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Christmas is less than a month away, which means it’s time to start your holiday shopping. With Black Friday and Cyber Monday around the corner, there is no better time for a little retail therapy. Luckily, if you’re going to be in Grande Prairie this holiday season, there are so many great places to shop. Check out this list of where to shop for the holidays in Grande Prairie.


Prairie Mall Shopping Centre

Visit the Prairie Mall Shopping Centre this holiday season and get your shopping done all in one place. This is by far the largest shopping mall in the area and it has every store you could possibly want. Apparel stores include Laura, Mark’s Work Wearhouse, Marshalls, Lululemon Athletica, and Urban Planet. You’ll also find Foot Locker and The Shoe Company here if you need to do some shoe shopping. After makeup or skincare? Bath and Body Works, Saje, The Body Shop, Shoppers Drug Market, and the newly opened Sephora are all great choices. Finally, all kinds of gifts can be bought at Coles or Dollarama and there are plenty of food joints if you’re looking for gift cards, including Subway, Starbucks, A&W, and Tim Hortons. 



Not into shopping at the mall? Head over to Westgate, where you’ll find an outdoor shopping complex with tons of great retail options. This plaza just north of Highway 43 is where you’ll find Moores Clothing for Men, Dollar Tree, La Vie En Rose, Party City, and Urban Barn. Although not technically part of Westgate mall, just across the street on the other side of the highway lies Winners, Best Buy, and Costco. Walmart Supercentre is also only a short drive away. 


Overall, whether you plan on doing your holiday shopping at Prairie Mall Shopping Centre or at some of the strip malls on the west side of town, you’ll love all the options you have in Grande Prairie. A reminder that with the ongoing pandemic, face masks or coverings are mandatory in all public indoor spaces, as well as social distancing. 


If you’re visiting Grande Prairie, Alberta this holiday season, then we recommend reserving a room at the Paradise Inn & Conference Centre Grande Prairie Airport. We combine quality service and family-friendly amenities with a convenient location close to all the best shopping in Grande Prairie. 



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Whether you are in Grande Prairie to see some old friends or to go on an adventure, there are plenty of fun activities you could take up while staying in this beautiful city that would keep you engaged and keep you in the fall spirit. 

Here are our top recommendations for experiencing the best of fall in Grande Prairie:



What better way to stay in the fall vibe than to be walking around the city and witnessing up close and in person the beautiful transition into the new season.  

Visit the city of Grand Prairie trail maps and get out to explore the 100km+ of walking routes on offer to you.



If you would like to pick up some last-minute fall gear, Prairie Mall shopping centre has you covered. 

Whether it is buying new books to read, clothes to wear, or ingredients to cook your favourite fall-inspired meal, this shopping centre has tons of stores and shops that can accommodate your needs.



The Grand Prairie sundial is a unique attraction that you should add to your Grande Prairie to-do-list. Not only because of the sundial itself, but because of the beautiful scenery that surrounds it. 

Towering 12m and with ample parking, it's a sight not to be missed.


If ticking off these fall activities is high on your fall bucket list, book your stay at the Paradise Inn & Suites Grand Prairie. We offer comfortable accommodations and quality amenities for your stay. 


It might be the middle of winter, but that doesn’t matter all that much in Grande Prairie. Whereas other cities tend to shut or slow down when the weather gets a little chilly, this isn’t the case in Grande Prairie, which always offers its visitors something fun to do. And if you’re planning on visiting the city during February, March and into April, fun is just what you’ll find. Below, we take a look at just three of the events that you’ll have to look forward to during your trip. 

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Winter fun

Some people try and shelter themselves away all winter, but even in sub-zero temperatures, there are plenty of opportunities to have fun, and once you bundle up, you can make the most of it! On February 17th, you and all members of your family can look forward to the annual Winter Family Frostival, which will be taking place at the Crosslink County Sportsplex, between 12 pm to 3 pm. At this event, winter fun includes sleigh rides, ice carving, ice skating, snow painting, and snowshoeing! 

Buying souvenirs

What better way to capture the special moments on your trip to Alberta than by bringing a souvenir home with you? The 7th Annual Critter and Craft Sale will be held on April 25, from 10 am to 3 pm, at the Drysdale Arena at Evergreen Park. This is a local farmers market unlike any other where you'll find almost anything under the sun. Featuring over 100 vendors onsite, you can go home with crafts, clothing, bath and beauty products, woodworks, jars of honey, poultry, rabbits, goats, pigs and much more! Find things you didn't know you needed! This public market is free for all to attend. 

Comedy fun

Do you love comedy? Do you desperately need a laugh to shake the winter blues? Then make sure you get in line to see the 12th annual Snowed In Comedy Tour, which is the largest cross-Canada tour of its' kind! The comedy showcase makes its' stop in Grande Prairie at the Douglas J. Cardinal Performing Arts Centre on March 11. The show has toured internationally and features accomplished comedians that are not only hilarious, but they ARE the show. This year's stellar line-up includes Erica Sigurdson, Pete Zedlacher, Dan Quinn, and Paul Myrehaug of the Debaters. Get your tickets before they sell out!

