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Northward Bound:
Driving The Highway To Alaska

People sitting around a campfire at night with a motorhome in the background

Grande Prairie Is Much More Than A Stopover

The historical Alaska highway runs for 1,422 breathtaking miles, with over 1,100 of them lying in Canada, winding their way through Alberta, British Columbia, and Yukon. The drive north is considered bucket list material by many, and it’s not hard to see why – rolling through the majestic Rocky Mountains in the summer, with sunlight striking unforgettable teal waters, wildlife roaming free, and the chance to breathe some of the cleanest air in the world.

Thousands make the pilgrimage in RVs or other vehicles each year. Whether on Highway 40 from Calgary or the continental states or Highway 43 from Edmonton and eastern Canada – most travellers pass through Grande Prairie and the surrounding Peace Country.

Our region is, of course, a great place to ‘saddle up’ for the long road ahead. But it’s so much more than that, too – it’s a land of untapped and unfiltered experiences waiting for you to explore.

 

Amenities in Grande PrairieMan happily kayaking down a river

As a city of 69,000, Grande Prairie offers all the modern amenities. Whatever you need for the road ahead, you can find them here. From gas stations, hardware stores, grocery stores, and laundromats to specialist sporting equipment and off-road vehicle rentals, every necessity is covered.

We’ve even got a Costco, in case you need to stock up on toilet paper in bulk. It’s better to be safe than sorry!

 

 

 

RV and Campground Accommodation

The Grande Prairie region has plenty of spots to park your RV for the night, catering to every taste and pursuit. Want peace and serenity away from the beaten path? We’ve got just the site for you. Fancy a morning round of golf after your bacon and eggs? We can take care of that, too.

Here are five recommended campgrounds just waiting for you to call home for a night:

Camp Tamarack RV Park entrance sign

  • Camp Tamarack RV Park – Play horseshoes, enjoy blooming wildflowers and explore rolling sand dunes on foot or ATV.
  • Grande Prairie Rotary Campground – Adjacent to the Muskoseepi Park System, which runs through downtown Grande Prairie, here you can enjoy city amenities by day and campfires by night.
  • Nitehawk Year-Round Adventure Park – Run wild on a mountain bike through Nitehawk Adventure Park’s carefully maintained trails.
  • Hommy Park Campground – Swing for the fences at the ball diamond, and let your kids exhaust themselves scaling the climbing equipment at the playground.
  • Country Roads RV Park – Cast a line in nearby Bear Creek, get lost in a cornfield maze, and even enjoy unlimited high-speed internet.

 

Hotel AccommodationFreshly clean hotel room with a king sized bed

We’ve written about some of the best places to stay in Grande Prairie before, so if you’re travelling in a smaller vehicle (or if you’d prefer a night off the road in a good hotel room), Grande Prairie has plenty of options, such as:

  • Four Points By Sheraton – Enjoy comfortable accommodation while sipping on regularly-rotated local brews on tap, thanks to the Four Points’ Best Brews™ program.
  • Delta Hotels Marriott – Located close to downtown Grande Prairie, the Delta also boasts an indoor pool with a water slide to let your kids have a splashing good time.

Cabin in the woods surrounded by trees

  • Sandman Hotel Grande Prairie – Grab a hearty breakfast at Denny’s, a heartier dinner at Earls Kitchen + Bar, and a quiet nightcap at Bar One Urban Lounge, all located on-site.
  • Canadian Motor Inn – A budget-friendly option for those more interested in exploring what’s out there than relaxing inside, the Canadian Motor Inn also offers special senior rates.
  • Sheep Creek Back Country Lodge – Nestled deep in the Rockies by Grande Cache and Willmore Wilderness Park, these lodges and cabins are ideal for outdoor enthusiasts. Recommended for those coming up on Highway 40 from Jasper through Grande Cache, and reservations must be made in advance.

 

On The Road Must-DosCrooked Creek General Store's giant donut made from tires

If you’re on the road, be sure to visit these local sights as you’re passing through. Remember – when you’re driving long distances, it’s always good to take frequent breaks to keep you alert and aware. If those frequent breaks happen to feature donuts and dinosaurs, then that’s even better:

  • Just east of Grande Prairie on Highway 43 stands one of the Peace Country’s best-kept secrets – Crooked Creek General Store, famous locally for their delicious homemade donuts.
  • A little further along, explore Grande Prairie’s human history at the picturesque Kleskun Hills, where a museum offers the chance to explore authentic European settler artifacts and buildings. At the same time, a guided walk through the nearby park will reveal Indigenous sites of note. (Psst! They also have campsites if you want to park the RV for a night).

Sunset behind Kleskun Hill near Grande Prairie

  • Ever wondered where our logo comes from? The iconic sundial at Centre 2000 stands close to the Grande Prairie Visitor Centre, where you can find the latest information about what’s happening in the region from our expert tourism team.
  • Head west out of Grande Prairie towards Dawson Creek (Mile Zero of the Alaska Highway!) and step way back in time at the renowned Phillip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum – plus experience life as a paleontologist for a day with an excursion to Pipestone Creek to hunt for actual dinosaur fossils.
  • If you’re more into giant mammals than giant reptiles, the giant beaver of Beaverlodge is an unmissable photo opportunity. Standing at 15 feet tall and weighing in at a little over 3,000lbs, the statue begs the question – would you rather fight one giant beaver or fifty regular ones?

 

Food, Drink, and Even More To Experience

If you decide to stay awhile longer in the Peace Country, we’re your number one resource for local activities. We’ve written about the best local restaurants, where to sample local craft brews, wines, and meads, the 20 best outdoor summer activities, how Grande Prairie can indulge you in a little retail therapy, the cultural opportunities awaiting you in our city, and even the best golf courses in the area – we’ll leave it up to you to decide whether you want to go Tiger Woods or Happy Gilmore.

 

Western country style strip of shopping stores in Grande Prairie

Take A Piece of the Peace Country With You

As you’re heading onward to Fairbanks or beyond, don’t forget to bring a little memento with you. It can get pretty bright up in Alaska – a cowboy hat from Keddie’s Tack and Western Wear can help keep the sun out of your eyes. A bottle of hot sauce from Done Like Dinner makes a great road trip cooking addition or gift for loved ones. And a unique knickknack from Al’s News sitting on your dashboard can help remind you where you’ve been.

Wherever you’re headed, however long you’re staying – safe driving, and come back soon!