The City of Grande Prairie
One of Alberta’s Finest Cities
Situated 455 kilometers northwest of Edmonton, Grande Prairie got its name from the sprawling prairie that borders the city on three sides. Grande Prairie was incorporated as a village in 1914 and has thrived over the years thanks to an abundance of natural resources like oil, natural gas and timber.
Today, Grande Prairie is known as “The Shopping Capital of the North” due to its plentiful boutiques and shopping malls. It’s also called “Swan City” after the large number of trumpeter swans that migrate through the region each year.
With a population of 55,000, Grande Prairie is the seventh largest city in Alberta and the largest city between Edmonton and Fairbanks, Alaska. Downtown Grande Prairie has a vibrant art and culture scene, with annual music and film festivals, a museum, art gallery and professional theatre company. The city is also home to dozens of award-winning restaurants, cafes and nightclubs.