Grande Cache is a bustling community of 3800 at the foot of Wilmore Wilderness Park. The towns name comes from a Hudson’s Bay fur trader who established a large fur cache in the area in the 19th century. Hence, the name, Grande Cache.
In 1969, coal was the mainstay of the towns growth and economy, but forestry, oil and gas have also had a significant impact. Tourism is now becoming a major factor as visitors discover the immense natural beauty of the area and its easy access for hiking, ATVing, canoeing and more. The Bighorn Highway passes through the town of Grand Cache 140km north of the Yellowhead junction.