Canadian Petroleum Discovery Centre
Tourism Region: Edmonton Capital Region
February 13th, 1947, on a farm just southwest of Edmonton, news of a huge oil strike at Leduc #1 was transmitted around Alberta, Canada and the World. This famous discovery marked the birth of Western Canada's modern oil industry and has been called one of the most important economic discoveries in Canada's history. Today the grit, determination and success of our early oilpatch pioneers are preserved at the Canadian Petroleum Discovery Centre with 13 acres outdoors and 23,000 sq.ft. indoors of scale models, fossils, working rigs, antique equipment, machinery, murals, archives, classrooms, theatre and more. A truly unique museum experience!
About the Collections
Oil field equipment and heavy equipment, drilling rigs, scale models, interpretive displays, art work, catalogues, magazines,photographs and hall of fame.
Approximate number of objects in the collections: 20,000
Expanded Library and Archives in 2006/2007: articles,catalogues,product descriptions, journals, drilling reports, company information, photograph, offshore drilling information,safety manuals, beta tapes and vhs tapes.
Cartographic Materials •
Prints and Drawings •
Films and Videos •
Sound Recordings •
Art work depicing or inspired by the oil industry. Originals, prints, sculptures and photographs.
Contemporary • Historical
Painting • Photography • Prints and Drawings • Sculpture
The stories of oil pioneers is told through biographies in the Hall of Fame Room, Interpretive Tours, Personal recollections, and books.
Exploration and Survey
Industrial Technology and History
Maps, Charts, Plans or Blueprints
: Motorized ground
Core samples, fossils, devonian rock and much more help to tell the story of the origin of oil.
Earth Science and Geological Collections
Minerals • Rocks • Drill Cores
Services & Activities
Guided tours, interpretive displays, videos, resource library, room rentals, special events, campground and visitor information.
On-site noncirculatory resource library.
Archival Records •
Conservation or Restoration •
Information Centre •
Other: Currently collecting personal histories of oil patch personnel.
Leduc #1: The Well That Shaped a Province. Grade 4 Social Studies: Topic A: Alberta: It's Geography & People, Topic B: Alberta: Its People in History
: Age 0-4 (Pre-School)
: Age 5-11 (k-6)
: Age 12-17 (7-13)(Quebec: Secondary 1-CEGEP)
: Age 18 and up (Post-Secondary)
Other: Apache Junior Roughneck Day Camps enable youth ages 6-12 to discover the exciting science involved in the Energy Industry.
Annual Career Fair hosted each September for post-secondary and high school students, highlight careers and opportunities available in the Energy Industry.
Gift Shop, Guided Tours for Group Bookings, Library & Archives, Theatre, Wheelchair Access, Bus Turnaround, Tourist Information Centre, Meeting Rooms, Hall, RV Campground with Indoor Showers & Washrooms, Park, Horseshoe Pits, Playground and Picnic Facilities.
Films and Videos
Children's Activities or Services
Information Centre or Desk
Meeting Room Rental
Nature Trails, Walks or Gardens
Special Needs Facilities
: Wheelchairs available
: Wheelchair access
Other Guided Tours: We aim to maintain 30-50% bilingual personnel on staff. Please book ahead to ensure French availability. Also available with pre-booking are tours delivered in German or Dutch.
Volunteer Training Offered
Number of Volunteers: 30
Activities: Restoration, touring, education programs, special event hosts, yard and grounds maintenance, rig operation for special events.
Lifetime Memberships. Quarterly Newsletter. Invitations to Special Events.
On-site snacks (chips, chocolate bars & beverages) and picnic area. Special Event rooms are available for groups wishing to arrange catering as part of their tour.
Snack Bar or Vending Machines •
Other: Although we do not offer catering, we have the contact information for a number of caterers in the area who are familiar with our facility.
Local Tourism Links
Meeting Room rental throughout the year, min 5 to a maximum of 40 people- $70.00 for the day.
Banquet Facility suitable for 160 people- $200.00 a day.
Lifetime memberships & volunteer opportunities available.
Wall of Honor- you may purchase a space on the wall to recognize your name or that of a loved one.
Donor Recognition Program for Donations and Sponsorship of the Museum
Publications and Products
The Historical Society produced "Black Gold: A Teacher's Guide"- a guide book to teaching petroleum to the elementary ages.
"Leduc" by geologist Aubrey Kerr, describes in detail the events leading up to the 1947 discovery of oil in Leduc.
"Last Chance Well" by Bea Hunter,is an oral history project telling the stories of oil workers. A number of our Historical Society members were interviewed and recorded for this charming and easy to read publication.
"Roughnecks, Rock Bits and Rigs" by professor Sandy Gow, is currently in its second printing due to high demand. Much of the research for this publication was completed on-site at the Discovery Centre.
All of these publications and more, are available for purchase through our Gift Shop 1-866-987-4323.
Educational kits •
T-Shirts or Sweatshirts or Caps •
Scale models, such as this one built by Vern Blinn, are on display so visitors can get a close up look at all different types of drilling rigs and their parts.
© LDOHS, 2002
Two large pieces of Devonian Rock are on display outside of the Interpretive Centre. The rock is an example of the large pinnacle reef formations underground that make the Leduc/Woodbend field so prolific.
© LDOHS, 1997
15 minutes southwest of Edmonton at 50339 - Hwy 60
Leduc County, Alberta
Canadian Petroleum Discovery Centre
#6-20 Haven Avenue, Devon, Alberta
Hours of Operation
Year Round •
The site is open year round 9:00am-5:00pm.
Closed for ten days at Christmas.
Open: Open seven days/week 9:00am-5:00pm, Year Round.
CHRISTMAS: December 23rd, 2006 - January 1st, 2007 Closed For Staff Holidays
Adult - $6
Senior - $5
Youth (6-18) - $4
Child (under 6) - Free
Family (2 adults with accompanying youth) - $15