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Lloydminster, AB Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 7
Total Sleeping Rooms 671
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 80
Committable Meeting Rooms* 7
Convention Center Space 100,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Exhibit Space 45,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Ballroom 3,900 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate CAD $153
Average Daily Meal Cost CAD $133
Average Weekly Car Rental CAD $252
*Maximum for a single hotel

Lloydminster, AB Meeting Planning Overview

Welcome to Cvent's MICE Guide to Lloydminster, a city guide for MICE professionals. A mid-size city with the conveniences of a major urban centre and a small-town friendly atmosphere, Lloydminster is a vibrant, growing destination well positioned for meetings and events. As Canada's only border city, Lloydminster is separated by the Alberta-Saskatchewan border running through the centre of the city, but still considered one city. This Central Parkland Region destination features beautiful aspen woodlands, fescue grasslands and wetlands throughout its gently rolling landscape, as well as a strong economy built on petroleum and agriculture.

Conveniently located along Yellowhead Highway #16, Lloydminster sits 250 kilometers outside of Edmonton and 275 kilometers from Saskatoon. Visitors to Lloydminster can fly into the Lloydminster Airport, which is located at the northwest corner of the city. The airport provides charter services and regularly scheduled flights to Calgary International Airport via Central Mountain Air. Lloydminster is also home to a Greyhound station, which is open daily.

Lloydminster is a fantastic destination for agricultural events, meetings and other group gatherings, thanks to such event spaces as its sprawling Lloydminster Exhibition Grounds. Offering 100,00 square feet of indoor event space, the 73-acre Lloydminster Exhibition Grounds features a camping area with electrical sites, ample parking, a 5/8-mile racetrack and a 3,500-person grandstand. Event spaces include the full-service 13,100-square-foot Stockade Convention Centre; 20,000-square-foot Alberta Building; and 45,000-square-foot Saskatchewan Building, among other spaces. Meeting services include in-house catering and an event planning staff.

In addition to its Lloydminster Exhibition Grounds, Lloydminster is home to a number of unique venues perfectly positioned for event rentals. The 550-seat Vic Juba Community Theatre at Lakeland College showcases full-scale theatrical productions and concerts, as well as accommodates conventions and corporate functions. A community gathering place focused on art, music and local cuisine, The Root: Community Emporium welcomes private events, while groups can tour the facilities at The Cheesiry, an Old World-inspired artisan cheese shop focused on preparing nourishing food in the most wholesome way possible.

Between fishing for trout, exploring walking paths and throwing horseshoes, among other activities, groups can hold outdoor events at the 200-acre Bud Miller All Seasons Park, which features a 300-person outdoor amphitheatre and picnic shelter, as well as a three-floor Park Centre Building. The 18-hole Rolling Green Golf Course welcomes private group tournaments and events at its 350-person event centre pavilion and 150-person banquet hall with a wraparound deck overlooking the course. Other sports and event facilities include the Lloydminster Golf and Curling Centre, which features golf tournament options, a meeting room, 275-person restaurant overlooking the golf course and dry ice event surfaces, as well as the Servus Sports Centre, a versatile athletic centre home to two dry ice surfaces, a field house and 100-person meeting room all available for private bookings.

About Lloydminster, AB / Additional Info

Known as Canada's only border city, Lloydminster offers meeting visitors a great balance of well-equipped event venues and after-meeting attractions, as well as a number of restaurants that can accommodate groups. Arts and culture opportunities abound, as do outdoor adventures, thanks to Lloydminster's many parks, sporting centres and performing arts and cultural venue. One such venue, the Lloydminster Cultural & Science Centre boasts a world-class interactive adventure focused on area geology, drilling and refining, as well as a public art gallery and what's believed to the largest taxidermy exhibit in North America created by one man.

The Lloydminster area was first settled in 1903 with the arrival of the Barr Colonists, approximately 2,600 people from England. The settlement was named after the group's Reverend Lloyd for his efforts in leading the colonists, and was later split in two with the provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan were formed. In 1930, Lloydminster once again became a singular town and then received its city charter in 1958, becoming the tenth city in both provinces. Lloydminster's heritage and its title of Canada's only border city is represented by its World's Largest Border Markers, which signify the provincial boundary and fourth meridian that marks the Alberta-Saskatchewan border. The four red 100-foot-high giant survey markers, all shaped liked the survey stakes used during the original border survey, represent the four themes of oil and gas, the Bar Colonists, agriculture and First Nations and Metis.

Lloydminster's selection of restaurants serves a variety of cuisines in welcoming spaces. A casual family restaurant, Mr. Bill's serves a large menu of American and Greek selections, while Lloydminster's Boston Pizza location serves a variety of gourmet pizzas, pastas, entrees and more in a family-friendly sports bar and restaurant. Serving authentic Greek fare, Spiro's is famous for its dry ribs with secret sauce, while the KC Steak House serves a variety of cuts and other entrees. Last but certainly not least, the restaurant The Root: Community Emporium offers a seasonal menu crafted with fresh local ingredients.

 
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