Grand Prairie’s population of approximately 63,000 means it has all the charm of a smaller town with all of the attractions and amenities of a much bigger city. This northwestern Alberta city is located within the area known as Peace River Country, and is very close to Bear Lake. Visit Grande Prairie and Peace River Country and enjoy the wide open spaces, fresh air and activities in this northern Alberta landscape.
Outdoor Fun in Grande Prairie
Grab a sled and some friends for a day of tobogganing outside in the fresh air. There are many toboggan hills to choose from in Grande Prairie, such as Avondale Park, Monkman Park – O’Brien Lake, Dalen Park, Dave Bar Arena, Adair Family Park, St. Gerard School, Mission Heights, Thrill Hill, or Borstad Point.
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Families with younger children will love the chance to go for a winter walk on city maintained trails, which are shoveled and sanded. Check out the trail at Crystal Lake (4km loop), Muskoseepi Park (3 km loop), Pinnacle Ridge Trail (2.5 km loop), Westgate Trail (3 km loop), and Countryside South (4 km loop.)
Lace up a pair of skates and enjoy some exercise outside in the fresh winter air. Grand Prairie has many outdoor skating rinks which are located at Montrose School, J.C Mackie Park, Alexander Forbes School, St.Katerie School, Swanavon School, Harry Balfour School, Crystal Park School, I.V Macklin School, and Hillside School.
Wapiti Nordic Ski Club
How much fun can you have while cross country skiing? You’ll have to try it to find out! The Wapiti Nordic Ski Club warmly welcomes skiers with all levels of experience, from beginner to pro. The club maintains 35 Kms of groomed trails and offers ski and snowshoe rentals, and lessons for all levels of experience.
Address: Range Rd 62, Grande Prairie, AB T0H 3S0
Phone: 780 539 9050
Saskatoon Island Provincial Park
Saskatoon Island Provincial Park is located just 20 kms west of Grande Prairie. Enjoy the wetlands, bird sanctuary, and closeness to nature. In the winter, there are 3.5 kms of groomed trails for skiing, ample snowshoeing opportunities, areas for snowmobiling and a shelter with a wood stove in the day use area.
Address: Range Rd 81, Wembley, AB T0H 3S0
Phone: 780 538 5350
Peace River Wildland Provincial ParkHiking, snowshoeing and snowmobiling are some of the many activities you can enjoy in the winter in Peace River Wildland Provincial Park. Remember to pay attention to all environmental and wildlife advisories. Tell someone where you are going and pack proper equipment before you venture out into this rugged and beautiful natural reserve.
Address: Berwyn, AB T0H 0E0
Phone: 780 538 5350
The Dunes Golf and Winter Club
The Dunes Golf and Winter Club isn’t just for recreational activities. Stop by for lunch or dinner at The Masters Lounge and enjoy a drink and crispy chicken wrap with your choice of side. You won’t want to miss the live show of Dueling Pianos on January 2020 from 5:30-11:30pm!
Address: 60042 TWP RD 704A, Grande Prairie, AB T8W 5K2
Phone: 780 538 4333
Grande Prairie Outdoor Playgrounds
Not all winter days are freezing, and sometimes kids just need to play outside! Bundle up in a snowsuit and warm, waterproof mittens. Check out this interactive map of outdoor playgrounds located throughout Grande Prairie.
Muskoseepi Park is 1100 acres of parkland in the heart of Grande Prairie. Bring your skates to skate on the frozen pond, or rent snowshoes for adults and children at the Muskoseepi Park Pavilion. Tobboggan down Swanavon Thrill Hill located at 88 Avenue and 102 Street. There are also trail maps at the pavilion for cross country ski trails.
Address: 102 St &, 102 Ave, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 1C1
Phone: 780 538 0451
South Bear Creek Park
Pack a winter picnic and have an outdoor feast and bonfire at one of the picnic areas. The Pavilion offers year round washroom facilities and meeting space. South Bear Creek Park also has an off leash dog area and many walking trails.
Address: 100 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8W 2Y1
Phone: 780 357 8700
Crystal Lake is a great place to go for a winter walk. It’s just a short 7 minute drive from Grande Prairie. This 3.9 km trail loops around the wetland of Crystal Lake with picnic sites along the way and there is a public use dock with benches to enjoy the view.
