Government of Alberta
Visit Western Canada's first commercial oilfield and processing plant in Turner Valley. Take a guided tour around the site, exhibit hall, and through some of the historic buildings and explore the birthplace of Alberta's petroleum industry. On May 14, 1914, wet natural gas sprayed out of the well bore at Dingman No. 1 in Turner Valley and changed the nature of Alberta forever.This discovery of petroleum led to the creation of Alberta's first natural gas plant, starting the modern era of oil and gas exploration and processing.The Turner Valley plant was established to process the oil and gas found in Turner Valley. It was the birthplace of Alberta's petrochemical industry and, by undergoing decades of change and development, remained one of Canada's most significant petroleum processing facilities. The buildings and equipment reflect the evolution of natural gas processing and the technological changes in the oil and gas sector. After it closed in 1985, the Alberta government acquired the plant and site and proceeded remediation to protect the local environment. it is a provincially and nationally designated historic resource with Alberta Culture providing tours to the public.