DescriptionGrande Cache was named after a large shipment of furs cached nearby in 1821 by Ignace Giasson, an Iroquois working for Hudson's Bay Co. The Grande Cache area historically served as a major trading area for marten, lynx and beaver pelts.
Grande Cache is known for the many recreational activities available nearby. The town is surrounded on three sides by Willmore Wilderness Park, which has the Continental Divide and Jasper National Park as its western and southern borders, respectively; the park can be accessed only by horseback, mountain bike or by hiking.
Lakes, rivers and mountains are favorites with outdoor enthusiasts, who come for white-water rafting, horseback riding, hiking, kayaking, fishing, canoeing and mountain biking. Pacific Western Helicopter Tours offers various sightseeing trips; phone (780) 827-3911.
Local events accommodate those with an adventurous streak. During the Canadian Death Race , held the first weekend in August, runners must travel 125 kilometres (78 mi.) over rough mountain trails—with part of the race occurring after dusk—and then cross a major river by raft. An accompanying festival offers food, concerts and carnival rides and games.
Interpretive displays in the tourism center, on the south side of Grande Cache, feature dinosaur tracks, artifacts from the ice age and memorabilia from the fur trade era.
Visitor InfoGrande Cache Tourism and Interpretive Centre 9701 100th St. GRANDE CACHE, AB T0E 0Y0. Phone:(780)827-3362 or (888)827-3790
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