Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada is the main commercial, industrial and agricultural hub in the Northern Alberta region of Canada. Once a trading post for the Hudson Bay Company servicing fur traders, the community now focuses on the agriculture, forestry, oil and gas industries.
Grande Prairie, also named "Swan City", is part of a county of communities including the villages and towns of Sexsmith, Clairmont, Wembley, Beaverlodge, Hythe, Valhalla, La Glace, Teepee Creek, Bezanson, Wedgewood, Grovedale, DeBolt, Crooked Creek and Valleyview.
Being that Grande Prairie is the main service centre and transportation hub in the county it provides many of the services important to travelers. Some of the services include accommodations, restaurants, taxi cabs, airport, banks, attractions, campgrounds, gas stations, grocery stores, theatre, art galleries, post office, tours, internet, guides and laundromat. The big box stores are located west of downtown.
Grande Prairie also enjoys a year round adventure season. To the east of the community of Grande Prairie is a forest of aspen trees and the Smokey River, to the north is the boreal forest and Saddle Hills and to the south is the river valley of the Wapiti River. In between are fields of prairie grass and rolling hills.
The prairie landscape of the region provides an opportunity for a year round activity season. Some of the activities in the region enjoyed during the summer months include hiking, birdwatching, fishing (trout, pike, walleye, grayling, perch), canoeing, kayaking, boating, water skiing, horseback riding, golfing, hunting, mountain biking, picnicking and off roading.
During the winter months, after the snow has fallen and the temperatures have dropped, the local trails and backcountry roads become snowshoe, cross country ski and snowmobile routes.
The Wapiti Nordic Centre located south of the community of Grande Prairie is a popular cross country skiing destination. The Big Mountain region, south of town, enjoys over 60 kilometres of snowmobile trails.