|HIGH PRAIRIE - Population, History, Accommodations, Camping, Golf, Rodeo, Tourist Information, Schools.|
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Welcome to the Town of High Prairie "Gateway to the Mighty Peace Country". Located in the Municipal District of Big Lakes.
Days Inn. 780-523-3050.
Raven Motor Inns. 780-523-3350.
High Prairie Elks Campground. 37 sites. Full service sites. Playground, showers. Open May to September 30. (780) 523-3724.
Winagami Lake Provincial Park. 17 km north on Highway 749 and 14 km west on Highway 679. 63 sites. Playground, boat launch, fishing, RV dump. Day use area, valley ball nets, wading pool. Open April to September 30. (780) 523-0041.
Jaycee Park. Within High Prairie. Open year round. 12 stalls, 9 with power. Ball diamonds, and hiking trails. The Rianna Otto Memorial Walking Trails start at Jaycee Park and extend 2 km to the Elks Rodeo Hall.
Wheel-In RV Park. 11 km east on Highway 2. Open April to September 30. Power and non power sites, 25 sites, RV dumping station, driving range. (780) 523-5080.
Only a 20 minute drive to Lesser Slave Lake. One of Alberta's best recreational playgrounds. Hilliard's Bay Provincial Park, Shaw's Point Resort, on the northwest shore of the lake (780) 752-3900. The Golden Walleye Classic is held each year mid August.
High Prairie and District Golf Club. 9 holes, grass greens, pro shop, club and cart rentals, driving range. 9 km west of High Prairie on Highway 2. (780) 523- 2696.
Blue Heron Golf Club. Located 6 km off Highway 749. (780) 536-2772.
Public Library. 5301-49 Street. (780) 523-3838. website
High Prairie has a small airport located 5 km west of the town. The runway is 3933 feet long and can handle small saircraft including helicopters. (780) 523-3698.
High Prairie Elks Club
High Prairie Chamber of Commerce website
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.
Town of High Prairie Office. (780) 523-3388. Located in the same building is the School Division Office No. 48. 4806-53 Avenue. For more information on High Prairie visit the
The FOX, CKVH Radio Classic Hits/Oldies (780) 523-5120
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 2,600 people (2011 stats) living in 972 dwellings, and serves a trading area of more than 17,000.
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.
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.
One of the main employers of the area is the Tolko OSB Mill which was built in 1995. Located 10 km west of High Prairie on Highway 2. Has approximately 170 staff and produces 500 million sq. ft. of OSB each year. (780) 523-2101. Other major employers include the Government of Alberta, Buchannan Lumber, Town of High Prairie and Allan's Welding. Feb 2007- Tolko closes its plant putting more than a 100 employees out of work also Ainsworth-Footner OSB Mill in High Level shut down its operation in December.
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.
The Sports Palace Arena is home of the High Prairie Regals (senior hockey team) NPHL , that challenges other teams in the Peace Country. The 2013-2014 NPHL consists of 10 teams. EAST DIVISION: Falher Pirates, Grimshaw Huskies, High Prairie Regals, Lakeland Eagles (McLennan), Manning Comets, (Valleyview Jets are not playing this year). WEST DIVISION: Hythe Mustangs, Dawson Creek Canucks, Spirit River Rangers, Grande Prairie Athletics, Fort St John Flyers. 2013-2114 NPHL Schedule-Scores-Stats.
St Andrew's School,4617-53 Avenue, Kindergarten to grade 12. (780) 523-4595. School Website.
WIth the Development of the Peace Oil Sands, it will add to to diversity of the High Prairie area that already includes agriculture, forestry, conventional oil and gas as well as tourism.
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