If You Go
Nitehawk is only a 10-minute drive from Grande Prairie in northwestern Alberta and a million kilometers away from the stresses of life – make sure to visit the resort’s website to learn more and to check out its reciprocal season pass program.
Grande Prairie offers some great attractions that shouldn’t be missed, including the Philip J Currie Dinosaur Museum. The museum itself, is loosely designed to resembles a dig site and is part of 10-acre complex located 19 km west of Grande Prairie in Wembley on Hwy 43.
While the museum’s permanent collections come from the Pipestone Creek Bone Bed, just 15 minutes away, it also includes a theatre that features National Geographic films and showcases exhibits from other museums. Currently, the featured exhibit is Our Feathered Friends from the Canadian Museum of Nature, which will be on display until the end of January. Another attraction that delights young and old alike is the opportunity to see what it’s like to be a dig volunteer. Visitors can take part in a drop-in session and learn how to clean and prepare fossils for either exhibits or study.
If you want to get in a good work out while you’re there, hit the Eastlink Centre on Knowledge Way. The facility includes fitness rooms, oval track, squash and racquetball courts, pools, sauna and steam room, plus some pretty funky options like a FlowRider (surfing) and a lazy river for tubing. You can also drop in to anyone of 30+ classes. It’s a pretty amazing place.
From comedy to concerts, plays and film, the Grande Prairie Live Theatre has you covered. It’s one of Canada’s largest non-profit community theatre companies and produces seven shows a season. In keeping with the season, a good old fashion farce is scheduled for Nov. 29 to Dec. 15. Titled, No sex please, it’s Christmas will have you crying with tears of laughter.
Another not-to-be-missed attraction is the Art Gallery of Grande Prairie. Located in the Montrose Cultural Centre, it's home to over 800 pieces. This not-for-profit is one of the largest Free Admission galleries in Western Canada and its reputation is second to none. How good is its Category A designation? Nov. 22 saw the unveiling of a very special exhibit from Japan – the Itchiku Kubota, What do the mountain spirits ponder.
Celebrating the life and work of Itchiku Kubota, the exhibit first showed in Toronto and New York before coming to Grande Prairie, the last stop before it heads back to Japan. That’s right – only three stops in all of North American and the Art Gallery of Grande Prairie is one of them. Given the title of the exhibit, we think it’s the perfect cultural balance for a day on the slopes and definitely, a must see. The exhibit runs until Feb. 20, 2019.