O’Brien Provincial Park
O’Brien Provincial Park is nestled along the banks of the Wapiti River. It’s just a short 15 km south of Grande Prairie and a great spot for winter day hikes and picnics. Pack warm boots and a delicious snack and spend the afternoon outside in the fresh winter air.
Address: Highway 666, Grande Prairie County No. 1, AB
Phone: 780 538 5350
Misery Mountain Ski Hill
Spend a winter weekend skiing or snowboarding on Misery Mountain, 195 Kms northeast of Grande Prairie. The mountain features 26 runs, lessons, rentals and the Grande Chalet.
Address: 10408 89 St, Peace River, AB T8S 1N9
Phone: 780 624 4881
Indoor Fun Ideas For Winter
Sometimes it’s just too cold to skate outside! Luckily there are many indoor options. Enjoy public skating indoors at Revolution Place, the Coca-Cola Center, which offers concessions in the Rinkside Café, or the Dave Barr Community Center.
Grande Prairie Museum and Heritage Center
The Grande Prairie Museum and Heritage Center showcases the unique cultural history of the area through exhibits, interpretive displays, and learning opportunities. Drop in on January 14 at 6pm for the 2D Needle Felting Workshop or Documenting Your life Story – Family Edition on February 10 2020.
Address: Muskoseepi Park, 10329 101 Ave, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 3A8
Phone: 780 830 7090
Kids Day Camps
Maybe you are a parent needing a day to yourself, or have to go to work and but the kids have a day off school. Kids will love Schools Out Full Days, which are day camps at the Eastlink Center, for children ages 6-12. Activities include swimming, games, arts, engineering activities and much more. This program runs all winter and spring on PD days.
Eastlink CenterThe Eastlink Center is a one stop recreation facility with all kinds of amenities. Start with a swim in the 25 meter or 50 meter pool, and move on to the hot tub, family hot tub, surf simulator, steam room or sauna. There is a dinosaur themed water park, waterslides, indoor playground, meeting rooms, gym facilities and studios.
Address: #10 Knowledge Way Grande Prairie, AB T8W 2V9
Phone: 780 830 5000
Art Gallery of Grande Prairie
This winter the Art Gallery of Grande Prairie is showcasing A Common Reality by Candace Sanderson, Pioneering Portraits, Collective Exhibition by Sonic Youth, and Curbside Museum by Enza Apa.
Address: Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2H3
Phone: 780 532 8111
Grant Berg Gallery
The Grant Berg Gallery represents 45 artists from Grande Prairie and Western Canada. Immerse yourself in the stunning collection of artwork. The gallery features paintings, sculpture, jewelry, pottery, art for sale and custom framing.
Address: 9907 100 Ave Unit 3, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 0V1
Phone: 587 259 6333
Center for Creative ArtsUnleash your inner artist at the Center for Creative Arts. There are classes (https://creativecentre.ca/classes) for kids, teens and adults in painting, pottery, sewing, drawing, carving, airbrushing, watercolor, drafting and more! Browse the unique collection of art in the gallery, or stop by the incredible gift shop feature local art and handmade items.
Address: 9904 101 Ave, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 0X8
Phone: 780 814 6080
Heritage Discovery Center
The Heritage Discovery Center is free and open 7 days a week. Kids will love Piper, the life size animatronic dinosaur! Your family will love learning about the geographical and rich natural history and resources of the area through interpretive displays and exhibits.
Address: 11330 106 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 7X9
Phone: 780 532 5790
Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum
Take a short winter road trip out of Grande Prairie (19 kms) to spend the day at the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum. The museum features short films such as Titanosaur (about the world’s largest dinosaur) and Super Power Dogs. Visit on Family Day February 17 2020 for the Dino-Cache or come any time to see the exhibits.
Address: 9301 112 Ave, Wembley, AB T0H 3S0
Phone: 587 771 0662
It’s not always easy to be cooped up inside when during long winter months. Take your kids to run around at the Sandzone indoor playground. Kids will love the indoor sandpit where they can dig in the sand and pretend that its summer, and adults will enjoy the coffee at the café. Kids will be impressed with the giant indoor playground at The Reach Center, inflatable obstacle course and café. Head over to The Jumpyard Indoor Trampoline Park for trampoline fun, indoor dodge ball, parent and tot programs and exercise classes.