The City of Grande Prairie in partnership with the Grande Prairie Regional Tourism Association is proud to announce the Grande North Winter Festival, a walkable winter festival downtown that showcases our city taking place January 14-16.
The festival hosts an array of activities throughout the downtown core including Bonnetts Energy Centre, Montrose Cultural Centre, and Muskoseepi Park. It aims to create a unique experience centered around ice and snow, to embrace the northern winters, provide residents an event to look forward to during this season, and encourage community connection.
“The City is proud and extremely excited to introduce the Grande North Winter Festival this year. The event is the first of its kind in the community, and a unique and collaborative approach to warm up the community this winter,” says Mayor Jackie Clayton. “We look forward to seeing the whole community come out to connect and take part in the various festivities taking place across the weekend to meet everyone’s interests.”
Grande North strives to be accessible to all residents in some capacity and include a combination of paid admission and free, family-centered activities.
- A free skating oval, crokicurl rink, ice slide, live music and DJs and cultural performances at the Montrose Cultural Centre
- Sleigh rides and skating in Muskoseepi Park
- Francophone Association maple taffy making at multiple locations
- Indigenous artisan sales and buskers
- Licensed ice gardens with ice carving, food and beverage at the Bonnetts Energy Centre
- Storm Home games Friday and Saturday night
- Live music at the Bowes Arena both nights including The Legendary Life of Tom Petty featuring Clayton Bellamy, McKindred, The Wild, The Standstills and The Northbloods
The festival aims to establish an annual draw to our downtown core, encouraging tourism while stimulating local businesses and organizations. Grande North is an opportunity with endless potential for Grande Prairie to help facilitate the development of one of the best winter festivals in western Canada, supporting and bolstering economic growth and tourism in the region.
The event is sponsored by the Grande Prairie Regional Tourism Association and funded by the partners of the Destination Marketing Fee.