Grande Prairie - Alberta

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Grande Prairie is a city in northwest Alberta, Canada within the southern portion of an area known as Peace River Country

Grande Prairie was named for the large prairie which lies to the north, east, and west of it. In the 18th century, the prairie was occupied by bands of the Dane-zaa (Beaver) peoples, who began trading with the North West Company at Dunvegan in the early 19th century. The earliest recorded reference to the prairie was by trader Samuel Black in 1824. In 1880, a Hudson’s Bay Company post called La Grande Prairie was established by George Kennedy 15 miles (24 km) northwest of the present city. In the late 19th century, the prairie was settled by Cree and Iroquois from around Jasper and Lac Ste. Anne.

The city adopted the trumpeter swan as an official symbol due to its proximity to the migration route and summer nesting grounds of this bird. For that reason, Grande Prairie is sometimes nicknamed the “Swan City”. The dinosaur has emerged as an unofficial symbol of the city due to paleontology discoveries in the areas north and west of the Grande Prairie.

Cultural venues include Revolution Place (a concert hall and hockey rink — the local AJHL team, the Grande Prairie Storm, plays there), the Grande Prairie Museum, the Art Gallery of Grande Prairie, and Second Street Theatre. Grande Prairie is also home to a professional musical theatre company, “Broadway Live Broadway”. The Reel Shorts Film Festival is a five-day international festival of short films. The Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum is located 15 minutes west of Grande Prairie. It is a 41,000 sq.ft. building with many exhibits, a National Geographic Theatre, classrooms, a Paleontology Lab, a gift shop and a restaurant.

Downhill Skiing is popular in Grande Prairie, which has a local ski hill called Nitehawk and is located south of the city on the south bank of the Wapiti River. Aside from skiing, Nitehawk also has the only North American natural luge track certified for international events and over the summer months freestyle ski jumpers can practice using the Northern Extreme water ramp facility. Grande Prairie also has a new and modern, $110 million, 450,000 square foot health and fitness facility known as the Eastlink Centre, There are a number of parks in Grande Prairie, including the large Muskoseepi Park in the Bear Creek valley which winds its way throughout the city. Muskoseepi Park has excellent bike trails extending nearly the entire length of Bear Creek, from the northwest to the southeast of the city.

Community Links

Grande Prairie Public School District – https://www.gppsd.ab.ca/Pages/default.aspx

Grande Prairie and District Catholic Schools – http://www.gpcsd.ca/

Peace Wapiti Public School Division No. 76 – http://www.pwsd76.ab.ca

Private Schools

Grande Prairie Christian School – www.gppsd.ab.ca/school/gpchristian/Pages/default.aspx

Hillcrest Christian School – https://www.aisca.ab.ca/members/hillcrest/

Colleges & Universities

Grande Prairie Regional College  – https://www.gprc.ab.ca/

Oprthern Lakes College – https://www.northernlakescollege.ca/

Finding a Family Physician

College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta
Web: www.cpsa.ab.ca

Health Link
Toll Free: 1-866-408-5465?
Web: https://myhealth.alberta.ca

Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan (AHCIP)

http://www.health.alberta.ca/AHCIP/forms.html

 

Public Health – Alberta Health Services – https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/

Queen Elizabeth II Hospital – https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/info/facility.aspx?id=1000208

PrimeCARE Health Medical Clinic – http://primecarehealth.ca/

Primary Care Network – http://grandeprairiepcn.com/Pages/default.aspx

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