After the last pine needles have fallen, the carol choruses have faded, and the stockings unhung from the chimney with care, there is one (however unwelcome) carryover into the New Year from Christmas: our burgeoning waistlines. Why not meet and beat the bulge this year with the resolve to set new patterns, drawing inspiration from these fitness themed events in G. Prairie? These activities are a perfect complement to one another, offering balanced options for those ready to partake and jump right on the BOSU ball, and those wanting to cheer on and observe as the first step in implementing healthy practices in their lives.
As if the demands of a summer triathlon weren’t strenuous enough, Alberta has decided to up the ante and add the opponent of the elements this year at the first ever Grande Prairie Winter Triathlon. While many of us are content to curl up by the fire and meet winter in submission, a tenacious group in varying age groups will combat it head on in full or half-length courses. Commencing at 10am at South Bear Creek, the three legs of the race (a 5KM snowshoe, a 10KM skate, followed by a 10KM ski) will guide the competitors through the most picturesque spots of our great city. This event is not strictly for the athletically inclined extremists however, anyone can set up shop along any of the course’s pathways, and cheer on the racers as they pass. Just don’t forget to pack a thermos of hot cocoa!
We all know the drill, so much so that we resign ourselves to it: turning the fresh page of a new year, we all over zealously wish to fill it with lofty goals of early morning workouts, wheatgrass shots, and cutting carbs. Though more often than not, regiment gives way to routine, typically because we don’t reinforce our fitness pursuits with adequate knowledge that is conducive to long-term sustainability. This two month workshop at the Eastlink Center does just that, and will substantiate fitness from popular misconception. Held Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays during this time frame, a group of industry professionals will take you through ability-specific workouts, offering education through emails, body assessments and seminars, and rewarding the most improved participants of each gender with a $1000 prize. Come and create the best version of yourself.
At the Paradise Inn Grande Prairie, we understand that as all the merriment surrounding Christmas can get a bit taxing, and that gearing down from the holidays is as essential as gearing up. With your comfort being of the utmost importance to us, book with us today to decompress from the stress of the holidays.
The Staff and Management of the Paradise Inn and Conference Centre would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Thank you for making 2014 a successful and great year, as we look forward to the many changes coming in 2015!
Come see Adrian "the Bully" Woolley vs. Eric Wilson for the Xcessive Force Fighting Championship Flyweight title. Friday Oct 24th, 2014 at Entrec Centre at Evergreen Park.
Doors open at 6pm/ Fights start at 7pm
We are a proud sponsor of Xcessive Force Fighting and live entertainment in the Grande Prairie marketplace.
When choosing accomodations in Grande Prairie choose local and stay at the Paradise Inn & Conference Centre!
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We are proud to be a local sponsor of live entertainment. Come see Disney's Tarzan and stay with us at the Paradise Inn & Conference Centre. We welcome all our out of town guests to what will surely be a fantastic show.
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As we move into the chilly fall season, Grande Prairie continues to buzz with exciting entertainment. If you’re staying in our town for a few nights this fall, or perhaps longer, don’t miss a few of these upcoming shows and events. If you have any questions at all, just ask our friendly and helpful staff!
Trick or Treat at Centre BooThousand!
The Grande Prairie Regional Tourism Association is hosting this great family friendly event on the afternoon of Oct. 31 from 10:30am-1:30pm. Join residents and visitors alike for fun Halloween festivities at the Visitor Information Centre, including colouring activities and contests and trick-or-treating. Be sure to bring a sack for candy and the kids in Halloween costume. This event is ideal for kids 12 years and under.
Ladies in Red Fashion Show & Candlelight Gala
The Ladies in Red Fashion Show & Candlelight Gala is an annual fashion show put on by leading women in Grande Prairie to raise awareness about the prevalence of heart disease amongst women. Join them this November 6th as they stroll down the carpet in Grande Prairie for a great cause!
Dueling Pianos @ Maddhatters
On November 6th or 7th, head to the Madhatters Liquid Lounge for an amazing evening of competitive entertainment. The concept is simple: two talented musicians compete for the adulation of the audience in a fun evening of musical extravaganza. Pianos begin at 9pm. Give Madhatters a call at 780-532-9080 to reserve your seat today. Note: there is a $10 cover charge for this event.
Welcome to the Paradise Inn & Conference Centre in Grande Prairie Alberta. Whether you’re coming to our city for one night or many, we are your best choice for a comfortable and affordable hotel in Grande Prairie, Alberta. Book your stay with us today!
We are excited to let everyone know that Phase 2 of our ongoing renovations to Tractor Jacks and Major's Homestyle has started. Come in and see the changes happening. Don't forget about our famous Sunday Brunch, available every Sunday from 10am-2pm.
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While it might still technically be summer, the boys of winter will soon be returning. Grande Prairie’s own AJHL (Alberta Junior Hockey League) team, the Grande Prairie Storm, will start training soon and their season opener is right around the corner. Don’t miss the chance to check out one of Grande Prairie’s hottest winter tickets while summer is on!
The Storm take their first steps towards preparation for the season with their summer training camp at the Coca Cola Centre. Come check out new players and veterans alike as they fight for a spot on the opening day roster! On August 27, two sessions will be open to the general public: a hour morning skate at 10:15am and an afternoon hour skate at 3:15pm.
August 28th features the Storm’s first game action as they take on the Whitecourt Wolverines in an exhibition game at Revolution Place! Doors open at 6:30pm and the puck drops at 7:30pm.
