Leaving the beaten track far behind, intrepid explorers who venture north are rewarded with an Alberta experience as authentic as it gets. One hundred years young in 2014, Grande Prairie is 456 km (283 mi) northwest of Edmonton and the last Alberta stop on the North to Alaska Trail.
Considered the hub of the Peace region, Grande Prairie celebrates everything from trumpeter swans to the horned dinosaurs discovered nearby in Pipestone Creek. Witness the dazzling brightness of canola fields in full bloom. Savour the impossibly pure air along the hiking trails of a forest in a sea of farmland. Visit a working bison ranch and discover a lean and yummy beef alternative.
Midnight golf. Wildlands. Wild rivers. Dinosaur bones. World-class museum. See for yourself why locals call this region “The Peace Country”.
Museums and Prehistoric Sites
In the heart of the city, enjoy Muskoseepi Park and be sure to visit the Grande Prairie Museum & Heritage Village. Cross the footbridge over Pipestone Creek to the dinosaur bonebed, one of the richest in the world. It’s 45 minutes southwest of town, with the new Phillip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum set to open in 2015.
Catch the thrills and spills of steer wrestling, bronc and bull riding, roping and chuck wagon races at the annual Grande Prairie Stampede.
Join the locals and cheer on the home team at a Grande Prairie Storm hockey game. In the summer, Grand Prairie’s northern latitude means you can practice your swing until close to midnight at Dunes, Bear Creek and Grande Prairie Golf & Country Club. Downhill junkies can hit the slopes at Nitehawk ski hill, home of the only natural luge track in North America used for international competitions.
Peace Country’s over 50 lakes and rivers means a great fishing spot is always nearby. Trout, grayling, walleye and pike are the region’s main bait gobblers. You’re within an hour’s drive of 10 provincial parks, including Saskatoon Island Provincial Park and Kakwa Wildland Park. Explore endless trails by horseback or ATV in the summer, by snowmobile or showshoes in winter.
Get out into the Peace Country and discover the towns of Hythe, Beaverlodge and Clairmont. You’ve ventured this far–more unforgettable adventures are just around the corner in northern Alberta.