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Whatever brings you to Grande Prairie - family vacation, work or passing through while travelling - you'll be glad you took a little time to soak up some of the rich artistic culture of the region.
The art of the Peace Country reflects a colourful and fascinating history. Without a doubt, the first stop for anyone who'd like to learn more about the area's varied culture is the Art Gallery of Grande Prairie.
Newly restored gallery is better than ever
Following a near-disaster, The Art Gallery of Grande Prairie (AGGP) has reopened and expanded. The gallery’s previous home, the historic 1929 Grande Prairie High School, partially collapsed in 2007. Fortunately, no one was hurt as the gallery was closed at the time and a beautifully co-ordinated recovery plan meant all the art was saved.
The old gallery has been completely restored and is now connected to its larger location in the Montrose Cultural Centre. The AGGP is the second largest art gallery in Alberta working to preserve, inspire and explore the world of art. The gallery offers free admission, tours, programs, and activities for all ages. It presents about a dozen exhibitions and brings in more than 10,000 visitors each year.
Current exhibitions showcase history, nature
On display now at the AGGP are three exhibitions that feature not only the history of the region, but also some of the colourful characters for which this part of the world is known.
The first exhibit, which runs to the end of the year, is Unbridled Vision: Euphemia McNaught’s lifelong study of horses throughout the 20th Century. Euphemia (Betty) McNaught is the Peace Region’s most prominent 20th century artist.
This show centres on her images of horses spanning nearly eight decades of creativity with watercolours, oils and pen and ink. McNaught 's legacy has been a driving force behind the development of visual arts in the Peace Region.
The second exhibition is Winter on the Wapiti by Peace Country artist Robert Guest. The show is a visual diary created over four years (1984 – 1989) along the river banks of the Wapiti River, in the tranquillity distant from city life. Guest worked day and night making sketches, and then completed the works in his river-side studio cabin.
The colourful paintings evoke the peaceful beauty of the area. This Guest exhibition was first shown at the AGGP in 1989 and was recently donated by the artist to the gallery’s permanent collection. Winter on the Wapiti runs until Nov. 15.
Also on display, and running until the end of the year, is Dean Drever: Everything is going to be okay again soon. This survey of Drever’s work from 1998 to the present, explores power in many forms, and explicitly, power expressed through violence. Drever looks at individual liberty and social justice and his striking sculptures tear away the mask of dominance and power.
For anyone visiting Grande Prairie, for art, for work or just for fun, the Paradise Inn and Conference Centre is the perfect place to stay. With a variety of spotless and comfortable rooms, the Paradise Inn puts you within minutes of shopping, the business district, dining, culture and recreation.
Excitement is brewing in the local business community as it prepares for Small Business Week and the Grande Prairie and District Chamber of Commerce’s 2013 Business Excellence Awards.
“The awards are meant to recognize excellence in our business community,” said Shawna Miller, chairwoman of the chamber. “It’s an opportunity for businesses to nominate themselves or for people to nominate other businesses where they’ve seen them excel throughout the course of the year.”
Some 24 finalists have been selected in seven distinct categories, including business of the year with less than 10 employees, employee of the year, and young entrepreneur of the year. Miller said all nominees stand out for their support of the community and service to customers.
“They’ve demonstrated that they strive to be part of the community, their businesses have been extremely successful,” she said. “They’ve made a mark on the community and on the people they serve, especially for employee of the year.”
Nominees have been informed of their finalist status with a visit from a chamber member and will be publicly recognized for their nomination during the proclamation breakfast to be held on Monday, Oct. 21 at Centre 2000 from 7:30-9 a.m.
The breakfast, which is free for all to attend, is just one of the small business week events that engages the public and teaches them about everything that’s available in Grande Prairie.
“We also have a Women in Business luncheon on Tuesday and we have, obviously, our business excellence awards. We also have a large evening mixer that you know, focuses on different businesses in the community and allows them to show us what they do,” said Miller. “It also gives (people) the opportunity to come out and meet and greet and see what the business community has to offer Grande Prairie.”
Winners of each category will be announced during a gala dinner on Friday, Oct. 25.
