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.

Petrolia Discovery is a centre to learn, experience and enjoy the stories
of Canadian ingenuity, talent and the pioneering spirit of Lambton County and
its people – Canadians who influenced the global industry of Black Gold!