Join us in celebrating the black gold rush that occurred in Oil Springs in the 1860s on Sunday, July 14, 2019 from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm at the Oil Museum of Canada – National Historic Site.
Enjoy a day filled with fun for the whole family including live music, blacksmith demonstrations, guided horse & wagon tours of Fairbank Oil Fields, face painting, virtual reality display about the geology of Southern Ontario, fire prevention demonstrations and more!
Oil Springs Fire Department- Come and see a real fire truck. The Oil Springs Fire Department will showing off the fire trucks and conducting demonstrations related to fire prevention. Learn all about fire safety and how you are the first step in preventing fires. Members of the public are invited to ask the firefighters questions.
Horse and Wagon Rides – Come and experience the historic oil fields of Fairbank Oil Properties on a relaxing horse drawn wagon. Tours are about an hour in length and take you past the historic pump-jacks and jerker-lines as they continue to pump oil in this same historic way they did 150 years ago. Each tour will be guided by our wagon master and a trained tour guide from the Oil Museum of Canada. Tours are first come, first served, limited seating and weather permitting.
Lion’s Food Truck – The Petrolia Lions will be bringing their food truck to the Oil Museum of Canada to provide yummy food and drinks for sale to the public. The Lions Food Truck provided traditional backyard BBQ food including burgers, hot dogs and French fries. Grab a bite to eat, sit down and enjoy it in our spacious outdoor picnic pavilion.
Fairy Tale Face Painting – Make the day extra special and pay a stop to Fairy Tale Face Painting and have them create beautiful designs on your face. Turn yourself into a princess, superhero or a villain. They will be here all day and charging $5 per face. Don’t forget to take pictures and send them to us. We want to share in your memories.
Oil Gas and Salt Resource Library – the OGSRL will be visiting the Oil Museum of Canada and bringing along their very exciting Virtual Reality Display about the geology of Southern Ontario. Experience what it is like to be a drop of water and travel through the rock formations. Learn about the valuable work that they do to record and preserve the science of the rocks beneath our feel. See rock samples and learn about the environmental work being done to benefit all Ontarians.
James Stonehouse Blacksmith – James Stonehouse is a local teacher within Lambton Kent District School Board. When he is not busy teach tech to our students he provides working Blacksmith demonstrations. James will demonstrate to the tools and forging techniques of the village Blacksmith who could make just about anything in his forge. James will be using the historic forge in the Blacksmith shop here at the Oil Museum of Canada, displaying his tools and working the hot metal.