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Jan 2015: Target has announced that they will be closing all their Canadian locations including the Grande Prairie one at the Prairie Mall. It wasn't that long ago that the store opened, May 2013.

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Oil prices have fallen to about half of what it was a year ago, resulting in some of the lowest gas prices at the pumps in the Peace Country that we have since in the last 5 years. Some people are predicting a recession for later this year as businesses will be cutting back spending and laying off workers.

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Olivers Funeral Home celebrated its 100th Anniversary. Current owners Gene Krause says it was founded by J.B Oliver back in 1915.

Jan 2015: Canadian Tire will be building a new store on the West end of Grande Prairie along 116st and next to the Westgate Centre. Opening is scheduled for fall of 2016.

The Grande Prairie and District Chamber of Commerce is celebrating 100 years in 2015.

Feb 2015: Special Olympics Alberta Winter Games were in Grande Prairie February 20-22, 2015. More than 500 athletes were expected to compete. Cross Country Skiing, Apline Skiing, Curling, Figure Skating and more.

Homebuilders in Grande Prairie are a bit cautious going forward. In January this year there were only 2 housing starts compared to 23 in January 2014. - Grande Prairie Chamber of Commerce handed out its annual awards: Clem E. Collins Award (Chamber Volunteer) presented to Barb Metituk, Alberta Motor Association. Business Citizen of the Year – Don Gnatiuk, Grande Prairie Regional College. Dan H. Minchin Award (Long-Term Business Achievement) – Devco Developments Corporation. Above and Beyond Award awarded to Marilyn Cramer for her involvement with the World’s Largest Truck Convoy and the Special Olympics Alberta Winter Games.

March 2015: Robin Campbell, Alberta Treausury Board & Minister of FInance visited Grande Prairie and talked about future cutbacks due to the decreased revenue from the falling oil prices. A week later Priemeir of Alberta Jim Prentice also made a stop in Grande Prairie with a luncheon and question period.- The February over-all sales numbers show a 37.6 per cent drop in sales in Grande Prairie which means 86 less homes were sold in Februrary compared to the same month last year.

March 2015: Roy Bickell, long time resident of DeBolt and Grande Prairie passed away at age of 84. He was a farmer and also worked for Canfor and Ainsworth. He had donated his extensive collection of fossils to the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum. - Ward Livingston resigns his postion as Business Manager of the Grande Prairie Storm.

Grande Prairie Dream Home OPEN
Tickets for the Grande Prairie Dream Home are now on sale. This years Dream Home was opened earlier than in past years. Sneak Peak - Interior Pictures

Feb 2015: Homebuilders in Grande Prairie are a bit cautious going forward. In January this year there were only 2 housing starts compared to 23 in January 2014.

Events of the Peace Country



March 2015: MLA for GP Smoky Everett McDonald has been named Associate Minister of Agriculture as the current Minister, Verly Olson is taking time off for health reasons. The 2015 Peace Country Classic Agri-Show celebrated its 30th year.

Actor Dan Akroyd will be back in Grande Prairie for the Amber Ball in September. The Harley Davidson fundraising ride will now be an anuual event for the Phillip J Currie Museum in Wembley.

Future Shops Close Across Canada including
Grande Prairie Location

March 2015: 66 stores closed permananently while another 65 across Canada would be converted to a Best Buy Store. (enlarge photo)

March 2015: Victory Church Celebrates 20 years, located near Royal Oaks. Charles Spencer High had its official Grand Opening. Grade 9-12, with 1,000 students.

April 2015: A location has been confirmed for a new Catholic Junior-Senior High School. It is hoped to be open in 2018 located in Whispering Ridge subdivsion, northern part of Grande Prairie. -Alberta Premier Jim Prentice announces Albertans will be going to the polls May 5th. is the first website in Grande Prairie to post this news.

-Peace Windows in located along 100 Street (near Doug Marshall Motor CIty) Grande Prairie has closed as it filed for bankruptcy on March 31. -Cash & Camping Lottery is on again with many prizes to be won. They have opened with display of prizes at the Great Northern Casino parking lot in Grande Prairie. - Montana's BBQ & Bar and Fionn Maccool's Upscale Irish Pub are advertising franchise opportunities for Grande Prairie so these businesses may appear in Grande Prairie in the future.

April 2015: Peace Windows in located along 100 Street (near Doug Marshall Motor CIty) Grande Prairie has closed as it filed for bankruptcy on March 31. (enlarge photo)

Cash & Camping Lottery is on again with many prizes to be won. They have opened with display of prizes at the Great Northern Casino parking lot in Grande Prairie.

May 2015: The NDP win the Provincial Election on May 5th. Wyane Drysdale, PC is relected in the Grande Prairie-Wapiti riding but Everett McDonald PC loses to Wildrose Todd Loewen in the Grande Prairie-Smoky riding. See results of of each candiate in the Peace Country. CLICK HERE

Three new VIDEOS of Pipestone Creek Campground
Pipestone Creek Park is located 17 km south of Wembley, AB

Pipestone Creek - Loop A: PLAY Video 2:34min
Pipestone Creek -Loop E: Play VIdeo 3:32min
Road to the Wapiti River: PLAY Video 2:17 min

June 2015: The Vacancy rate for Grande Prairie was 2.6% for April 2015 compared to 1.3% last year. The average rent for a 2 bedroom home is $1,216 per month compared to $1,173 last year. -Long time resident of Grande Prairie Wes (Arthur) Murphy passed away on June 19, 2015. Wes along with Peter Maciborsky started Richmond Realty in 1963 and in the 1980's purchase the Re/Max Franchise then more recently the Sutton Group in Grande Prairie.

