Lloydminster with 31,000 residents (2019, about 50% more than in 1999), is situated along the Saskatchewan/Alberta border, 278 km west of Saskatoon.
The main industry in the Lloydminster area is farming, heavy oil, and gas production. The bi-provincial heavy oil upgrader (which cost over $1.2 billion) allows them to transform 40,000 barrels of high-grade crude into light synthetic oil each day. The resources are located just beneath the Lloydminster and Cold Lake regions.
The city is attractive economically since there are no business taxes in the city. City growth is becoming vary evident with the opening of a Walmart, Staples and new Canadian Tire. Also is a relatively new hospital costing $22.5 million. The area 10 public elementary schools, three Catholic elementary schools, and a high school. Lakeland College provides first year university preparing students for major universities, it also offers one and two year career programs. An average home cost $85,000 to $95,000 on the Saskatchewan side with about another 10 to $15,000 added on the Alberta side. Houses can run as high as $180,000.
Looking for things to do, Weaver Park provides mini-golf, a wildlife display and campgrounds. There is the Barr Colony antique museum and numerous sports facilities including baseball diamonds, hockey rinks, curling rinks and Meadow Lake Provincial Park.
Barr Colony Heritage Cultural Centre
Hwy. 16 E. and 45th Ave.
(306) 825-5655 or (306) 825-6184
The centre includes a Wildlife Display, Antique Museum, Art Collection, 4 galleries, and a gift shop. Open daily from Victoria Day weekend to Labour Day weekend, 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., during the rest of the year its open Wednesday to Friday 12 noon to 5:00 p.m., Sunday and Saturday 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Admission fee. Wheelchair access.
16 km south of Lloydminster
U-pick. Take an afternoon picking through 10 acres of Saskatoon berries. Pre-picked berries available as well as jelly, jam and syrup.
Bud Miller All Season Park
Located at 59th Ave. and 29th St.
A 200 acre sportsman’s paradise. The park includes lawn bowling, tennis, skating, fishing, paddleboating, jogging, hiking, formal gardens, outdoor amphitheatre, playground, picnic areas, self-guided interpretive trail and outdoor sand volleyball courts. Open daily 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.. Wheelchair accessibility.
The Tea House, Antiques & Collectibles
Located at the corner of 44th St. and 47th Ave.
(306) 825-9498 or (403) 875-7848
A Lloydminster landmark, the house is set within an array of beautiful evergreen trees. Inside you’ll find antiques and collectibles for sale. The tea room holds up to 21 people. Open Tuesday to Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.. Admission free. Full wheelchair access.