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Grande Prairie

Administration
Full nameGrande Prairie
Official nameCity of Grande Prairie
Settlement typeCity
CountryCanada
ProvinceAlberta
RegionNorthern Alberta
Census division19
Incorporated
- Village

April 30, 1914
- TownMarch 15, 1919
- CityJanuary 1, 1958
Government
MayorBill Given
Governing bodyGrande Prairie City Council
John Croken
Alex Gustafson
Kevin McLean
Justin Munrow
Kevin O'Toole
Lorne Radbourne
Helen Rice
Dan Wong
ManagerGreg Scerbak
MPChris Warkentin
MLAMel Knight, Wayne Drysdale
Geography
Total Area23.6 sq mi (61.08 km2)
Elevation2194.9 ft (669 m)
Demography
Total Population47076 (2006)
Density (pop.)770.7/km2 (1996.1/sq mi)
Other information
Time zoneMST (UTC−7)
- Summer (DST)MDT (UTC−6)
Postal code spanT8V to T8X
Area code+1-780
HighwaysHighway 43
Bighorn Highway
WaterwaysWapiti River Bear River (Bear Creek)

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Grande Prairie is a city in the northwestern part of the province of Alberta in Western Canada. It is located on the southern edge of the Peace River Country (part of the Peace Region or simply "The Peace", as is often locally known, which encompasses much of northwestern Alberta and northeastern British Columbia). The city is surrounded by the County of Grande Prairie No. 1.

Grande Prairie is one of Canada's fastest growing cities. As of its 2007 civic census, its population was 50,227, up 6.9% from the Canada 2006 Census figure of 47,076. As of 2006, the population of the Grande Prairie Census Agglomeration was at 71,868; the census agglomeration has now been expanded to cover the County of Grande Prairie No. 1 in its entirety. It is currently Alberta's seventh largest incorporated city by population.

Grande Prairie is the largest city between Edmonton and Fairbanks, Alaska on the route via Highway 43, the Alaska Highway, and the Richardson Highway. It lies about 460 km (285.8 mi) and 2480 km (1541 mi) from each city respectively.

The city has adopted the Trumpeter swan as an official symbol because it is near the migration route and summer nesting grounds of this large and graceful swan. For that reason, Grande Prairie is sometimes nicknamed the "Swan City".


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