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Alberta's Largest Beer Festival coming to Grande Prairie

I was reading that western Canada's largest beer festival is coming to Grande Prairie. I am definitely going to be checking it anyone else going that may want to tag along with me?

Here is the info I got from the website

SEPTEMBER 25-26 , 2015


Friday: 4PM - 10:00PM

Saturday: 4PM - 10:00PM (Ale Pass Admission At 3PM)

Bigger and better! Grande Prairie's International Beerfest takes over 18,000 sq feet of space in Grande Prairie's premier event destination; Bowes Family Crystal Gardens. With hundreds of beers available for tasting, a whole new line-up of entertainment, and Grande Prairie's most popular and best beer serving establishments represented; this year is shaping up to be a blast! $19 in advance (subject to capacity). The event has sold out 9 years straight with shows ranging across Alberta, so get your tickets early! We are Alberta's biggest beer festival!

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Rain: the fickle mistress

For others, however, problems continue. Last weekend's weather brought grey skies and strong winds but only a few drops of rain in many places.

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Armed and dangerous Alberta man arrested in Grande Prairie

EDMONTON -- RCMP arrested a wanted 28-year-old man in Grande Prairie Sunday evening. Ryan Raymond Hynes had been described by officers as "armed and dangerous."

A warrant was issued for his arrest March 6 after he allegedly robbed a Grande Prairie home with a gun. An investigation has determined Hynes pointed a gun at a person living in the home and demanded the person give him their firearms. Police say there is also evidence a firearm was discharged during the robbery.

Global News

Hynes was charged with robbery with a firearm, discharging a firearm with intent, possession of a firearm when knowing possession is unauthorized, possessing a weapon obtained by crime, possessing a weapon contrary to an order to surrender, pointing a firearm and uttering threats.

Hynes was arrested Sunday evening at a residence near 72 Avenue and Poplar Drive along with Michael James Cook (wanted on Canada-wide warrants) and a 26-year-old woman wanted on outstanding warrants in Ontario.

No one was injured during the arrest.

Hynes and Cook remain in custody awaiting Monday afternoon's bail hearing.

The woman was released without charges.

*NOTE: This article was originally posted on March 6. It was updated on March 16 when Hynes was arrested.

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Fostering Diverse Communities Conference | April 30th - May 1st

In just a few weeks, Grande Prairie will be hosting the annual Fostering Diverse Communities Conference right at our own Stonebridge Hotel!


The conference is an important event as it focuses on methods Alberta cities can implement to make their communities more inclusive. The event will attract representatives from Alberta municipalities, businesses and non-profit organizations.



The conference was first put in motion when Tymmarah Zehr, former committee member of Welcoming and Inclusive Communities (WIC) teamed up with The City's Community Social Development and offered to host the momentous event. 


Zehr says she has "worked closely with the City and the WIC Committee to create an agenda that is responsive to local issues and interests."


The keynote speaker of the event will be Zarqa Nawaz creator of the popular show Little Mosque on the Prairie. There will also be a presentation by the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association who will be speaking about their ideas on how to further incorporate ethno-cultural communities.



Other highlights include a performance by Ahmed Knowmadic a Somali-Canadian award winning poet and a multicultural gala of cultural performances held on May 1st.


Not only will there be informative presentations, there will also be opportunities for participants to get involved through break out sessions focusing on Aboriginal cultural practices, foreign workers issues, culture shock, community plans, and engaging with people who have experience of being a newcomer to communities.


You can still buy tickets to the event via Eventbrite until April 24th. Students will be offered a discount so don't forget to bring your student ID if that applies to you!


Stonebridge Hotel is excited to be hosting this exciting event and is looking forward to seeing all attendees on April 30th! If you have yet to book a place to stay, why not book with us? Contact us now for the best rates guaranteed.

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Minor hockey registrations officially open

Minor hockey registrations continue to trickle in for the Grande Prairie Minor Hockey Association. 

Lorna LeBlanc, executive director for the Grande Prairie Minor Hockey Association, said late registration fees will be in effect after June 25. 

Speaking on June 18, LeBlanc said there were 300 registrations - well off their usual total of 1,000 - but she noted there are always several last-minute registrations. 

"Midget (players) always take awhile to get registered because they have so many opportunities now - we have so many kids going to junior A and WHL camps, which is awesome for us," said LeBlanc. 

"I imagine we're going to see growth in the younger ones again. Every year we get about 200 first-time players." 

"In our Recreation division, last year our main growth was in kids aged 5-9 and we just keep adding teams."

She said GPMHA is predicting the trend of first-time and young hockey player registrations to continue this year.

LeBlanc said the sport of hockey is a fun experience for all ages. 

"They benefit from being part of a team; learning skills; learning how to handle things; and, to just be good citizens. Hockey is a lot of fun," she said. 

Minor hockey registration information can be found online at 

Financial aid is available through KidSport and Jumpstart. 


Bauer First Shift  

Via funds raised from the Every Kid Every Community Speaker Series on Feb. 17, which featured former NHL defenceman Jason Strudwick as a guest speaker, the GPMHA will be holding a Try-Hockey program in Grande Prairie later this year.

LeBlanc said the program will be done through a Bauer, a hockey equipment manufacturer, titled The First Shift.

The program, open to ages 6-10, is tentatively scheduled for October.

There will be a program in Grande Prairie and Peace River. 

"We're taking 35-45 very first-time players - they can't have played any organized hockey - so it would be people who have never seen ice and in our time, we're seeing more and more (first-time players)," said LeBlanc. 

The program is designed to teach players the basics and introduce children to hockey.

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