Photo Courtesy Art Gallery of Grande Prairie
30th Anniversary Ribbons of Art Festival
Dec 6, 2013 – March 16, 2014
Local artists are showcased at the 30th annual Ribbons of Art Festival. Made possible through the Grande Prairie Guild of Artists Society, this exhibition showcases not only the artists themselves, but also the spirit of Grande Prairie and its natural surroundings.
Clay Ells: Weaners, Culls and Divvies
Jan 17, 2014 – Apr 6, 2014
An Alberta boy from birth, Clay Ells provides a rustic and authentic perspective on ranch life on the Canadian prairies. Ells’ art, which comes in the form of painting and sculpting, explores the rapid pace of change of ranching that has taken place only over a matter of a few decades.
Harold Klunder: This Length of Muddy Road
Jan 17, 2014 – Apr 20, 2014
Dutch-born but Canadian-raised Harold Klunder’s masterful painting and drawing collection is showcased in western Canada for the first time. Receiving a formal art education in Toronto, Klunder was heavily involved in the art scene in Toronto and takes inspiration from legendary Dutch artists such as Van Gogh and Rembrandt.
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Located just a six-minute drive from the Gallery, the Stanford Grande Prairie Hotel would be happy to host you the next time you’re in town. Got a pet? No problem! They’re welcome here too!
February is a great month for families in Grande Prairie, AB, and this year is no exception!
On Thursday, Feb 13th join the Backyardigans on their live tour across Canada right here at the Grande Prairie Crystal Centre. Kids will love the hilarious and musical adventures of Pablo, Tyrone, Tasha, Uniqua and Austin in this popular Canadian show. If your kids are a bit too old for the Backyardigans, you can send them to the Youth Open Night for a free pizza making session at the Eastlink Centre Cooking Classroom.
Come down to the Eastlink Centre on February 15th for the Family Dance in the Evergreen Energy room. For just $10/person (only $5 for kids!) you and your family can swing to the tunes of a live DJ, treat yourself at the candy bar, compete for prizes and more!
On February 17th, head over to the Muskoseepi Park Pavilion for their unique Family Day Celebration. There will be sleigh rides, snowshoeing, skating and sledding for those who want to celebrate outdoors. For a bit of a warmer day, there will also be indoor family entertainment, lunch at the concession, and a variety of family activities. Also running on February 17th is Family History Day, which consists of an afternoon of workshops about researching and chronicling your genealogy. The event includes on site genealogists, a trade show, live demonstrations, software, scrapbooking, and much more! Family History Day takes place at the Golden Age Centre. For the most interaction, bring a family item, photograph, or document you wish to preserve.
Not in town for any of these events? Not to worry! There’s still plenty of fun for all ages this month in Grande Prairie. You wont’ want to miss some of the best AJHL action by checking out the Grande Prairie Storm hockey team. No matter which activity you’re planning during your stay, you can always have a great meal at the on site Delmonica’s Restaurant and a great night’s sleep in on of our great Grande Prairie hotel rooms.
Based on the smash hit movie, this laugh-out-loud stage comedy tells the story of six down-on-their luck British steel workers who discover unexpected success as striptease dancers. Hilarious, indeed, but not suitable for younger folks or those with an aversion to scantily clad male bodies! Upcoming performances on November 7th, 8th and 9th.
This unique production combines 3 hilarious plays into one, touching on topics from history and literature. Fast-paced and wildly entertaining, it’s great fun for the whole family (and since it deals, in part, with the work of Chekov and Mark Twain it might just have some educational value to boot!). Performances take place on November 22, 23, 29 and 30, as well as December 6, 7, 13 and 14.
Treat your family to a very special production of this beloved Christmas classic! Performances take place on December 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 and 24, with an extra matinee performance on the Saturday and Sunday at 1 pm.
The Stanford Hotel Grande Prairie is an 8-minute drive from the Showcase Centre, making this a great activity for our guests.
If you’re attending the dinner theatre with that special someone, why not complete your evening with a luxurious stay in one of our Executive Jacuzzi Suites? Featuring a fireplace, plush king-sized bed and in-room Jacuzzi, it’s the perfect setting for a romantic evening.
This year the Grande Prairie Storm hockey team is celebrating its 18th anniversary as part of the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL). With over 40 years of junior hockey history in the Grande Prairie region, the Storm have a wonderful tradition of hockey to uphold. Now that the season is underway, there’s a whole lot of hockey excitement headed to Grande Prairie!
Be sure to check out the Grande Prairie Storm’s schedule to see when they’re playing a home game here in Grande Prairie. It’s a great way to catch some very exciting hockey at a fraction of the cost of an NHL game. With all home games taking place at the Canada Games Arena (also known as Crystal Centre) you get to share the excitement with over 3,000 fans! Crystal Centre has also played host to a number of other great events, including performances by Rhianna, Sir Elton John, Backstreet Boys, and more. Can’t make it to a game while in town? You can always stream AJHL games online using our hotel’s complimentary high speed internet access.
Formed in 1995, the Grande Prairie Storm were originally part of the Swan City Hockey Association and later joined the AJHL in 1996. Since joining the AJHL they have made it to playoffs every single year – including placing within the final four six times! The GP Storm have also earned the distinction of having the 2nd most wins of any AJHL team, and won the championship twice (2004 and 2009). When Grande Prairie hosted the 2004 Royal Bank Cup Junior 'A' Championship, the previous attendance record for the nationwide event was bested by over 9,000 people! It’s safe to say that Grande Prairie, AB loves their hockey! To add to their list of accolades, they have also earned titles such as Rookie of the Year (1998), MVP (2002, 2007, 2011), Best Goaltender (2004), and many more.
The AJHL plays a major role in helping young players progress through the sport. This includes scholarships for post-secondary schools with strong hockey programs (home and abroad). Players are given access to on and off ice training with high quality coaching, great facilities, a physiotherapy program, and the chance to play against some of the best talent in the province.
Have a sports team headed to Grande Prairie? You won’t want to miss our great group rates and amenities. With on-site laundry, close access to many sports facilities, and on site restaurant and lounge – your team will feel right at home.