Grande Prairie is the hub of arts and culture in the region, drawing residents from near and far to be entertained and inspired.

 

Grande Prairie is the hub of arts and culture in the region, drawing residents from near and far to be entertained and inspired.

Whether you love music or comedy, you can catch one of the many shows the city hosts with local, national, and international artists. If art is your passion, you can take in the latest exhibit on display at Alberta’s second largest public art gallery, the Art Gallery of Grande Prairie. If you want to try your own hand at art, the Centre for Creative Arts has classes for all skills, from beginners to experienced artists.

The following list is just a small sample of the art and culture that Grande Prairie has available to its residents.

Art Gallery of Grande Prairie

One of the largest cultural organizations in Alberta, the Art Gallery of Grande Prairie works to preserve, inspire, and share the world of art with the community and the region. Located within the Montrose Cultural Centre, the gallery offers free admission, art exhibitions, guided tours, educational programs, and activities for all ages. The Art Gallery features the Carlstrom Family Green Space, an interactive gallery, and self-directed studio space where visitors of all ages can participate in free art activities.

780-532-8111 aggp.ca

Centre for Creative Arts

The Centre for Creative Arts offers workspace and affordable fine art, craft, and cultural classes for aspiring artists of all ages and skills. The centre is home to a gallery and gift shop that features 100% locally made fine art and craft items.

780-814-6080 creativecentre.ca

Douglas J. Cardinal Theatre

The 508 seat Douglas J. Cardinal Performing Arts centre at Grande Prairie Regional College hosts a wide variety of local community groups, keynote speakers, musical performances, theatrical productions, recitals and annual events and shows.

gprc.ab.ca/theatre

Forbes Homestead

The Forbes Homestead is one of the oldest buildings still standing in Grande Prairie. It contains the original log structure built in 1911, used as the first hospital in Grande Prairie, as well as the two storey add-on used by the Forbes family as their residence.

The homestead was restored to its original form to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the arrival of the Forbes family and was opened to the public in 2010.

780-830-7090 cityofgp.com/revforbes

Grande Prairie Museum

Situated in Muskoseepi Park, the Grande Prairie Museum develops and hosts educational programs, tours, interactive displays, and temporary exhibits to tell the story of the region’s history. The adjoining Heritage Village is open May through September and consists of 14 historical buildings from the Grande Prairie area.

780-830-7090 cityofgp.com/gpmuseum

Heritage Discovery Centre

Located in the lower level of Centre 2000, this family-friendly, hands-on museum offers visitors a look into our past with exhibits that showcase the natural and social history of the Peace Country from prehistoric times to the present. It is home to Piper, the life-sized Pachyrhinosaurus, the Bickell Theatre and the Kin Gallery which hosts many travelling exhibits each year.

780-532-5790 cityofgp.com/hdc

Montrose Cultural Centre

The Montrose Culture Centre is home to the Grande Prairie Public Library, the Art Gallery of Grande Prairie, Jeffrey's Café and the Teresa Sargent Hall. It is a place for the community to gather in support of the arts and literacy in Grande Prairie, and provides an event space for public and private bookings.

780-357-4987 cityofgp.com/mcc

Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum

Just 20 kilometers west of Grande Prairie is the Pipestone Creek Bonebed, one of the densest accumulations of fossils in the world and home to the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum. This world-class facility uses animation, CTI scans, 3D printers, and other technologies to give visitors a unique interactive dinosaur experience.

587-771-0662 dinomuseum.ca

Bonnetts Energy Centre

The Bonnetts Energy Centre is Grande Prairie's premiere entertainment and sport venue located in the heart of the city. It houses Bonnetts Energy Arena and the Bowes. The venue hosts a variety of sporting events, concerts, shows, private functions and entertainment for the whole family, and is home to the AJHL Hockey team, the Grande Prairie Storm.

780-538-0387 bonnettsenergycentre.com