History

In an age when few people traveled beyond the borders of their own home town, the pioneer oil men of Lambton County went out from the wilderness of Southwestern Ontario to discover most of the major oilfields of the world. They were on the Gobi, and in the Arctic, in Iran when it was still Persia, Indonesia, Australia, Russia… 87 countries in all. In the 1920s, Hard Oilers brought home Alberta tar sands to pave the main street of Petrolia.

See the little known story of these amazing men at the Petrolia Discovery, a one-of-a-kind museum combining history and artifacts from the world’s first Oil Industry within the framework of an original and still operational oilfield, established in the 1870s.

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