High Prairie, Alberta

Located approximately 200 km north-east of Grande Prairie, Alberta or 100 km southeast of Peace River, is the Town of High Prairie at the junction of Highway 2A and Highway 749. High Prairie has a population of 2,827 people (2015 stats) with 1036 dwellings (2013), and serves a trading area of more than 17,000.

High Prairie Sign - more info

Tourist Info (Archived) - more info

Museum & Tourist Info - more info

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High Prairie is on the eastern boundary of the Peace Country. The main industries of High Prairie are agriculture, forestry, oil and gas, and service industry. Other major employers include the Government of Alberta, Buchanan Lumber, Town of High Prairie and Allan's Welding. The Peace Oil Sands is Alberta's third largest oil sands resource. Estimates indicate there are approximately 135 billion barrels of oil in place in the Peace Region Deposit.The average family income is $76,730 (2013) and the life expectancy is 75.2 years. (2015)

Campgrounds: High Prairie is close to one of the largest lakes in Alberta, Lesser Slave Lake- more info

Golf Courses: There are a couple of Courses close to High Prairie - more info

Park Theatre is one of the older buildings of High Prairie - more info

High Prairie Seed Cleaning Co-op - more info


High Prairie was first inhabited by the Beaver Nation and was named after the river in the area. Muskatayosipi in Cree meant Prairie River. The first post office opened in 1910 with W. McCue the first postmaster. When the railway came in 1914 a lot of people left Grouard, a short distance from High Prairie, even moving some buildings to this new settlement. The highway was completed in 1928 and later High Prairie was incorporated as a village in 1945. It reached town status in 1950. High Prairie was originally part of the staging route to the Klondike Gold Rush. It has become a major tourist centre.

RADIO STATIONS: 93.5 Prairie FM Radio - Big Lakes Country serving High Prairie, McLennan, MD of Big Lakes, MD of Smoky River, MD of Greenview and MD of Lesser Slave River. A New-cap Radio. (780) 523-5120.
River Country AM Radio (formerly YL Radio), 610 Peace River. Kix 106.9 FM High Prairie and Fairview.

High Prairie Health Complex . Located on the east side of High Prairie the facility has 30 acute care beds and 67 continuing care beds.

Airport: High Prairie has a small airport located 5 km west of the town. The runway is 3933 feet long and can handle small aircraft including helicopters. (780) 523-3698.

High Prairie Elks Club, 780-523-3724 Elks website

High Prairie Chamber of Commerce website

Buchanan Lumber - more info

Health Authority - more info

Hospital (Archived) - more info

Schools - more info

The Gordon Buchanan Recreation Centre officially opened on April 4, 2008. Next to it is the Sports Palace Arena. There are special events held throughout the year. 5409-49 Street. (780) 523-4044. High Prairie Curling Association. (780) 523-3588. Home to the High Prairie Regals, (Senior Hockey team) NPHL, that challenges other teams in the Peace Country.

MORE Archived VIDEOS & PHOTOS of the High Priaire Regal: NPHL Feature Page

The High Prairie and District Amateur Rodeo Associations Annual Spring rodeo is held mid May at the Elks Stampede Grounds, approximately 2 km north of High Prairie. It is a two day event.

The Elks Pro Rodeo is held in August. It is the biggest event of the summer for this area. Includes pony chariots, rodeo events, chuckwagon races and midway. The Agriculture Fair is held in August at the Stampede Grounds. Includes exhibits, pancake breakfast, and Little Britches Rodeo, petting zoo, log sawing, horseshoe tournament.

NOW POSTED Events of the Peace Country

High Prairie South Peace News is a weekly paper of the area with a circulation of about 1900, established in 1962. Published every Wednesday. (780) 523-4484.

SKI HILL: Only a short distance is the Little Smoky Ski Hill for downhill skiing, snowboarding and cross country skiing. (780) 837-8144. Little Smoky Ski website

Provincial Building - more info

Library - more info

Elevator - more info

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