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Just in time for fall: 4 Fun Indoor Activities In Grand Prairie

posted by: Paradise Inn and Suites Grande Prairie on: September 29, 2013 3:20:13 PM

Sweater weather is well underway in the Peace Country. And as the temperature continues to dip down this fall, you might find yourself looking for more things to do indoors. Fortunately, Grande Prairie offers plenty of options.

Admire fine art, delve into the area’s past or test your surfing skills on a FlowRider machine. So if you’re looking for something fun to do inside, check out these four fun spots.

GPRC Climbing Gym
Located at Grand Prairie Regional College, this indoor climbing wall provides more than 3,500 square feet of cliff-hanging wall space. The warm and helpful staff are always on-hand to give newbies a few pointers, but plenty of climbing pros frequent the GPRC Climbing Gym as well. You’ll also find a bouldering cave and a 30-foot lead wall.

EastLink Center 
This super-popular sports facility offers a blend of field sports and aquatics, but it’s the water-based activities that really impress people when the weather turns chilly. Swim a few laps in the 50-metre competition pool or the smaller 25-metre pool, slip into the hot tub or unwind while floating down the lazy river.

There’s also Aquaterasaurus Land – a dinosaur-themed splash park with giant water-spraying vegetables and other surprises to thrill the kids. But perhaps the biggest attraction at the EastLink Center is the Free FM FlowRider. This machine simulates a wave for bodyboarding or surfing – there are only two others like it in Canada.

Art Gallery of Grande Prairie 
This unique gallery features 600 works of art, most of which were created in Alberta during the mid-to-late 20th century. This isn’t the gallery’s first home –  part of the original historic building that held all this artwork collapsed in 2007. Fortunately, no one was hurt and a well-co-cordinated recovery plan resulted in all the precious pieces being salvaged intact.

There will be two new exhibits at the art gallery starting this fall: ‘Dean Drever: Everything is going to be okay again soon’, which explores power in different forms, and ‘Unbridled Vision: Euphemia McNaught’s Lifelong Study of Horses Throughout the 20th Century.’ Both exhibits run from Sept. 28, 2013 to Jan.5, 2014.

Heritage Discovery Centre
Packed with interactive displays, survivor games and an art gallery with alternating exhibits, the Heritage Discovery Centre is a great place to sneak away from the cold. Learn about the ancient history of the Peace Country, from the Ice age until modern times, or take in displays that highlight the richness of First Nations culture.

This centre is a hit with kids. They can also pay a visit to Piper – a life-sized animatronic dinosaur that simulates the Pachyrhinosaurus species discovered in the region.

Once you’re finished exploring all the attractions Grande Prairie has to offer, settle into a relaxing room at the Paradise Inn & Conference Centre Grande Prairie.
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