History

With communities first established here in the early 1900s when settlers travelled the arduous Edson Trail, the County of Grande Prairie has a rich history. Established in 1951, the County of Grande Prairie was the first county in the province.

Our history began long before the first settlers. The County is home to one of the richest areas for dinosaur fossils in western Canada. In fact, the largest site in the world for Pachyrhinosaurus fossils is located within our boundaries. Artifacts from an archeological site suggest frequent human habitation dating back as far as 9400 to 7500 BP, and many areas in our region were once gathering places for First Nations people who picked the plentiful berries while using the land for grazing, hunting, and traditional ceremonies.

We are proud of our heritage and honour the pioneers who first settled in our beautiful region. For a list of books and publications available for sale from the County office please visit our Online Shopping page and view the Book section. These publications include the County's new tabletop pictorial book and a variety of history books of the region.

In addition to the chronological history of the are listed above the County also supports the many other projects aimed at preserving our local history, including: