As the shopping mecca of the north, Grande Prairie welcomes thousands of visitors and out-of-towners from neighbouring communities to experience both the convenience of big-box stores and the diversity of the booming local shopping scene.
In recent years, associations like Downtown Grande Prairie, the City of Grande Prairie, and the County of Grande Prairie have ensured that our growing northern hub consistently has more and better retail options to choose from.
Whether shopping for holiday gifts, back-to-school attire, or seasonal sporting goods, this Grande Prairie shopping guide will help kick-start your search (and maybe accidentally have you visiting a few more stores that weren’t on your list!). Plus, after investing in new systems to ensure a safe shopping experience for us all during this pandemic, our local shops in particular are needing our continued support.
(On that note, please adhere to all COVID-19 regulations and recommendations, and double-check store websites or social media ahead of time for most up-to-date information).
City Centre and 100th Avenue
Grande Prairie’s downtown core is home to an impressive array of local gems, and you’ll need more than just an afternoon to explore them all! Strolling down 100th Avenue, tuck your head into toy stores, antique grottos, health and wellness spaces, quaint book shops, local art galleries, sport and skateboarding retailers, and more.
Shops like Fashionista and Just Beachy (who, by the way, carry an assortment of year-round clothes and loungewear alongside their swimwear) have been proud downtown staples for many years, and are nestled in amongst the likes of other locally-owned businesses like Al’s News, Bama Furniture, Sole Addiction, The Rabbit’s Hole, Card’s Board Game Café, and dozens more!
Check out the full list of shops, including the ability to browse by category, here!
The Prairie Mall is the largest indoor shopping centre north of Edmonton, and is continuously evolving its retail mix to serve our vibrant and evolving region. A recent expansion in 2017 made room for even more great retailers – such as active-wear brand Lululemon and young adult apparel retailer Urban Planet – to join the diverse roster of stores.
Whether you need a quick hair trim, have a new read on your mind, or are looking for that perfect gemstone for a loved one, trust that the Prairie Mall has you covered (literally covered, too, which is an important feature during our infamously snowy northern Alberta winters).
Nearby, be sure to check out longtime local tack and western wear hub, Keddie’s. Trained in “old-fashioned” customer service, their staff will help you into your next pair of new boots or perhaps choose the right décor piece for your home. With over 40 years in business in our region, you don’t want to skip a visit to this quintessential Grande Prairie shop.
Westgate and 116th St.
Situated on the west side of the city are some of our region’s biggest retail centres. The Westgate Business Park and its surrounding area is a newly developed shopping area, with tenants like Costco, Best Buy, Winners, and Home Depot.
In most recent years, popular local and franchised eateries have moved in as well, meaning you have plenty of excuse to shop till you drop in the Westgate area for an entire day.
Regional Local Shops
In the neighbouring towns of Beaverlodge and Sexsmith, you’ll find a few more small businesses to add to your list. Exuding small-town charm and featuring high-quality and handmade products, these local shops may just have that something you’ve been searching for. Shoppers: take a short drive, see some of the countryside, and discover what our regional communities have to offer!
In Beaverlodge, take a wander through such shops as Petals on Main, Around the Block, The Gift Box, and the Beaverlodge Farmers Market. Over in Sexsmith, be sure to check out both Hippy Strings and Don’t Be Chy.
While this list is certainly not exhaustive and new shopping destinations are being added to our growing region all the time, we hope it helps guide you towards whatever it is your looking for, or offers a fun day-trip idea when you’re exploring our region. Happy shopping!