Grande Prairie’s position on the route to the Alaska Highway and proximity to the Rockies is a major driver for the local tourism industry. Along with the many shopping and recreational opportunities that the city has to offer, Grande Prairie has become a hub for shoppers and tourists alike.

 

Access to Exceptional Amenities 

With a growing sports tourism industry, Grande Prairie has become well known for hosting major regional, national and international sporting events thanks to world-class facilities, major airline service, over 3,000 hotel rooms, dining and shopping. 

Past successes include:

  • 2021 Alberta Disc Golf Provincial Championship (August 2021)
  • 2021 PBR Canada Finals 
  • 2018 Alberta Summer Games
  • 2016 Scotties Tournament of Hearts
  • 2015 Canada Cup of Curling
  • 2015 Alberta Special Olympics
  • 2015 Tour of Alberta
  • 2010 Arctic Winter Games 

The Community Knowledge Campus

New recreational facilities continue to add to the already robust regional tourism industry. The Eastlink Centre is one of the largest adventure and fitness aquatic venues in Canada. It offers the opportunity to try surfing, running, swimming, squash and much more. The new synthetic turf grandstand at the Community Knowledge Campus allows the City to host higher level sports tournaments at the provincial and national levels. 

Visit the Lifestyle & Community section to learn more about the many arts, culture & recreation amenities that support our strong tourism sector.

With its impressive amenities and community minded citizens, Grande Prairie is the ideal place to host a wide variety of events from conferences, tradeshows and meetings to large scale sporting and recreation events. 

Downtown Event Centre Concert

In the heart of Grande Prairie’s downtown core, Bonnetts Energy Centre is home to the AJHL Grande Prairie Storm hockey team and the biggest concerts in the Peace Region. With a seating capacity of 2,939 for sporting events and over 4,500 seats for concerts, the Bonnetts Arena can handle any sized event or trade show. Within Bonnetts Energy Centre, the Bowes Event Centre has 18,000 square feet of versatile event space with newly renovated outdoor space. With space for 700 guest banquet style or 1,400 concert set-up, the Bowes Event Centre is ready for your next event.

From boardrooms to ballrooms, the Hotel & Event Facilities Guide will help you find the perfect place to host your next meeting or event.

The tourism industry in Grande Prairie continues to thrive with ongoing investment, including the construction of four new hotels and expansions to local campgrounds and RV parks in recent years. 

Visit Grande Prairie Regional Tourism Association for more information on tourism in the region.