Oil Field History…
in action

The Petrolia Discovery is a place where you can walk in the footsteps of the early pioneers of Canada’s Black Gold Heritage.


Visitors to the Petrolia Discovery experience a fascinating, one-of-a-kind glimpse into the early days of the world’s oil boom. From the first, hand-dug wells of the 1850s, to the great refineries and machine shops which abounded at the turn of the century, Petrolia’s Oil Heritage runs old and deep as the wells themselves. Guests not only take in historical displays and informative movies, but get a chance to see an authentic 1860s oil field in action.

What we offer


General pioneer programs for schools are available upon request. Discovery offers a specific Grade 3 and 4 Wheels Gears and Pulleys program based on the Ontario Common Curriculum. Secondary and post secondary facilities visit the site to supplement their geology and technology programs.


Special and unique photo opportunities for engagement and wedding pictures can be found in our historic oil field and pioneer village. Petrolia Discovery offers a distinctive venue for outdoor garden weddings. As well as special occasions such as reunions, corporate picnics and business showcases.


Enjoy a leisurely walk in our Historic Oil Field, listen to the stories told by trained interpretive guides and experience the excitement of the Black Gold fever. Customized tours are also available.