Lloydminster – Canada’s Only Border City
Directions: approximately 250 kms East of Edmonton, AB. and 280 kms West of Saskatoon, SK. on the TransCanada Yellowhead Hwy, on the Alberta / Saskatchewan border
If you’re looking for opportunity, you are in the right place! A city of approximately 25,000, the economy in Lloydminster is booming. Rapid development in the oil and gas sector, as well as a strong agricultural focus means that jobs are plentiful in the area. This is an industrial city in the heart of the oil patch but it doesn’t look like it. Local Communities in Bloom organizers have made this city beautiful enough to compete at the national level of competition.
As Canada’s only Border City, Lloydminster is a unique place to live. The Trans-Canada Highway runs directly through the heart of the city, connecting to a large rural area. Lloydminster is a full-service city, with the big box department stores, unique locally owned shops and the full range of dining opportunities The city offers a benefit to shoppers and residents – Lloydminster’s Saskatchewan merchants are exempt from charging the Saskatchewan PST.
This is a great place to raise a family. Two school divisions (Lloydminster Public School Division and Lloydminster Catholic School Division) provide peace of mind that your children will get the quality of education that they deserve. Lloydminster’s Lakeland College is an excellent choice for post-secondary education.
Also a great place to retire, the city offers lots of choices for your recreation time. Located at the College campus, the Vic Juba Community Theatre offers music, dance and theatre for your entertainment. Two grass green golf courses ensure that the golfer in the family is kept busy! Situated in scenic Bud Miller Park, The Lloydminster Leisure Centre houses an indoor wave pool and an instructional pool, waterslide and fitness room. Bud Miller Park features hiking and biking trails, tennis courts, mini golf, and a man-made lake that you can paddle-boat on in the summer and skate on in the winter. The Barr Colony Heritage Cultural Centre offers an historic look at the area’s culture and wildlife as well as the Heavy Oil Interpretive Center – an interactive tour through Lloydminster’s history in the oil industry.
Perhaps the city’s most impressive facility is the new CommonWealth Centre. The CWC boasts two indoor ice surfaces, two soccer/lacrosse fieldhouses, a state of the art workout room, as well as mini-golf and wall-climbing stations. For the sports-minded, there are three indoor hockey arenas, as well as a few outdoor rinks throughout the city. The Legion Ball Park is the spot for ball enthusiasts – home of the Annual Red-Eye Slow Pitch Tournament. There are several community ball fields in the city. Dance, gymnastics, figure skating and martial arts classes are also offered.
For those times you want to get the family out of the city, Sandy Beach Regional Park is only a fifteen minute drive from the city. Here you’ll find a 9-hole sand green golf course, picnic areas, beach and swimming area with campsites available. If your family enjoys camping or is looking to buy lake property in the area, there are numerous lakes and campgrounds only an hour’s drive away!