The northwestern Alberta city of Grande Prairie boasts the perfect mix of culture, recreation, and exciting history. Dinosaurs once roamed this region and you can delve into that prehistoric past at the nearby Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum. Located at one of the world’s densest dinosaur bone beds, the museum features innovative galleries, stunning architecture, and interpretive tours through a fascinating, fossil-rich region. Experience local arts and culture at the Art Gallery of Grande Prairie (the second- largest art gallery in Alberta), professional musical theater company Broadway Live Broadway, and Grande Prairie Live Theatre, where a popular short film festival is held every May. Visit the Centre for Creative Arts, a hub for fine arts, crafts, and culture, for classes, free exhibitions, and a gift shop featuring locally made art.
Located in the heart of the Peace Region, Grande Prairie’s scenic surroundings are not to be missed. Trumpeter swans nest seasonally here – head just west of the city to Saskatoon Island Provincial Park to see the graceful birds that once faced near extinction. Muskoseepi Park is a wilderness expanse that winds throughout the city and is an ideal setting for trail runs, bike rides, picnics, fishing, and skating. At the massive Eastlink Centre, try surfing on the FlowRider surf simulator or travel back in time as you float through the dinosaur-themed lazy river.