Grande Prairie has been the hub of the peace since the early 1900s, making it rich with the culture and heritage of its many residents past and present.
Originally home to the Beaver First Nation and several traveling Cree Bands, this area quickly expanded with European settlement and the advent of the Hudson's Bay trading post in 1880 and railroad in 1919. As resources such as oil and gas, forestry and farming rapidly developed, so did Grande Prairie, officially becoming a city in 1958.
Today, Grande Prairie continues to attract a growing number of newcomers, continuously building our population year after year. Beyond its own population, Grande Prairie additionally acts as a regional hub serving populations across Northern Alberta, Northern British Columbia and the Northwest Territories.
The population is increasingly young and diverse. Our largest age demographic is 25-29 years old, with a median age of 30. Additionally, our population includes representation from 80+ cultural and ethnic groups.
Across the city, there are many ways to immerse yourself in the experience of Grande Prairie's culture and heritage. Visit one of our many historic exhibits, check out a significant landmark or one of many other opportunities to explore the city in new ways today!