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Grouard, also known as Grouard Mission, is a hamlet in northern Alberta within Big Lakes County.[1] Previously an incorporated municipality, Grouard dissolved from village status on January 15, 1944 to become part of Improvement District No. 764.[2] It held town status prior to June 7, 1940.[2]

Grouard is located 13 kilometres (8.1 mi) north of Highway 2, approximately 171 kilometres (106 mi) northeast of Grande Prairie. It is the administrative office of the Kapawe'no First Nations.


In 1913, the community had a population of more than 1,000, but was largely abandoned once the Edmonton, Dunvegan and British Columbia Railway (EDBCR) was built 12 miles (19 km) south of Grouard. Many of the residents and businesses moved to High Prairie, a community on the railway line.[3]

Grouard was named after Bishop Émile Grouard in 1909.


As a designated place in the 2011 Census, Grouard Mission had a population of 303 living in 84 of its 106 total dwellings, a -5.9% change from its 2006 population of 322. With a land area of 4.38 km2 (1.69 sq mi), it had a population density of 69.18/km2 (179.2/sq mi) in 2011.[4]


Northern Lakes College has a campus in Grouard next to the Kapawe'no First Nations Reserve.[5] The college offers family residences for students.[6] The Native Cultural Arts Museum is a part of Northern Lakes College and is located in the Moosehorn Lodge at the Grouard campus.[7] The Museum’s collection celebrates various aspects of Indigenous cultures, with a special focus on Métis peoples and the Woodland Cree of northern Alberta.[8]

Northland School Division No. 61 hosts grades K-9. Students who continue from grade 9 travel by bus to attend high school in High Prairie. Grouard students also have the option to attend school from K-12 in High Prairie.

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  1. ^ "Specialized and Rural Municipalities and Their Communities". Alberta Municipal Affairs. April 1, 2010. Retrieved June 6, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Table 6a: Population by census divisions and subdivisions showing reorganization of rural areas, 1931-1946". Census of the Prairie Provinces, 1946. Volume I: Population. Ottawa: Dominion Bureau of Statistics. 1949. p. 428. 
  3. ^ Brown, Richard. "A Town Bypassed: Grouard, Alberta, and the Building of the Edmonton, Dunvegan and British Columbia Railway". The Archivist (Ottawa: National Archives of Canada) (17). ISSN 0705-2855. Retrieved June 12, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and designated places, 2011 and 2006 censuses (Alberta)". Statistics Canada. 2012-02-08. Retrieved 2012-04-07. 
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Coordinates: 55°31′13″N 116°09′40″W / 55.52028°N 116.16111°W / 55.52028; -116.16111 (Grouard)