For a unique history lesson on the oil and gas industry in the region take a tour of the Turner Valley Gas Plant this spring and summer.
The gas plant is western Canada’s first natural gas processing and refining facility. In 1914, a petroleum reservoir was discovered deep under Turner Valley, becoming Alberta’s first major oil and gas discovery and one of Canada’s most significant petroleum processing facilities.
Workers processed natural gas at the site from 1914 until the plant closed in 1985.
In May 2014, the site opened for the centennial celebration of the discovery of the Dingman No. 1 well, attracting more than 2,000 visitors. Another 446 visited the site the remainder of the summer.
Alberta Culture and Tourism opened the doors to the Turner Valley Gas Plant for its official first summer of operation in 2016, drawing 776 people to the unique site for a glimpse of life in the booming oil and gas industry in the 20th century.
The Turner Valley Gas Plant is open again this season on Saturdays, Sundays and holiday Mondays from May 20 until September Sept. 4, including July 3 on Canada Day. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $4 for youth and $30 for families. Children ages six and under are free.
For more information go to turnervalleygasplant.org