Drilled in 1902, Western Canada’s first oil well was short-lived but ignited Alberta’s passion for petroleum exploration. Investigate the site and explore for nearby traces of the town in the forests of Waterton Lakes National Park. Learn how the entrepreneurs discovered and drilled for the oil and why they ultimately abandon their dreams.

At this time, First Oil Well in Western Canada National Historic Site is not accessible due to its location on the Akamina Parkway in Waterton Lakes National Park. This road is closed because of the Kenow Fire.

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Hours of operation

Open year round (subject to weather)
Complete schedule


Free admission for youth in 2018. Other fees may apply.
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Contact us

Telephone: 403-859-5133
Toll-free: 1-888-773-8888
Email: waterton.info@pc.gc.ca