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Grande Cache, Alberta

Grande Cache, located in west-central Alberta, between the eastern slope of the Rockies and the foothills which has a rich history rooted in the exploration and development of natural resources, particularly coal. The region’s natural beauty which is suited for outdoor recreation which includes hiking, camping, fishing, and hunting.

Grande Cache History

The Grande Cache has been populated for thousands of years by the indigenous peoples including the Dene and . They relied on hunting, fishing, and gathering for sustenance.

The first European explorers were British fur traders arriving in the region in the late 1700s in search of valuable pelts. The area had sporadic settlement in the late 1800s with small homesteads and trapping camps established by pioneers.

The settlement we now know as Grande Cache began with the discovery of coal in the area. In the mid-1900s. Significant coal deposits were found near and along the eastern slopes of the Rockies, leading to increased interest from mining companies.

The development of large-scale coal mining operations in Grande Cache transformed the area into a bustling mining town. The Grande Cache Coal Mine, operated by McIntyre Mines, and later by Luscar Ltd., became a major employer in the region, attracting workers from across Canada and around the world. The community of Grande Cache added major infrastructure such as housing, schools, hospitals, and recreational facilities, and an airport were built to support the growing population of miners and their families.

The mine brought economic prosperity brought by coal mining, though Grande Cache had to deal with the cyclicality of global coal markets and the mining industry’s environmental challenges.

In 2015, the Grande Cache Coal Mine ceased operations, dealing a significant blow to the local economy and leading to job losses and economic uncertainty for many residents. Since the closure of the coal mine, Grande Cache has diversified its economy into tourism, forestry, and outdoor recreation. These capitalize on the region’s natural beauty which is suited for outdoor recreation which includes hiking, camping, fishing, and hunting.

Grande Cache Attractions

Grande Cache, Alberta, is known for its stunning natural beauty and outdoor recreational opportunities. While it may not have as many traditional tourist attractions as larger cities, there are several points of interest worth exploring:

Grande Cache Community High School Observatory

10005 98 St, Grande Cache, AB T0E 0Y0
780-827-3502
Mailing address: Box 599 10601 Shand Ave, , Grande Cache, AB T0E 0Y0
Website

Explore the universe at the Grande Cache Community High School Observatory. This facility hosts public stargazing events and educational programs, allowing visitors to observe celestial objects through telescopes and learn about astronomy from knowledgeable guides.

Grande Cache Golf and Country Club

780-827-3300
1 – 10201 Hoppe Ave, Grande Cache, AB T0E 0Y0
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This 9-hole golf course offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains and provides a challenging yet enjoyable golfing experience for players of all skill levels. The club also features a clubhouse with dining facilities and a pro shop.

Grande Cache Labyrinth Park

Grande Cache, AB T0E 0Y0
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The Grande Cache Labyrinth Park offers a unique and meditative experience for visitors. Wander through the labyrinth’s pathways, which are designed for contemplation and reflection, surrounded by beautiful natural scenery with a 360-degree mountain view.

Grande Cache Lake

5 km South of Grande Cache on Highway 40
780-524-760
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Grande Cache Lake offers breathtaking views of the surrounding Rocky Mountains and provides many day-use recreational opportunities including fishing, boating, kayaking, swimming, and picnicking. The serene setting makes it a popular spot for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers.

Grande Cache Lake is not only beautiful but also offers excellent fishing opportunities. Anglers can try their luck catching various freshwater fish species, including trout and pike, from the shore or by boat.

Grande Cache Recreation Centre

10001 Hoppe Ave, Grande Cache, AB T0E 0Y0
780-827-2446
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The Grande Cache Recreation Centre is home to a first-class aquatic centre, hockey arena, curling rink, fitness centre, climbing cave, meeting and party rooms, and a variety of great sport, fitness and community programs for all ages, including swimming, fitness classes, ice skating, and curling

This wonderful facility sits on the site of Central Park, which features a Spray Park, picnic tables, paved walking paves paths and an outdoor green gym.

Grande Cache Tourism and Coal Mine Interpretive Centre

1 – 10201 Hoppe Ave, Grande Cache, AB T0E 0Y0
780-827-3300
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Stop by the Grande Cache Tourism and Interpretive Centre to get information about local attractions, hiking trails, and recreational activities. The center also offers interpretive displays highlighting the natural and cultural heritage of the area.

Learn about the history of coal mining in Grande Cache and the impact it had on the community at the Grande Cache Coal Mine Interpretive Centre. Exhibits showcase the mining process, equipment used, and stories of the miners who worked in the industry.

Mountain Trails Cross Country Ski Club

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In the winter months, the Mountain Trails Cross Country Ski Club maintains groomed trails for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and winter hiking. The trails wind through scenic forested areas, offering a peaceful and tranquil setting for outdoor winter recreation.

While Grande Cache’s attractions primarily revolve around its natural landscapes and outdoor activities, visitors can also explore the town’s local shops, restaurants, and community events to experience the unique charm of this mountain town nestled in the Canadian Rockies.

Rocky Mountain Motorsports

12901 102 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2X1
780-779-0001
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Located just a short drive from Grande Cache in Grande Prairie, Rocky Mountain Motorsports offers thrilling experiences for motorsport enthusiasts. Enjoy kart racing, autocross, and other adrenaline-pumping activities at this state-of-the-art facility.

Sulphur Gates Provincial Recreation Area

Grande Cache, AB T0E 0Y0
5 km north & 7 km west of Grande Cache off Hwy. 40
780-865-8395
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Drive west from town, down the hill and across the bridge to reach Sulphur Gates PRA. Sulphur Gates is a scenic viewpoint overlooking the Sulphur River canyon, where the river has carved deep limestone cliffs. Visitors can enjoy panoramic views of the canyon, go birdwatching, and hike along the trails leading to the canyon rim. The PRA includes the trail approaches to Mount Stearn, visible from Grande Cache.

Willmore Wilderness Park

Grande Cache, AB T0E 0Y0
780-827-7393
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Willmore Wilderness Park is a vast wilderness area spanning over 4,600 square kilometers (1,800 square miles) and offering pristine wilderness experiences. Ancient glaciers, high mountain peaks, thick forests and raging rivers can be found in this untamed wilderness . Visitors can explore rugged mountain terrain, remote alpine lakes, and diverse wildlife while hiking, horseback riding, backcountry camping, snowshoeing, and backcountry skiing.

Grande Cache Alberta Area Map