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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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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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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!
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!
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It’s almost time for Halloween and, for families, that means making sure your kids’ have their perfect costume picked out and some fun (and spooky!) activities to attend to keep them entertained. If you’re visiting Grade Prairie around that time, you’re in luck, because there are plenty of family-friendly Halloween activities that children of all ages will be sure to enjoy. Take a look a two of our top picks below and don’t forget to book your stay with us here at Paradise Inn & Conference Centre Grande Prairie Airport. We have excellent rates, a wide variety of clean and modern accommodations, and fantastic on-site amenities including dining. Call us today.
Taking place on Saturday, October 27 at Muskoseepi Park, the Halloween Spooktacular is perfect for children between the ages of two to ten. Get a passport and try to hit all of the events! Activities include cookie decorating, games, and a haunted house with three scary levels -- spooky for the littlest ones, scary for the middle-aged, and terrifying for the eldest. Bring your stamped passport to the reception desk for a chance to win a prize!
Grovedale Haunted House Halloween Haunt
The third annual Grovedale Haunted House Halloween Haunt takes place both inside and outside the Nitehawk Chalet on October 20, October 21, October 27, and October 28 from 7 to 10 pm. The feel good, family-focused event features a “Hollywood Horror Museum,” a Halloween haunt, and a supervised children’s play area for kids who are ages 10 and under. There will also be food and drinks available. All proceeds from the event’s admission go towards the Grovedale Family Events Non-Profit Group in support of future events.
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Whether you are passing through on a conference or taking a road trip vacation, everyone deserves to let loose and allow the music to take them to a different place sometimes. That’s exactly why we’ve curated a list of must-see music events happening right here in Grande Prairie! Read (or rock!) on to find out more:
Nazareth - August 9
This Scottish rock band has been pioneering the rock scene in the UK since the 1960s, and will continue to do so at the Revolution Place arena on August 9th, 2018! Famous for their song ‘Hair of the Dog’ and cover of ‘Love Hurts’, which shot them into international stardom, this is set to be a riveting show! Grab your tickets online for as low as $29, and get ready for a night of heavy head-banging!
Bear Creek Folk Music Festival - August 17-19
On their 3rd year running, the Bear Creek Folk Music Festival at Muskoseepi Park is sure to please those with all kinds of different music tastes! The music styles at this family-friendly event range from celtic to bluegrass, blues to rock, and contemporary to traditional folk sounds! It features local and international artists like City and Colour, Colin James, Michael Franti & Spearhead, and 100 Mile House. With 31 performers, 20 food and craft vendors, and adult 1-day passes starting at $75, why wouldn’t you be there?
Black Pistol Fire - August 17
This hard rock duo that have been paving their own way to success since 2009 have come into Grande Prairie kicking and screaming for their show on the 17th of August. Famous for their song ‘Suffocation Blues’, and their newest release, ‘Cry Wolf’, with a sound that mimics what can only be described as the lovechild of Led Zeppelin and Fleetwood Mac. With a festival track record of playing wild performances at Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, and Sasquatch, this concert at Better Than Fred’s is one you won’t want to miss!
After a long, hard night of fist-punching the air, come relax with a beer at Tractor Jack’s pub, then crawl into our nice, soft beds for the best night’s sleep you’ve ever had. We can’t wait to host you and cater to any and all of your needs, from breakfast to business conferences.