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Located about 450 kilometers northwest of Edmonton, and about the same distance north of Jasper National Park, Grande Prairie offers the best of both worlds - big city amenities without losing the comfortable feel of a small, safe community and close proximity to outstanding wilderness areas.
Visit Grande Prairie Tourism website for photos and video - http://gptourism.ca/about-region
The City of Grande Prairie is an economically strong and culturally diverse large urban centre, with a population of about 75,000 and growing. Grande Prairie residents enjoy city pride, beautiful homes, A wide choice of recreation, education, shopping and entertainment opportunities.
Grande Prairie is a full service urban centre with a new Multiplex Recreational centre http://www.eastlinkcentre.ca/about/about-the-facility , community college http://www.gprc.ab.ca , numerous cultural events, alpine skiiing http://www.nitehawkalpine.com , cross country skiing http://www.wapitinordic.com, mountain biking, camping, water sports and more.
Grande Prairie is well serviced by major airlines and easy road transportation.
Public and separate elementary and high schools, private schools, a French Immersion school and a regional degree granting college offer families a range of educational opportunities usually only available in major city centers.
In the centre of Grande Prairie, winding park trails along the Bear Creek valley takes walkers, joggers, bikers and roller bladers through 15 kilometers of well treed and maintained park lands.
An Olympic-sized swimming pool, permanent indoor soccer arena, fully-equipped gymnastics centre, climbing wall facility and community fitness centre at the college, indoor hockey arenas -including a brand new twin ice arena - offer children and adults a full choice of sports and recreational activities.
Cross-country ski trails and a downhill ski facility just south of the city take full advantage of the scenic Wapiti River valley, well known for its wealth of dinosaur artifacts.
The Prairie Art Gallery, Centre for Creative Arts, Second Street Theatre, a Live Theatre group and a college theatre all run drama and arts programs and productions for community members of all ages.
A northern service centre for agriculture, forestry and petroleum industries, Grande Prairie is also a major retail shopping centre for a surrounding population of close to 250,000 people. An array of charming shops and boutiques add variety to the major retail stores and malls in Grande Prairie.
To Edmonton: 4.5 hrs
To Calgary: 7 hrs
To Red Deer: 6 hrs
To Lethbridge: 9.5 hrs
Queen Elizabeth II (QEII) Regional Hospital
The QEII Regional Hospital is a 160 bed acute care facility with a busy emergency department, ICU, NICU and specialty services in OB/Gyn, orthopedic surgery, general surgery, ophthalmology, ENT, urology, palliative care, pediatrics, and psychiatry; hosting over 10,000 discharges, approximately 60,000 emergency department visits, over 1,700 deliveries and more than 15,000 surgical procedures annually.
A new larger Grande Prairie Regional Hospital is currently under construction and is on schedule to open late in 2019, increasing the capacity to provide services to the people of Northwestern Alberta and Northeastern BC.
No. of Inpatient Beds: 165
No. of Surgical Beds: 40
No. of Intensive Care Beds: 8
No. of Labor & Delivery Beds: 6
No. of Day Surgery Beds: 8
No. of Operating Rooms: 6
Hospital Statistics (per year):
Emergency Room Visits: 56,681
O.R. Procedures: 13,759 & Endoscopy: 11,150
Available Specialty Services:
The Queen Elizabeth II Hospital in Grande Prairie is an acute care facility with 24-hour emergency services, an intensive care and neonatal intensive care unit. Services are provided in obstetrics, orthopedic surgery, ophthalmology, otolaryngology, palliative care, pediatrics, psychiatry, and urology.
Computerized Tomography (CT) Scan
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Laboratory Hours of Operation: M-F 7-4:15, SS 10-2
Kidney Dialysis Unit on Site
Cancer Treatment Services Available on Site