Tickets to the gala, held at the Paradise Hotel and Conference Centre, are available to chamber members for $50 and to non-members for 60$. Tickets can be purchased through the chamber by calling 780-532-5340 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the chamber and the various events held through Small Business Week, visit http://www.grandeprairiechamber.com/.
Take the stress out of planning your company Christmas Party by letting the professional staff at the Paradise Inn take care of the details for you and celebrate the season in style in one of our versatile function rooms. Our pillar free Richmond Ballroom with vaulted ceilings adjoins a private reception area and can cater up to 350 guests with a stage and dance floor.
With many menu options available your catering requirements can be tailored to suit your individual needs and always use the freshest of ingredients. Our menus can be designed to suit every taste and budget and are delivered with excellent service.
If your party is a little smaller, we have options available for your party too. Bookings can be made in Snifter's Lounge for lunch and dinner celebrations.
Remember to be safe this holiday season by taking advantage of our "Don't take the Sleigh....Stay! rate when you have your Christmas Party here with us at the Paradise Inn and also includes a "hot" buffet breakfast.
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Stop by Snifter's Lounge for a scrumptious lunch or dinner fare and choose from a menu that includes guest favorites such as mouth watering wings, nachos, one of our delicious steaks or a selection from our full menu from the Harvest Grill.
Snifter's Lounge offers a laid-back atmosphere, great service, pool table and plenty of sports on the screen, Snifters Lounge is the perfect place to relax after a long day. It’s also a great place to entertain clients, watch the playoffs or grab a bite to eat. Open late, our stylish lounge features 5 big-screen TVs, a full size pool table and 7 video lottery terminals. In addition to drinks, Snifters is pleased to serve the full menu of food from Harvest Grill.
Snifter's Lounge also welcomes you for dessert and after-dinner drinks or a relaxing nightcap to conclude your evening. Happy hour is from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm daily!
Snifter's Lounge is available to host special events throughout the year. For information please contact our Director of Sales, Debbie Gamble at 780-830-7216 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
Summer is a great time to visit Grande Prairie. Over the next few weeks, our city offers dozens of ways to kick back, relax and have some fun. Here are some events and activities that we think are worth checking out:
Dinosaur Bonebed Tours
73-million years ago, during the Cretaceous period, the Peace Country was populated by 25 different species of prehistoric dinosaurs, birds, lizards, and mammals. Today, the region is one of North America’s richest sites for paleontological excavation, which continue to uncover troves of fossils.
On the Dinosaur Bonebed Tours, conducted by the project team of the Phillip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum, visitors can explore the region’s prehistoric past on a two-hour hike across a massive dinosaur bonebed in Pipestone Creek Park. The tours take place on Fridays at 5:00pm and Saturdays/Sundays at 10:30am and 3:30pm and cost a mere $2.50 per person.
Kokanee Komedy Nights
If you’ve never experienced live stand-up comedy, you might be surprised at just how much fun it is. If you’re looking for somewhere to take a date, entertain a client or just have a good time with your friends, nothing beats a stand-up show: it’s affordable and almost always makes you laugh more than you expect to. Head to Grand Prairie’s Great Northern Casino every Wednesday to catch two top-notch performers and enjoy an evening of laughs, drinks and—if you’re brave enough—casino games.
Rotary Bus Tours
Every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evening until the end of August, the Grande Prairie Rotary Club offers a free bus tour through the city and surrounding areas. Lasting about an hour-and-a-half, the tour requires no advance registration. Simply show up at 7:00pm at the Grande Prairie Visitor Information Centre at 11330 106th St and hop on!
Grande Prairie Corn Maze
As we get closer to the opening of the new Currie Dinosaur Museum, dinosaurs seem to be on everyone’s mind in Grande Prairie. This year’s maze pays tribute to the forthcoming museum, as you can see in the above photo. The corn maze officially opens on August 17th and stays open until mid-October. For more information, including location and hours, call 780-532-6323.
For up-to-date info on what’s going on around Grande Prairie, stay tuned to our blog! And don’t hesitate to contact our hotel if you have any questions about local events or attractions. The Paradise Inn and Conference Centre is your premier choice for affordable upscale accommodation in Grande Prairie.