bordered by Little Lake on the south shore and Saskatoon Lake on the north shore. You can enjoy bird watching, picnics, and summer camping.
Other outdoor places to visit include Nitehawk Recreation Area, O’Brien Provincial Park, The Historic Heritage Village, and Grande Prairie Skateboard Park.
Grande Prairie is a shopper’s paradise. It’s often referred to as the “Shopping Capital of the North.”
The downtown area is home to more than 400 retailers, large and small. Some of the top retailers include Forbes & Friends Flair Boutique, Four Corners Tea, the Farmers’ Market, Walmart, Best Buy, Staples, Future Shop and Costco.
You can also find Grande Prairie Premium Outlets in the city.
6. Camping & Accommodations
Grande Prairie offers many options when it comes to camping and accommodations. There are plenty of full-service bed and breakfasts, hotels and motels and more than fifty camping grounds available for visitors.
From the very basic to full-service facilities, you can be sure to find something to suit your needs. Basic amenities include water taps, electricity, coin laundry, phone, heated showers, and indoor washrooms.
Generally, camping fees are paid by self-registration (cheque or cash). You may also be able to make your reservation online for Historic Dunvegan Provincial parks, Young’s Point, and Saskatoon Island.
Clearly, Grande Prairie is a hidden gem! There is no shortage of things to do and see in this city. So, whether you’re planning on buying investment property, planning a vacation or living in Grande Prairie, you will have no trouble staying entertained by all the city has to offer.
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