Before we take you on this journey, if you would like to experience this National Historic site for yourself, there are great tours available (schedule information outlined below) as well as an informative and fun tour provided by Eau Claire Distillery which includes a showcase of the time between the oil boom in 1914 and the start of prohibition in 1916.
Also, parts of the official sequel to the 1980s Ghostbuster movies were filmed at the Gas Plant (starring Paul Rudd, ahem). It doesn't get much more cool than that!!
According to the Government of Alberta site – Turner Valley Gas Plant National & Provincial Historic Site, in 1914, the wells at Turner Valley were known as Dingman No. 1 and Dingman No. 2, named after their discoverer, Archie Dingman. These early wells were both productive and led to the development of Western Canada’s first commercial oilfield.
Serving as a nod to times gone by, the Turner Valley Gas Plant National and Provincial Historic Site is the most significant surviving resource associated with the development of the Turner Valley oilfield. In May of 1914, the well struck petroleum and forever changed the industrial face of Canada and the Canadian West. Through three separate stages of development, between WWI and the late 40s, the Turner Valley Plant served as the largest natural gas processing plant in Canada’s largest oilfield.
The Turner Valley Gas Plant continued to evolve and develop until a well at the site hit deep zone crude north of Longview. At its peak in 1942, the Turner Valley oilfield produced almost 10 million barrels of oil per year.
The Plant was in use until 1985 – a near century-long resume of production. In 1989, the Turner Valley Gas Plant was designated a Provincial Historic Resource and in 1995 it was also named a National Historic Site.
The Turner Valley oilfield continues to produce oil and natural gas today.
Celebrate a proud part of Alberta’s history with a visit and a tour – information for a visit to the Turner Valley Gas Plant is outlined below.
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Hours / Days of Operation:
Open Saturdays, Sundays, and Statutory Holidays from May 18 to Sept. 2, 2019
Light Plant Exhibit Display is open from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Guided tours of the Gas Plant historic site are offered four times daily at: 11:00 am | 12:30 pm | 2:00 pm | 3:30 pm