July 2015: Longtime resident of Grande Praiarie Elmor Borstad passed away at the at of 90 years. He was one of the owners of Borstad Cartage Frieght moving company and Borstad Welding. He was the mayor of Grande Prairie in 1968. Also another longtime resident of the city Margaret Heath passed away. As recent as 2004 she was elected as Alderman.- Township 71 (Formely Rics Grill on 106 st and 99 ave Grande Prairie) will be closing their doors for good on July 18th, 2015. It has been less than a year since it opened after extensive renovations to the building.

Aug 2015: Spurs Cookhouse and Dance Hall has closed after being open for 4 years. Located near north side McDonalds in Grande Prairie. The Bottle Depot (96 ave & Friendship Centre area) is moving to the old Peavy Mart Location near London Drugs Grande Prairie. It is espected to be open in the spring in the Gateway Shopping Centre. - Farm equipment dealer, Agriterra Equipment, that was located near Windsor Ford, has now moved to a new location along the Emerson Trail, north of Grande Prairie. Watson's foto source has moved next to Create a Portrait which is located south of SuperStore, Grande Prairie. A small strip mall has opened on the west side of Grande Prairie (corner of 116 street and 100 Ave) with Service Canada, Mint Health & Drugs, and Humpty's Restaurant now open.

July 1, 2015: There were over 100 entries in the 2015 Canada Day Parade that took place downtown Grande Prairie. Ken Connors of has captured the entire Parade on video. You can see it here.

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In this video, take a close look at the Boat Launch, Beach Area, Day-Use Area and the first Loop of the Campground. Campground is located west of Valleyview along Highway 43.

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Grouard - Featuring the Downtown Area
Grouard is Hamlet located about 36 km northeast of High Prairie along Highway 750. Take a drive past the St Bernard Roman Catholic Church as well as the Northern Lakes College plus view more of Grouard in this video.

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Lesser Slave Lake - Boat Launch & Beach Area
In this video, we take a close look at the Boat Launch and Beach Area of Hilliard's Bay at Lesser Slave Lake, Alberta. Hilliard's Bay is located on the northwest side of Lesser Slave Lake. The campground has 174 campsites.

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Grande Prairie Storm 2015-2016 Season
This video captures some of the excitement of Grande Prairie's team in the AJHL. The Grande Prairie Storm are celebrating its 20th Anniversary in the AJHL in the 2015-2016 season.

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Hilliard's Bay Group "A" Campground
This video takes you on a tour of the bigger of the 3 Group Camping areas at Hilliards Bay Provincial Park, at Lesser Slave Lake, Alberta.

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Clairmont, AB Celebrates 100 years
Clairmont celebrated the 100 year birthday of their community on Saturday September 19, 2015 with a parade. captured it in this video.

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Phillip J Currie Dinosaru Museum
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Sept 2015: The Phillip J Currie Dinosaur Museum is now open located near Wembley. Official Grand Opening took place September 26, the same night as the Amber Ball. - Canopy West Truck Accessories is now open next to Doug Marshall in Grande Prairie, 11308-100 Street. - Sangster's Organic Market has opened in Grande Prairie, 10408-67 Avenue.

Peace Country Candidates
Final Results of Local Candidates ELECTION October 19, 2019 CLICK HERE
All 3 PC Candidates WIN in the Peace Country. See total votes of each candidate running.
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Oct 2015: PC Candidates win all 3 ridings in the Peace Country. Chris Warkentin easily won in the Grande Prairie-Mackenzie riding while Arnold Version won the Peace River-Westlock riding. Bob Zimmer, win the Prince George-Peace RIver riding. - 2 new MAPS have been created and added to this website that shows the different depths of the lake. Snipe Lake, Lesser Slave Lake.
-The Grande Prairie Athletics have decided to not have a team in the NPHL this season. Large number of players retiring and many working shift work during the week, would mean it would be difficult to ice the minimum of 12 skaters for every game. -- Janina's Jewelers is closing their Sears location along 100 Street, but will remain open on the west side of the city.

Nov 2015: Chris Warkentin MP for Grande Prairie-Mackenzie, has been name critic for Agriculture and Agri-Food, a shadow cabinet potion. -Rona Ambrose has been chosen as the interim leader of the Federal Conservative Party. She was born right here in the Peace Country, in Valleyview. -If you have to pay a parking ticket or need an animal license, the location has changed in Grande Prairie and is now at the Enforcement Services Building at 9910-99 Ave, west of the Co-op Marketplace. -Unemployment continues to rise in the Peace Country. In October it moved up from 5.5% o 5.7%. An estimated 11,000 jobs were lost in Alberta in the last while.

Festival of Trees
is an annual event at Evergreen Park, Grande Prairie.
Nov 2015: You can view 10 photos of some of the trees that were featured at this event.
Click Here to see Photos

Nov 2015: Ken Sargent GMC and Sean Sargent Toyota have committed $1 million to the Hospital Foundation to enhance the health care for people in the region.

Grande Prairie Santa Parade
Dec 6, 2015: One of the biggest crowds were on hand to see the Santa Parade Downtown Grande Prairie. The warm temperature was the main reason as it was near the zero degree mark. Santa arrived.
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Dec 2015: The 2016 Grande Prairie Dream Home Opens early January in Taylor Estates subdivision east and south of Grande Prairie .-Trend Home Improvements has moved to a newbuliding and location, a few blocks west of Ken Sargent GMC along 102 Street, Grande Prairie.



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