It is possible to experience the best of Grande Prairie in winter whether at a family friendly winter festival, a great comedy show or at a farmers' market. After a full day's fun and adventure, you'll be seeking out fabulously comfortable accommodations that offer a peaceful and relaxing stay experience. At the Paradise Inn & Conference Centre Grande Prairie Airport, you’ll have everything you need to feel taken care of in your home away from home, including plush bedding, free high-speed Wi-Fi, TELUS Optik TV, onsite pub and restaurant, and complimentary hot breakfast served daily. Book your stay with us today!


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The Grande Prairie community comes alive and radiates during the holiday season. Streets become wrapped in lights, stores are bustling with eager shoppers, families unite for age-old traditions, and friends come together over hot cocoa.


Heading to the good old Grande Prairie for the holidays? Check out these upcoming holiday events to make this year's trip a memorable one. 


Santa Parade 

On December 1, the annual Santa Parade takes over the Grande Prairie downtown streets. Starting at 4:00 PM, the parade begins its journey between 100 Avenue and 102 Street. Bundle up, find a comfy spot, and watch as Santa floats fill the streets. The parade ends at Revolutionary Place.

Tree Lighting

Following the Santa Parade is the annual Tree Lighting ceremony at Revolution Place. Local band, Whiskey Coalition plays an outdoor show while the Grande Prairie Storm hockey team keeps guests warm with hot chocolate and cookies. 


At 5:30 PM, Mayor Bill Given officially begins the tree lighting. Afterwards, enjoy a free screening of The Grinch inside the Bowes Events Centre and take photos with Santa Claus! Don't miss out on this fun and free event for the whole family. 


Annual Canadian Christmas Tour

The 16th Annual Canadian Country Christmas Tour returns for an exciting show at the Paradise Inn & Conference Centre. On December 6, witness live performances from four Canadian Country Music Award (CCCMA) winners and JUNO? nominees, such as Duane Steele, Sean Hogan, Adam Gregory and Thomas Wade. 


The evening features a full bar, a dance floor, and of course the best in Canadian country music! Tickets are $35.00 for adults, $15.00 for seniors, kids age 17 and under $15.00. Kids 10 and under are free. Get your tickets today!


After you dance away the night into the early morning hours, find your way to a comfortable bed at the Paradise Inn Grande Prairie located above the Canadian Christmas Tour concert! Find no hotel closer, more convenient, and comfortable than Paradise Inn. Book your stay today!

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There’s also something fun to see and do in Grande Prairie. You can explore the natural surroundings, check out the local museum, or attend one of the many one-off activities and happenings that may occur on the spot. If you’re visiting in late October and are looking for something fun to do, then read on below, where we outline three of many events in Grande Prairie. Coming up we have fun evenings for a good cause and two special Halloween events.

Fun for a good cause

Want to have fun, do your bit for a good cause, and also sample some of the local life in Grande Prairie? Then consider attending the RMHCA Once Upon a Time Ball, which will take place on October 26, and will feature plenty of fun activities for children and adults alike. All the money raised will go towards the Ronald McDonald House. Last year, $67,000 was raised!

Halloween ale

What better way to celebrate the Halloween season than by having a fun night with your loved ones? At the Scarecrow Fest-of-Ale event, you can enjoy delicious beer, live music, and amazing food, all with a Halloween spin. It’ll all be taking place at Revolution Place on October 25. 

Scary scarecrows

And if that sounds like fun, then what about a shindig? There’s nothing better than a shindig! The Scarecrow Festival Shindig will feature plenty of scarecrows, acrylic paintings, food, and a live band. Also at Revolution Place, but this time on October 26.

You should round off your trip by staying at the best hotel in Grande Prairie. At the Paradise Inn & Conference Centre, you’ll have everything you need to fully enjoy your trip away from home. We offer a range of accommodation types and provide amenities that include a complimentary hot breakfast, fitness centre, and onsite restaurant and pub.

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Planning on driving through the Canadian Prairie's this summer on your road trip? We recommend making a stop in the Grand Prairie's to discover all that they have to discover.

No good road trip is complete without some amazing food. Here are a few of our food recommendations to make your stay in the Grand Prairie's a delicious stop to remember.

El Norteño

Looking for some delicious Mexican food? Look no further than El Norteño for some delicious tacos. Do not underestimate their simple menu, these amazing tacos are fantastic enough to impress even the pickiest taco connoisseur. From veggie to meat options there is something on the menu for everyone to enjoy. You will be going up to order seconds, so make sure you try a variety of options.  

Better Than Freds

Better Than Freds is one of the best BBQ joints you can find in the prairies. This is a great option for all BBQ fans to find something that they will enjoy. Try out their delicious smoked ribs and chicken. This is also a great place to check out for some entertainment as well, they sometimes offer live music acts and even have pool tables for you to enjoy. 

