Visiting Grande Cache in Alberta and it’s History

    Grande Cache is a town in northwestern Alberta, Canada. It is located in the Municipal District of Greenview No. 16, along the Trans-Canada Highway (Highway 40) and at the confluence of the Smoky and Sulphur Rivers. Grande Cache was incorporated as a town on March 1, 1950.

    The town’s name is French for “big cache”, referring to the large beaver population in the area. The town is known for its outdoor activities, including hiking, camping, fishing and hunting.

    The economy of Grande Cache is primarily resource-based, with coal mining being the main industry. There are also several logging and forestry companies operating in the area.

    The town has a population of 2,676 (2016 census) and a land area of 16.61 square kilometers. The median age of residents is 41 years old (2017). Grande Cache is served by the Grande Cache Airport and is accessible by Highway 40.

    Grande Cache has a subarctic climate (Köppen climate classification Dfc) with long, cold winters and short, cool summers. The average January temperature is -17.8 °C and the average July temperature is 13.2 °C.

    Grande Cache is home to several schools, including Grande Cache Composite High School, École Mount View School and École Pine Grove Middle School. The town also has a public library and a recreation centre.

    Grande Cache is twinned with Val-d’Or, Quebec.


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