Grand Falls is known as a place with the feel of a small town, but the amenities of a city. Designed along the lines of a ‘garden city’, it is a picturesque, safe community. Chatelaine magazine named Grand Falls one of the top places to live in North America. Historically, the town site was chosen because it had great potential, with access to lumber, the possibility of hydroelectricity and a deep-water port in nearby Botwood.
Today, the paper mill is closed, but the economy thrives. There are numerous parks, playgrounds and recreational facilities, as well as the largest concert site in Newfoundland, at Centennial Park.
There are great hiking trails, cross-country ski trails, and the surrounding countryside is popular with snowmobilers.
The town hosts the renowned Exploits Valley Salmon Festival, a three-day celebration in honour of the annual salmon run. Over the years, the festival has turned into a major event, attracting big-name performers to the Centennial Stage, including Waylon Jennings, The Rankin Family, the Irish Descendants, Great Big Sea, Bon Jovi, The Beach Boys, Bryan Adams and Nelly Furtado. The festival was selected by American Bus Association as one of North America\'s Top 100 Events.
The Newfoundland Labradour Winter Games, held in March, welcomes over 1500 athletes, coaches and managers from across the province. Noted film actor and television personality Gordon Pinsent was born in Grand Falls.
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