sketch of old oil well

Black Gold

Canada's Oil History

Explore this exhibit to learn more about the exciting history of the discovery of oil in Lambton  County in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.  Some of the amazing local achievements include the world’s first commercial oil well, the first refinery, the first petroleum company, the first oil gusher and many others.

Access the stories of some of the individuals whose perseverance and insight helped to shape a national industry and lay the foundation for a global way of life.