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Media Release

December 18, 2017

Community Photo Mosaic Celebrates Canada’s 150th

Commemorative Canada 150 photo mosaic to be unveiled on Friday, Dec 29 at 11:30 a.m. in the Montrose Cultural Centre.
This initiative is made possible by the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th; a collaboration between Community Foundation of Northwestern Alberta, the Government of Canada, and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast to coast.

“The Canada 150 Commemorative photo mosaic will bring the excitement and pride surrounding Canada’s 150th into a local work of art that will be permanently and prominently displayed in our community, and accessible to all,” says Community
Foundation of Northwestern Alberta CEO Tracey Vavrek. “Integrating elements of diversity, inclusiveness, and reconciliation into arts and cultural projects is a powerful step to improve our shared sense of belonging.”

The installation is a partnership between the City of Grande Prairie’s Canada 150 Committee, chaired by former councillor Helen Rice, Community Foundation of Northwestern Alberta, the Art Gallery of Grande and the Grande Prairie Aboriginal
Circle of Services. “Your Community Foundation is proud to be a part of the collaborative effort to bring this wonderful photo mosaic to our community.”

The Mosaic is a community legacy piece to celebrate the Sesquicentennial of Canada for years to come. “We looked at different monuments and clock options but the Photo Mosaic was chosen as an inclusive and interactive way to recognize Canada’s 150th ,” says Robin White with the City of Grande Prairie.

Photos taken at the City of Grande Prairie’s Canada 150 enhanced events are incorporated into the art work, creating a unique, local piece. The “Big 5” Canada 150 events in 2017 were Family Day (Monday, Feb 20), Municipal Government Day
(Wednesday, June 28), Canada Day (Saturday, July 1), Heritage Day (Monday, Aug. 7) and Alberta Culture Days (Friday, Sept 29 through Sunday, Oct 1, 2017).

Canadian Artist Robbie Craig’s painting, The Subarctic Bear, is the image chosen for the mosaic in consultation with the Art Gallery or Grande Prairie and the Grande Prairie Aboriginal Circle of Services. The bear has a connection to two of the four Canada 150 themes: Diversity and Inclusion; and Reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.

About the Artist

The untouched and rugged landscape of Canada’s north inspires Robbie Craig’s artwork. Originally, from Barrie, Ontario, Robbie moved to the North-west Territories in his early 20s to work as a Principal and K-3 teacher at Alexis Arrowmaker School in Weweet’I.

He instantly fell in love with his northern home, drawn to the rugged landscape, tundra, and crooked “Seuss-like” trees. This beauty of the North inspired Robbie to reconnect with his creative side and passion for art.

Visit or search Robbie Craig's Northern Projects on Facebook for more information.

Community Foundation

Established in 1996, the Community Foundation of Northwestern Alberta is a leading not-for- profit and registered charity working to build healthy and resilient communities in our region. Community foundations contribute time, leadership, and financial support to local initiatives, helping people give back where our communities need it most. With an intimate knowledge of local priorities, the Community Foundation of Northwestern Alberta champions what matters most by directing grants, expertise, leadership, and other support to the projects and programs that support the needs of our communities.


Media enquiries may be directed to:

Richelle Richardson
Administrative Supervisor
City of Grande Prairie, Culture & Heritage
Phone: 780-830- 7083

Tracey Vavrek, CEO
Community Foundation of Northwestern
Phone: 780-538- 2820
Cell: 780-814- 1526

Book Launch Happening Near You!


The book launch “ The Lure of the Peace River Country 1872-1914” is taking place in Grande Prairie, at the Montrose Cultural Centre on December 2, 2017 from 2:00PM TO 4:00PM. Come out and meet the author! Click on the link for more information.

Friday December 9 at 7 p.m. at the Fort St. John North Peace Museum

Discover the delight of an old-fashioned Christmas at the Fort St. John North Peace Museum. See the museum decorated for Christmas, hear a holiday story, and make Christmas crafts. REGISTRATION IS MANDATORY AND LIMITED. Event tickets are $5/child or $10/family and must be purchased at the museum in advance. Children must be accompanied by an adult (free).  Call 250-787-0430 for more information. Registration has already begun.


Wednesday December 6, 2017 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fort St. John North Peace Museum

Kick off your Christmas festivities at the museum’s annual old-fashioned Christmas Tea. The museum will be all decked out for Christmas and there will be fabulous baked goodies, sandwiches, tea, and coffee. This is the perfect time to catch up with friends and start your Christmas shopping in our gift shop. 10% off most gift shop items for North Peace Historical Society members. Call 250-787-0430 for more information.


Join the Peace Country Historical Society as we explore Scandinavian Settlement in Valhalla on September 23, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. RSVPs are required for lunch at the Melsness Mercantile Café. Phone Fran Moore at 780-957-3957.

Many Thanks,
Mary Nutting

Friday, November 10, 2017 at 7 p.m. at the Fort St. John North Peace Museum (location subject to change)

Join filmmaker Viktoria Stahl for the local premiere of her film, The Swedish Trapper. This documentary focuses on the life of Gus (Gustaf) Hedin, most notably his heroics in the Charlie Lake Disaster seventy-five years ago. During the construction of the Alaska Highway, seventeen men set out with supplies on a boat to cross Charlie Lake. Strong winds swamped their boat and trapper Gus Hedin saw the disaster and set out to help…. but he was unable to save them all.  Learn more about this man’s remarkable life. Call 250-787-0430 for more information.


MEDIA RELEASE                                                                                                          August 25, 2017

Grande Prairie Museum Updates Features for 2017

The Grande Prairie Museum invites new and returning visitors to explore recent changes.

