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Lloydminster Today - Beautiful Living SkiesLloydminster, Alberta and Saskatchewan’s joint city, is geographically unique in that it spans both provinces’ provincial borders with one municipal administration.

Located in the center of Lloydminster on 50th Avenue (Meridian Avenue), the provincial border runs north to south. The main street for downtown businesses and stores is Meridian Avenue, which is also referred to as 44th Street north of the Yellowhead Highway. Some of the businesses can also be found on intersecting streets east-west. It is considered that addresses east of 50th Avenue are in Lloydminster, Saskatchewan, and those west of 50th Avenue are in Lloydminster, Alberta.

In the west, the township is bordered by Vermilion River County, Alberta, and in the northeast, by Britannia Rural Municipality No. 502, Saskatchewan, and in the southeast by Wilton Rural Municipality No. 472, Saskatchewan. Most of the retail properties serving the city, including larger stores, gas stations, and hotels, are situated in the city’s Alberta region, particularly along the Yellowhead Highway west of Meridian Avenue and south of the Yellowhead Highway on 50th Avenue.

In addition to its unique situation, Lloydminster’s time zone also stands out. Most of Saskatchewan stays on Central Standard Time year-round, not observing daylight saving time. It is mandated in Alberta, however, that daylight saving time be observed. As part of its charter, Lloydminster follows Alberta’s daylight saving time laws to ensure the time in the city is synchronized with all other clocks within the province. Consequently, Lloydminster and its surrounding area are placed in the Mountain Time Zone with Alberta. Mountain Daylight Time is used in the city during the summer, while Central Standard Time is used elsewhere in Saskatchewan. Mountain Standard Time is observed by Lloydminster during the winter months, along with the rest of Alberta.

It is primarily the petroleum industry that drives the local economy. Agriculture continues to play a significant role in the economy. This community is also home to the Husky Lloydminster Refinery. Currently, the Goods and Services Tax (GST) is the only sales tax applicable in Alberta. Except for hotels, vehicle registration, and utility services, PST is not applied to the Saskatchewan side of the city in order to prevent businesses from moving there in favor of lower prices in Alberta.

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