Our Community


Welcome to Our Community, A Great Place to Call Home

If incredible career opportunities in health care aren't enough to entice you to relocate to the County of Grande Prairie, the burgeoning industry, beautiful landscapes, rich history, resources and close-knit communities will!

Our Location

The County of Grande Prairie is part of the Great Plains Region in Northwestern Alberta, in an area also known as the South Peace Country.

A Sneak Peek

Surrounding the City of Grande Prairie are the rural communities, five hamlets, three towns and one village that make up the County of Grande Prairie. This area, which boasts one of the largest dinosaur bone deposits in Canada's west, a scenic mountain range, forests and valleys, prime farm land and resource-rich earth, was also the first established county in the province.

There is something to offer everyone, regardless of their lifestyle and preferences:

  • Modern recreational facilities, including arenas, golf courses, ski hills, trails, indoor and outdoor athletic facilities, rodeo grounds, parks, playgrounds and more
  • Community facilities, including farmer's markets, centres for seniors, community organizations, churches and more
  • Support for those who wish to specialize or do research in specific fields of medicine
  • Historical sites, including a world-class dinosaur museum
  • Elementary, high and post-secondary schools

Highlights from Our Communities

  • Sexsmith is a town in northern Alberta, Canada located 20 km. north of Grande Prairie. The Town’s urban and rural areas are well-populated, serving approximately 5,712 residents; and known as one of the most fertile growing areas in the province. Sexsmith has three schools (Robert W. Zahara Public School, Sexsmith Secondary School, St. Mary's Catholic School and is home of a the Peace River Bible Institute post-secondary institution.

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  • The Town of Beaverlodge is located along hi-way 43, approximately 40 km west of Grande Prairie. With a population growing to over 2,365 (2011 stats) living in 892 dwellings, it provides services to over 12,000 people, making it the hub of the West County. Beaverlodge has a diverse economy featuring many industries, including retail, oil and gas, agriculture, and construction. The town is a thriving community attracting businesses and families alike. With opportunities in residential and industrial growth, the town is an appealing “Place to Build Dreams.”

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  • Wembley is definitely"The heart of the action" in the Peace River area. Located approximately 15 minutes west of Grande Prairie and 15 minutes east of Beaverlodge, Wembley is not only the home of the Phillip J. Currie dinosaur museum, but is the community of choice for approximately 1500 residents. Wembley, surrounded by a thriving rural community, provides a perfect incubator for business opportunities, an active small town community lifestyle, and a great place to raise a family. The Town of Wembley is an ideal place to live, work, play and do business. 

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  • Located 55 km. northwest of Grande Prairie is the Village of Hythe, known as the Volunteer Capital of Canada. The Village’s urban population is 820 people, and the rural area that it serves is well-populated.

    Hythe is located midway between Grande Prairie and Dawson Creek, on a portion of Highway #43 that is slated for twinning in the future. Beaverlodge is 13 km. to the south, that community has a five-doctor clinic and an active-treatment hospital. Hythe is seven kilometres from the Horse Lake First Nations settlement.

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  • Established in 1951, the County of Grande Prairie was the first county in Alberta.

    Located in Northwestern Alberta, approximately 460 kilometers northwest of Edmonton and 160 kilometers east of the Rocky Mountains, the County encompasses three towns, one village, five hamlets and several country residential communities. Horse Lake First Nation, a Federal Indian Reserve, is also located within the County boundaries. 

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Economic Growth

When they're considering relocation, many physicians are often concerned about the economic health of the community they wish to practise in and whether or not it will be able to offer their family members employment opportunities, as well. In short, the economy in the County of Grande Prairie is booming because industries that include oil and gas, tourism and forestry continue to grow at a rapid rate. The positive effects of the industries' growth have cascaded to others, creating a new opportunity around every corner, and drawing people from throughout Canada and around the world to the region.

To learn more about what the County of Grande Prairie can offer you and your family, please visit the following sites: