June 2021 Newsletter

Executive Director’s Message

Tourism has survived the pandemic and is alive and well here in the Grande Prairie Region. We are so looking forward to what is shaping up to be one awesome recovery summer, particularly with Covid-19 related restrictions being lifted July 1.

Everyone here at GPRTA is excited as we anticipate the floodgates of travel opening. The trend we anticipate is this region being impacted most by people from all over the country converging to visit family and friends. We have all missed this interaction with loved ones.

Therefore, we are focusing on highlighting all the region has to offer and promoting Pride of Place discovery throughout the Greater Grande Prairie Area. We have so many amazing places waiting to be discovered, experienced and revisited.

We are also thrilled that events and other aspects are re-opening and returning very quickly to the Peace Country.

The Heritage Discovery Centre has reopened downstairs at Centre 2000, Philip J. Currie Museum is scheduled to reopen on June 24, summer camps are reopening, including Nitehawk Summer Bike Camp and others offered by organizations like the City of Grande Prairie, County of Grande Prairie, Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum, Grande Prairie Regional College, Centre for Creative Arts, and Art Gallery of Grande Prairie.

The Canadian Motorcycle Tourism Association’s, Rumble Alberta is underway, so we expect hundreds of motorcyclist traveling through the region and discovering what this great area has to offer.

The PBRA-BuckWild is on track for this fall and tickets are now on sale at Revolution Place Box Office. This is going to be a wild ride as Profession Bull Riders take the stage to determine who will be able to last the longest.

Later this summer, Country Roads RV will be hosting Open Farm Days, their annual Corn Maze and, new this year, their Sunflower Festival which we are all looking forward to experiencing for the first time.

We are so thankful to our dedicated members who have persevered through these challenging times and we encourage as much as possible, to support local business to assist in their recovery.

If you live in Grande Prairie or are a visitor, please keep in mind that downtown businesses are in particular need of your patronage with Phase 4 of the Downtown Rehabilitation and Streetscapes Project underway this summer and into the fall.

This project involves reconstruction of the roadway and infrastructure on 100 Ave. from west of 100 Street to 98 Street.

Have a great summer, everyone! I look forward to seeing you at the GPRTA office or out and about at an event or attraction.