The city has adopted the endangered Trumpeter swan as it's official symbol because the city is near the migration route and summer nesting grounds of this large and graceful creature. For that reason, Grande Prairie is sometimes nicknamed the "Swan City".
An abundance of resources ranging from forestry, agriculture and oil to natural gas can be found in Grande Prairie. The region was built on agriculture and this economy continues as one of the cities leading economic sectors. Forestry is also alive and wel. A variety of crops such as barley, wheat, canola and oats are grown widely in the Peace region, as well as livestock such as cattle, and buffalo.
Grande Prairie - One of the top 10 Alberta cities to invest in! Grand Rapids, Michigan is located on the Grand River and is a short drive from Lake Michigan. It was named Grand Rapids because there used to be rapids on the Grand River. With Lake Michigan so close it is a short drive to beautiful beaches and relaxation while you can still enjoy urban life as well. It is nicknamed the Furniture City because it is a lumbering city that now produces a large amount of office furniture. You can take a walking tour of downtown Grand Rapids were you can explore architecture, art, shops and restaurants. You can also go shopping at some of the large malls or small shops.