Vermilion – Solid Roots and Strong Future
Directions: Approximately 59 km. West of Lloydminster on Hwy #16.
A full service town of just under 4,500 residents, Vermilion has something for everyone. The town enjoys a strong business sector, with everything from car and farm implement dealers to grocery chains and specialty health food stores.
The oil and gas sector is making a larger impact on the area’s economy, which has traditionally relied more on agriculture. The Lindbergh oilfield is only a 30 minute drive from Vermilion and the communities of Lloydminster, Cold Lake and Elk Point are also within a fairly short commute.
The Vermilion Health Care Complex is a first-rate facility with 39 acute care beds and 65 long care beds. Physicians, dentists, chiropractors, an optometrist and a nursing home complex are also available. There are two local taxi companies that can get you where you need to go.
The Vermilion branch of the Lakeland College campus has a strong effect on the community, with around 800 students attending each fall. The school has excellent programs in agriculture and the trades. Fire etc. provides training to fire-fighting personnel from Canada and abroad. The Little Royal Rodeo is held each year and features some of the local rodeo talent. The College is also the single largest employer in Vermilion.
In terms of recreation opportunity, Vermilion has a lot to offer. The Vermilion Provincial Park is one of the largest in the area – it boasts 23 km. of hiking trails and ample chances for bird watching. The area is a great spot for cross-country skiing in the winter. Olympic skiing medalist Beckie Scott hails from Vermilion. There is a hockey arena with two ice surfaces, an indoor swimming pool and a popular golf course – the Vermilion Golf and Country Club.
For the community-minded, you’ll find lots of opportunities to join service clubs or volunteer. The Kinsmen, Royal Purple, Lions Club and Communities in Bloom are just a few of the causes you can become involved with.