On September 5th and 6th, the real deal gets underway. The Storm will face the Bonnyville Pontiacs for a double-header home opener! Gametime is 7:30pm for both nights. If you’re a hockey lover and you need to get your hockey fix as soon as possible this year, then you’ll definitely want to take part in this late-summer hockey action in Grande Prairie.
Tickets for Storm games can be purchased at the door, by telephone at 780-538-0387 or online.
Need a place to stay while you’re in Grande Prairie? Paradise Inn & Conference Centre Grande Prairie has got you covered. In addition to our fantastic rooms, you’ll enjoy special amenities like our on-site bar & restaurant, pet-friendly services, complimentary bottled water and more! Planning a conference or a special event? We have fully-equipped conference facility with over 8,000 square feet of space for you to use as you please.
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What started in 1995 as the Bud Country Jamboree has grown into the Peace Country’s largest festival. Each year, locals and visitors alike take in the sounds of international country superstars as they take the stage at the Bud Country Fever. Come on down June 28th-29th to take in the biggest country music festival the Peace Country has to offer! The festival has evolved from it’s humble roots of local music to include names such as Brad Paisley, Neal McCoy, Keith Urban, and Lonestar.
This years line up is sure to keep festival goes on entertained with A-list bands The Road Hammers, Big & Rich, Brett Kissel, DOC Walker and more are all set to play. On Saturday June 28th, get ready to relive all of your favorite songs when Creedence Clearwater Revisited hits the mic. With shows starting Friday evening and running until Sunday night, you’ll want to check out the full event schedule to make sure you don’t miss your favourite band. In addition to great live music, you can expect a great lineup of vendors and food, as well as a bouncy castle to keep things lively.
Each year this festival not only provides world class entertainment to the region, but also donates thousands to local causes and businesses to maintain good relationships with the surrounding community. The venue, Evergreen Park, has been a favourite in Grande Prairie for it’s versatility. The park not only offers a great place for festivals, but also camping, a racetrack, an exhibition center, and is one of Western Canada’s premiere Baseball venues. Much of the park’s expansion and recent upgrades has been assisted by the Bud Country Fever.
Want to take in the show without the fuss of setting up a tent? Our Grande Prairie hotel is located just minutes away from Evergreen Park. In addition to a comfortable hotel rooms with modern amenities, you’ll also have the added benefit of on site dining and lounge, and a daily complimentary hot breakfast to fuel up for a day at the festival!
Rodeos are beloved annual tradition in countless prairie towns, but few can boast a rodeo as extensive and exciting as the annual Grande Prairie Stompede!
Happening from Wednesday May 28th to Sunday, June 1 at Grande Prairie’s Evergreen Park, the 37th Annual Grande Prairie Stompede is the most popular annual attraction in our city, drawing more than 30,000 visitors and inspiring a whole host of celebrations and special events around town.
Much more than just a rodeo, the Stompede is host to a variety of events and attractions including a midway, beauty pageant, chuckwagon races, concerts and more.
Among the Stompede’s marquee attractions is its Beer Gardens which is the site of some high-profile concerts from international country music stars. Headliners for 2014 include Canadian country singer Gord Bamford and chart-topping country star John Michael Montgomery. Tickets for the beer garden concerts are $30 for Friday and $35 for Saturday, available for purchase on the Stompede website. As a bonus, you won’t need to print your tickets out this year as the festival will scan your ticket from your smart phone.
The Stompede midway is an equally popular attraction. It features a wide variety of heart-pounding rides and games for both young and old. Daily all-access midway wristbands range from $32 to $38.
To see some of Grande Prairie bright and beautiful young ladies showing off their many talents, you won’t want to miss Miss GP Stompede pageant, which is a hit year after year.
And, of course, there’s the main attraction: the rodeo events. The Stompede is the first stop of the year on the pro circuit for many competitors who give it their all in events like saddle brone and steer wrestling.
Visiting Grande Prairie for the Stompede? We’ve got your accommodation needs covered! The Paradise Inn Grande Prairie is one of Grande Prairie’s newest and most well-equipped hotels, featuring an onsite bar & restaurant, modern in-room amenities, competitive rates and much more.
Winter is still here (for at least a month or so more, anyway), so it’s best to take advantage of the winter weather while it’s around—and what better way to embrace the season than to head to the hills! Grande Prairie is just north of some fantastic ski hills. Whether you prefer downhill or cross-country, you’ll be sure to find something to tickle your skiing (or snowboarding) fancy.
Nitehawk Recreation Area
Nitehawk Recreation area is a downhill ski area located 14 km south of town. Nitehawk boasts 9 runs, a mogul course, a halfpipe and two terrain parks. ALL runs are lit up at night for night skiing. Nitehawk also offers an exciting luge track—after some introductory lessons, all are welcome to try it out! In addition, a variety of ski and snowboard lessons, courses and certification programs are available. It’s the largest non-mountain resort of its kind in Northern Alberta.
Wapiti Nordic Ski Club
The Wapiti Nordic Ski Club is a first-class nordic ski facility located just 8 km south of town. Skiiers will find more than 35 kilometers of skiing trails—suitable for both skate and classical techniques—at their disposal. In addition, the club has the longest night skiing trail in Alberta. With adult and children’s ski lessons available as well as the women-only “Chicks on Sticks” and men-only “Tanks on Planks” programs, you’ll find something for everyone. Ski rentals are available at the club.
When you hit the slopes before winter ends, come stay with us at the Paradise Inn & Conference Centre Grande Prairie. Need a warm meal after a day out in the snow? The Harvest Grill, our delicious onsite restaurant, has you covered! With our quality rooms & amenities and our close proximity to both the airport and downtown, you’ll have everything in Grande Prairie right at your fingertips.