The Grande Prairie Region is well connected to the rest of Alberta, Canada and the U.S. by road, air, rail and cable. It has been distinguished as the service centre for the north because it provides economical services, communication and transportation to over 250,000 people within a 200 km radius.
The County of Grande Prairie is part of the North-South Trade Corridor (NSTC), a 1,175 kilometre network of multi-lane highways providing fast, safe and efficient transportation of goods from the British Columbia border near Grande Prairie, through Edmonton and Calgary to the CANAMEX Trade Corridor at Coutts on the Montana border. The CANAMEX Corridor connects local businesses to suppliers and markets in the U.S. and Mexico.
North-South and CANAMEX Trade Corridor Map
Regional Highway System
There is a strategic network of both primary and secondary highways within the County of Grande Prairie, including approximately 3,300 miles of well maintained service roads connecting to the major paved arteries.
The County of Grande Prairie is easily accessible to and from the North Peace Region, Northern B.C. and Edmonton.
Highway #43 connects Grande Prairie via Valleyview from Edmonton. It connects Grande Prairie to Dawson Creek, B.C. and the Alaska Highway; to the John Hart Highway 93 going south to Prince George, and to the ports of Prince Rupert and Vancouver.
Highway #40 connects Grande Prairie with Grande Cache, Hinton and the Yellowhead Highway leading to Jasper to the west.
Highway #2 connects the City of Grande Prairie with points north such as Clairmont, Fairview, Grimshaw and Mile 0 of the Mackenzie Highway #35.
Highway #59 connects Highway #43 northwest of Hythe to Highway #2 north of Sexsmith. Secondary highways within the County of Grande Prairie include #667, #668, #670, #671, #672, #674, #720, #721, #722, #723, #724 and #733. The major bus line which provides regular scheduled service to and from Grande Prairie is Greyhound Canada. The region is well serviced by a number of major trucking and courier companies.
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Connecting by Air
The Grande Prairie Regional Airport, located 6.5 kilometres west of the city centre, provides scheduled passenger service, cargo and charter flights throughout western Canada. Just a 50 minute flight to the Edmonton International or Municipal Airports, or a 90 minute flight to the Calgary International Airport, the region is well connected to areas beyond our doorstep. The major airlines servicing the Grande Prairie Regional Airport include Air Canada and West Jet.
Connecting by Rail
The railway links Grande Prairie to the ports of Vancouver, Prince Rupert, Churchill, Thunder Bay, and Hay River in the Northwest Territories. The rail network, operated by CN Rail, connects with the Swan Landing (near Hinton, Alberta) in the south, and stretches to Hythe, Alberta in the northwest branch (near Dawson Creek, British Columbia) and Wanham, Alberta in the northeast branch.
Railway links from Grande Prairie
High Speed Internet and Network Communications
There are a number of providers that Caounty of Grande Prairie residents can contact, which offer high speed internet, cellular phone access, and cable internet. For a list of providers, visit our web page www.countygp.ab.ca. The County estimates that high speed internet access is available to 80% of the County. Approximately 300 local towers were sponsored by the County of Grande Prairie to help residents unable to access high speed internet service through an existing provider.
Regional Internet Service Providers
To access the most complete and up to date listing visit Canadian Internet Service Providers website at (www.canadianisp.com)
The Alberta SuperNet now connects over 402 smaller rural communities and all libraries, schools, hospitals and provincial government offices across the province with affordable, high-speed broadband connectivity. Approximately 4,200 facilities in 429 communities are linked through the SuperNet.