Grande Prairie Airport is 6 kilometres northwest of Grande Prairie, Alberta. Grande Prairie's official symbol is a trumpeter swan, as the city is close to that bird's migration route and summer nesting grounds. Consequently, it is nicknamed Swan City. An unofficial symbol is a dinosaur due to the palaeontology discoveries in the area.
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Best Time to Book a Flight to Grande Prairie
Grande Prairie Airport is one of the busiest regional airports in Canada, serving just under half a million passengers over the past few years. Popular times to visit Grande Prairie include summer, when season-long music festivals are held, and early May, when the Reel Shorts Film Festival, a five-day international film festival, is held. Skyscanner's Price Alert tool notifies travellers when ticket prices change, enabling them to get the best possible price.
Airlines That Fly to Grande Prairie
Two airlines fly to Grande Prairie: Air Canada Express and WestJet. Flights to Calgary and Edmonton are available.
The airport has two asphalt runways. The terminal contains several banking facilities, two corporate boardrooms and two breakout rooms, free WiFi throughout the terminal, and The Viewpoint Restaurant and Lounge. The airport also offers Web Check-In.
Things to See and Do in Grande Prairie
All four of the major bird migration routes converge in Alberta. Grande Prairie is near Saskatoon Lake Provincial Park, home of the once-endangered trumpteter swan. The springtime swan festival has been moved to September and incorporated into the Saskatoon Island Fall Fair, but spring and fall are both excellent times to see this bird, which plays a major role in the children's novel The Trumpet of the Swan.
A new museum, the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum, features more than 419 million year of history. One popular exhibit, the Time Machine display, allows visitors to see the shapes of the land, ice fields, and oceans morph at the turn of a dial – the map goes from the present day to the Cretaceous Era (145 million years ago) to the Jurassic Era (201 million years ago) to the Devonian Era (419 million years ago). The museum is a partner of National Geographic and features fossils found in the area, and actor Dan Aykroyd is one of its biggest supporters. The museum also offers a tour of a bonebed at Pipestone Creek during summers for CA$5.
History buffs will love the Grande Prairie Museum & Heritage Village, which profiles the history of the area. The museum's main focus is the pioneers from the 1900s, but it also has exhibits dedicated to palaeontology, archaeology, natural history, human history, and "Curios and Collections". The museum has more than 55,000 artifacts.