Collections and maintenance staff at the Grande Prairie Museum and Heritage Village have made updates to permanent galleries, created new exhibits and added features.

Main Gallery

A new funeral exhibit in the main gallery commemorates Grande Prairie’s longest running business, Oliver’s Funeral Home. The newest addition includes undertaker instruments, parlour furniture and highlights some historical funeral traditions practiced in different countries and cultures.

To celebrate 150 years of confederation, the Spirit of the Peace Museums created A History of the Peace Country in 150 Objects scavenger hunt. In partnership with the South Peace Regional Archives, nineteen of these original artifacts are on display in the Grande Prairie Museum with copies placed throughout the Heritage Village. Anyone wishing to complete the Peace Country wide scavenger hunt can pick up a brochure at Guest Services.

Freemasonry:  A History in Plain Sight, a travelling exhibit from the Bruce County Museum and Cultural Centre, remains on display until late October. This exhibit includes contributions from the Lake Saskatoon and Grande Prairie Masonic Lodges and has hosted a variety of talks and tours with local masons over the past few months.

To enhance the museum’s Military Section, a video presentation of the Tuffill Family Album is on display.  The presentation includes local photographs dated between 1910 and 1950.

Heritage Village

Recent changes extend into the Museum’s adjoining Heritage Village. To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the GP Stompede, a vintage Chuckwagon is on display in the machine shed and a mock chicken coop occupies the Village’s red barn; complete with a rooster, chickens and chicks. Just outside the barn and fire hall, guests find new custom photo boards, by local artist Robyn Termeer, waiting for visitors to capture new memories.

Rehabilitation on the Pipestone Creek Store, Campbell Cabin and Hudson Bay Outpost has created more visitor access, visibility and safety while also increasing the longevity of the buildings. Supplementary household artifacts further improve the atmosphere in the homesteader buildings.

Hours and Location

The Grande Prairie Museum and Heritage Village is open extended summer hours: Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday to Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Please note that entry into the Heritage Village is weather dependent due to safety and preservation concerns.

Regular hours resume following Labour Day, Sept 4. Admission is always free and new scavenger hunts monthly keep all ages entertained and engaged.

The museum is located in Muskoseepi Park with parking available in the south lot by Mini-Links golf course. Park access is located on 102 Ave. at 102 St.

More History at the Rev. Forbes Homestead

New for 2017 at the Rev. Forbes Homestead and Pioneer Hospital is a temporary exhibit celebrating the 90th Anniversary of the Grande Prairie Legion.

Forbes is a recognized provincial historic site located behind the QEII hospital at 10424 96 St. The site served as Grande Prairie’s First Hospital and is one of the oldest log structures in Grande Prairie.

Visitors are welcome to visit the homestead daily from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. until Labour Day, Sept 5. The site remains open Saturday and Sunday’s only in September from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. or by appointment. For more information, call the Grande Prairie Museum at 780-830-7090 or email


Media Enquires may be directed to:

Charles Taws
Curator / Collections Supervisor
Grande Prairie Museum

A plaque installation celebrating the Montrose site to be unveiled on Aug. 31 at 11 a.m.
The ceremony takes place just outside the Montrose Cultural Centre’s North entrance.
Special guest Charles Taws, Curator with the Culture and Heritage Department, will
give a brief speech about the historical and current importance of the Montrose Site and
the Forbes family.

Site Background

Located at 9839 103 Ave., Rev. and Agnes Forbes donated part of their homestead
land for the development of a school. The Montrose site, named after Agnes Forbes’
birthplace in Scotland, went on to become Grande Prairie’s first High School. The site is
now home to the Montrose Cultural Centre and Mamawe Concourse.
The west-end of the Montrose Cultural Centre features a preserved brick façade from
the Montrose School that is now home to the Art Gallery of Grande Prairie.

Join South Peace Regional Archives on Friday August 25 for a guided walk through the Grande Prairie Cemetery and discover the rich and interesting history of Grande Prairie and area through the lives and stories of its people.  Our tour will highlight the lives of those who served in the two world wars.


Grande Prairie Cemetery (84 Avenue and 112 Street)

Friday, August 25 at 7:00 PM


Call the Archives at 780-830-5105 to register (limit of 25 participants).


Please note that this will be the same tour that was given last summer.


Pastimes of Past Times

Rev. Forbes Homestead hosts old-fashioned children’s games on July 19.

Outdoor games include croquet and horseshoes with indoor games such as checkers, tin toys and jacks available in the homestead.  “This is a great opportunity for children to experience what kids of the past played with, long before modern video games and social media”, says Robin White, Marketing Coordinator with the Grande Prairie Museum. “The games aim to entertain visitors of all ages.”

This unique drop-in program is on Wednesday July 19 from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Reverend Forbes Homestead and Pioneer Hospital, located at 10424 96 St (behind the QE2 hospital)

Light refreshments will be served.


From 1936 to 1947 the Nelson Family lived in the Forbes Homestead.  They raised five boys in this house during a difficult time of change in our local history; from the Great Depression to the World Wars.  This past times program helps to demonstrate what life was like for children in those times by allowing the public to get hands on with toys and games from the Museum’s collection.

Children did not have as many toys as most do today and the majority of household favourites were homemade, often from wood.  Store bought toys included tin toys, board games, dolls and teddy bears.

More Information

Anyone looking for more information on this afternoon program, or to schedule a larger group for another day are asked to contact Charles Taws at 780-830-7084 or Daniel Randell at 780-532-4586 with the Grande Prairie Museum.


Media Inquiries may be directed to:

Charles Taws
Curator / Collections Supervisor
Grande Prairie Museum