Padrino’s Italian Ristorante

Looking for a romantic evening away from the kids? We recommend checking out Padrino’s Italian Ristorante. They offer plenty of amazing pasta dishes to satisfy your tastebuds. Do not forget to try their dessert, especially their tiramisu. 


Feeling excited to try some delicious food in the Grand Prairie's this year during your summer road trip? Wondering where you can stay and relax with the family during your trip? The Paradise Inn Grand Prairie provides comfortable accommodations for you and your family to enjoy all the city has to offer and relax from driving in the car. We offer a variety of rooms that will be perfect for a party of any size! 

Dinosaur Exhibit
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The Heritage Discovery Centre is a special attraction here in Grande Prairie. The museum takes you through the Mesozoic Era of the Ice Age teaching you about life and survival of that time.


Learn While Having Fun

Don’t let the name ‘museum’ fool you; the Heritage Discovery Centre is sure you blow your mind! This museum seeks to keep your attention with hands-on exhibits, video documentaries, and various displays. You'll feel engaged by participating in exhibits, asking questions to the museum staff, and seeing artifacts up close that date back millions of years. Along with the museum, you'll also have access to the Kin Gallery which includes exhibits such as “Don Everton Radio Collection”; “Horses, Wagons, and Cowboys: The Chuckwagon Story”; and “In the Shadow of the Rockies: Alberta Sasquatch Stories”.


All-Ages Welcome to Attend

The Heritage Discovery Centre is open to the public and all ages to enjoy. The museum was created with the purpose of education, so there is no entrance fee. That's right, it's free! The museum is open year-round, 7 days a week located on the lower level of Centre 2000. For exact hours please visit the City of Grande Prairie website for more info.


Paradise Inn Grande Prairie invites you to stay with us on your next visit to Grande Prairie, AB. Our hotel offers an array of suites to choose from with comfort, style, and convenience in mind. Booking with our hotel also means you'll be in a central location close to many popular attractions in our city!

Check out the Xcessive Force fighting championship on March 15

It’s not too late to get your tickets to the Xcessive Force Locked and Loaded fighting championships! The event takes place this Friday, March 15 in Grande Prairie’s TARA Centre at Evergreen Park. The Xcessive Force Fighting Championship is putting Grande Prairie on the map for world-class MMA. It’s even ranked as one of Canada’s top 3 MMA promotions and has been featured on UFC’s reality show The Ultimate Fighter. There are four incredible title fights to see, including William Carriere vs Steve MacDonald, Tom O’Connor vs Craig Shintani, Micheal Imperato vs Blake Sigvaldason, and Jordan Noseworthy vs Lorenzo Celis. Want to make this the ultimate night to remember? get a cageside table for 8 with dinner and VIP bar access for $1600, or one in the second row for $1280. VIP seats are $100 per person and a general adult ticket is just $60. Want to bring the family? A student ticket is $30 and children 6 years and under get in for free! Paradise Inn Grande Prairie Airport is a proud sponsor of Xcessive Force’s Locked and Loaded event, bringing the community together to enjoy a night of athleticism and entertainment. We’re proud to hosts avid MMA fans and newcomers to the sport who want to see what all the excitement is about. Whether you’re attending the fights alone, with friends, or with family, we’ve got great affordable rooms that will complete your unforgettable experience. Plus, Paradise Inn & Suites Grande Prairie Airport is just a 15 minute drive away from the TARA Centre, making it easy and quick to get to the event. Don’t miss out on this awesome and exciting local event! You can get your tickets at Paradise Inn Grand Prairie, or call/text 780-876-4652.

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Grande Praire is a community that loves tradition, and there’s no tradition quite like the holidays. The Christmas season is a time to be with family, to have fun, and to really take stock of what’s important in life. That’s what we’ll be doing this December, and we hope you’ll join us for these fun family events!


Looking for a fun way to give your teens an uplifting Christmas experience? Then head to nearby Sexsmith for the second annual Christmas Social at the Peace River Bible Institute! This year will be a special treat because it will feature an improv experience by The Panic Squad, a Christian improv troupe that combines comedy with a positive message.  After that, there will be a party in a safe and positive environment! If this sounds like something you or your kids would enjoy, then make sure to make it out to Grande Prairie this December!


This is good fun every year! Ugly sweater parties are a fun Christmas tradition where everyone tries to find the ugliest, most ridiculous sweater they can possibly find at second-hand shops and thrift stores and then get together and have fun. Of course, sweaters are MOST comfortable when it’s cold, so what better place to have an ugly sweater party than at the skating rink for a combination ugly sweater/skating party!

That’s exactly what’s happening at the Dave Barr Community Centre this December 22nd, in a Christmas bash sponsored by Seven Generations Energy! You bring your friends, family, skates and ugly sweaters, and they’ll bring the fun and the hot chocolate! It’s a perfect wholesome way to spend Christmas Eve Eve Eve!  

Whatever brings you to Grande Prairie, know that you’ll have a great stay by booking a room at the Paradise Inn & Conference Centre Grande Prairie Airport. The best part? We’re pet-friendly, so ALL your family can come with you!