Grande Prairie is a city in northwestern Alberta that has a population of around 55,000 people (making it the 7th largest city in the province) and a land area of roughly 72 square kilometers.
It was incorporated as a city in 1954, and since then it has achieved steady economic growth over the years along with an increasing population count.
It is one of the youngest cities in Canada and is beginning to join the ranks of other cities in Alberta as an entrepreneur-friendly city.
Grande Prairie manages to pack a lot of entertainment into a small city size.
The Coca-Cola Center and Crystal Center are used to host national sports events and music concerts on a near-daily basis.
They can also be converted into a hub that is suitable for conferences and trade shows.
Each center has its own schedule to alert people of the event that is coming next.
Nickname(s): "Swan City"
City: 72.80 km2
For those who prefer the quiet outdoors, there are several parks and trails that provide a comfortable walking experience. Those with families will be pleased to find that many of the parks are equipped with well-maintained playgrounds that will keep the kids entertained for hours on end! If you are the adventurous type, you can choose to go on the more challenging hiking & cycling trails that require some serious strength and stamina. The official website provides citizens with maps that outline all of the available trails in the city.
Due to the square-like shape that Grande Prairie occupies as a city, it is divided into four separate quadrants: Northeastern, northwestern, southeastern and southwestern. Each quadrant contains several neighbourhoods that have unique features.
Northeast Grande Prairie is comprised of the following neighbourhoods: Northgate Albinati Industrial, Crystal Ridge, Lakeland, Crystal Lake Estates, Kingsgate, Copperwood, VLA Montrose, Mountview, Hillside, Crystal Heights, Ivy Lake Estates, Crystal Landing, Trumpeter Village, and West Carriage Lane. Most of the entertainment that is available here comes in the form of outdoor parks and hiking trails. It is a quiet neighbourhood that is meant for those who want to live in a relaxing neighbourhood.
Airport, Brochu Industrial, Westgate, Gateway, College Park, Avondale, Northridge, Trader Ridge, Royal Oaks, Arbour Hills, Hidden Valley, West Terra, Bear Creek Highlands are the neighbourhoods that make up Northwestern Grande Prairie. Amenities in this area include small restaurants and shopping malls. Young people in the city like to hang out here at night to unwind after a hard day of work.
Southeast Grande Prairie consists of Highland Park, Patterson Place, Country Club Estates, Summerside, Countryside South/North, Signature Falls, Eagle Estates, Riverstone, Creekside, Brookfield, Swan City, Cobblestone, Smith, Central Business District. Amenities that you can find here include shopping malls, cultural arts centers and recreational centers for community activities. It is by far the busiest area in Grande Prairie due to the fact that most businesses are aggregated here.
The southwestern region of the city is made up of Strone Ridge, O’Brien Lake, Mission Heights, Southview, Swanavon, Westpointe, Richmond Industrial Park, Centre West Business Park, and Vision West Business Park. Aside from a few churches and some small mom & pop shops, residents will have to commute if they want access to the city’s main amenities and entertainment hotspots.
Northeastern Grande Prairie is not a rural area yet most of the houses are well separated from one another. Most of the homes here are traditional in design and fully detached, with a few of them having some kind of modern design. These homes are not the most expensive in the city but they are rather large, making them best suited for larger families or individuals that need a lot of space. The southwest region of the city is very similar in these regards. The northwestern region of Grande Prairie is unique is that there is a split between condos and fully detached residential homes. These condos are not as high-end as the ones in the southeastern zone but they are low-budget and best suited for those looking to save some money in buying a home. Southeast Grande Prairie is quite diverse in the types of homes that you can find here with respect to type, size and price. Fully attached townhomes, detached residential homes, mansions, bungalows, luxury condos and affordable apartments for rent are what you can expect to find here. The great thing about this region is that there is something for everyone, making it a hot spot for real estate in this city.
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The following table, based on data taken from the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA’s) National MLS® Report for April 2016 (the latest information available), demonstrates how homes in LSTAR’s jurisdiction continue to maintain their affordability compared to other major Ontario and Canadian centers.
The Grande Prairie Regional College (GPRC) is the only college that exists within the city. Apprenticeships, diplomas, certificates, and university prep courses are just some of the things that you can expect to find here. Some bachelor degrees are available here, although some may require a student to transfer to a university to complete the rest of the degree. If a particular program is unavailable, students will usually leave the city to pursue post-secondary education elsewhere. There are currently 12 public elementary schools (K-8), 12 Catholic elementary schools and 3 Francophone elementary schools within Grande Prairie. Many of the schools offer a high standard of education that would make any choice suitable for a child’s educational well-being. With that being said, notable schools that achieve high academic success year after year include St. Gerard, Maude Clifford, Alexander Forbes and Harry Balfour.
Grande Prairie is one of the few cities in Alberta where the economy is diversified instead of relying on a few key sources. The major economic sectors of this city include agriculture, forestry, gas and oil. Agriculture has been around since Grande Prairie’s beginnings in the early 1900s, making it the oldest economic sector in the city. Transportation is another sector that is often cited as a major contributor to the economic well-being of Grande Prairie. An interesting fact about the city is that the median age is approximately 30 years old. Young men and women from all over are attracted to Grande Prairie due to the high likelihood of finding reliable employment or starting a business. The city’s official website provides numerous job sources and resources for young people to use in order to get their careers started. With high wages, competitive business taxes and strong resource markets that are projected to continue growing, Grande Prairie has an exceptional economic profile that will only get better over time.