I recently spent a couple days exploring Lloydminster. Here is a quick rundown of my stay! Having grown up on the prairies, I couldn't believe I hadn't been to this border city yet. Plenty to do and see! As with all the places I've been this year, safety is a huge priority for me and I've been sure to wear a mask anytime I'm indoors as well as keeping my distance from others.
Before I start, one place I regrettably didn't get to stop in at was Art Soul Life Creative Studio. They offer walk-in pottery and canvas painting as well as wheel throwing. Definitely on my list for next time!
First off, a stop at Yummy Breads. This is a Filipino grocery store with an in-house bakery and fresh food to go! This donut cost less than a dollar and was super light, fluffy and tasty! https://www.facebook.com/yummybreads/
I then checked into my hotel, Microtel by Wyndham. This is a newer place and the rooms had super high ceilings, which you don't often see in hotels. I also tried out the pool, hot tub and the waterslide. Perfect for the chilly weather. Masks are required and social distancing is in effect with heightened cleaning protocols. I really enjoyed my stay!
Day 1 dinner was at The Proper Eats & Drinks. They had a great cocktail menu and many tasty dishes from pizza to pasta, and everything in between! The portions were quite generous too, as I definitely had some leftovers at the end of the night. Overall the ambience was really nice and laid back—and the country music they had playing was great :) https://www.theproper.ca/
They next day I stopped by Walkn on Water, a toy store that's actually located inside a converted house! They had so many wonderful treasures and told me they actually started out selling toys and ice cream around town in a big yellow school bus. They are cherished in the community and the folks who run it couldn't have been friendlier. With the pandemic, they have been busy offering online orders as well as curbside pickup. https://walkn-on-water.myshopify.com/
Later that day I stopped at Bud Miller All Seasons Park. This is an expansive greenspace in the southwest corner of the city, and I absolutely loved the walking trails. Unfortunately things are now covered in snow, but fortunately there are still ways to be active in the park. Cross country skiing anyone?!
For day 2 food, I made sure to stop by Eats and Treats by Hotsuls. This was about as authentic Ukrainian as you can get and I ordered a sampler combo with sausage, nalisniki (a cottage cheese-stuffed crepe), schnitzel, cutlet, cabbage rolls and perogies. Crazy good comfort food! https://eatsandtreasbyhotsuls.com/
For some afternoon shopping, I stopped by Hot Peppers Clothing. This local boutique has been running for years and they luckily have their online store (http://hotpeppersclothing.com) so shoppers can browse from anywhere. I loved the cozy atmosphere and ended up buying a sweater...thank goodness because only a couple days later we definitely got served up some real winter!
I had been hearing from many people that if in town, Tasty K's was the way to go, so I knew that was where I wanted to have dinner. This family business has been going steady for many years, and it's no wonder why: they make fresh homemade bread everyday and also make their own sauces in house. And did I mention it's a donair place? Incredible, juicy meat carved right in front of your eyes and stacked up a mile high on a pita with all the fresh veggies you need. It was tasty indeed! Check them out here!
That day I also checked out Hoop Factory, a brand new basketball and rec space that had just opened up 2 weeks earlier! It had huge, lifesize artwork on the walls that was actually done by students from Luther College High School in Regina. It felt amazing in there and I know it will become a highly treasured part of the community for years to come. They are available for drop in, rentals, events, and more. https://www.gtshoopfactory.com/
The next morning before I left, I went to the highly recommended Home Hardware in town. Yes, Home Hardware. However, this one is a little more extra special than your typical building supply store. Ok, a lot more special. They have an aboslutely stunning cafe and restaurant! After a large expansion in 2017, they were able to start serving handcrafted beverages, freshly made food (sushi too!), and a large assortment of baked items—plenty of gluten free options as well! After sitting in there under the huge wall of hanging lights, I definitely didn't feel like I was in a Home Hardware! The outdoor patio looked incredible, and I'd imagine it'd be a pretty great spot to hang in warmer months. https://hhlloyd.com/cafe/
And that's it! Overall it was the perfect Sasky staycation and I'm so glad I got to go. For more places to visit in Canada's only border city, visit https://discoverlloydminster.ca!