Leaving the beaten track far behind, intrepid explorers who venture north are rewarded with an Alberta experience as authentic as it gets. Grande Prairie, 460 km (290 mi) northwest of Edmonton, is the biggest city between Edmonton and Fairbanks, Alaska. From its humble beginnings as a Hudson Bay trading post in 1881, Grande Prairie has prospered to become the economic heart of the region. If you are heading further north, this is the last best place to provision before you leave Alberta.
Witness the dazzling brightness of canola fields in full bloom, or the flight of the biggest bird in North America, the trumpeter swan. 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. See for yourself why locals call this region “The Peace Country”.
Midnight golf. Wildlands. Wild rivers. Dinosaur bones. Here’s your insider Grand Prairie checklist!
Off to the rodeo
Catch the thrills and spills of steer wrestling, bronc and bull riding, roping and chuck wagon races at the annual
Grande Prairie Stompede.
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.
He shoots, he scores
Join the locals and cheer on the home team at a
Grande Prairie Storm
In the summer, Grand Prairie’s northern latitude means you can practise your swing until close to midnight at
Dunes, Bear Creek
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.
Get outta town!
You’re within an hour’s drive of 10 provincial parks, including
Saskatoon Island Provincial Park
Kakwa Wildland Park. Explore endless trails by horseback or ATV in the summer, by snowmobile or showshoes in winter.
Cross the footbridge over Pipestone Creek to the dinosaur bonebed, one of the richest in the world. It’s 45 minutes southwest of town, and soon to be home to the new
Phillip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum.
Get out into the Peace Country and discover the towns of
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