Oil Sands Discovery Centre
Oil Sands Discovery Centre
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The Oil Sands Discovery Centre in Fort McMurray is located in the heart of the world's biggest single oil deposit - the Athabasca Oil Sands. The Centre is an educational facility committed to increasing public awareness and knowledge about the oil sands. Come to the Oil Sands Discovery Centre and experience the history, science, and technology of the oil sands. It's the closest you can get without boots and a hard hat! The Centre is a provincial facility operated by Alberta Culture.
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Ontario76
Sherwood Park, Canada1,093 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Great for kids, OK for adults. Provides a good background on the way the oil sands were found, the way they get processed, and some of the equipment used. The equipment in the yard is quite accessible, but an older version and smaller than used now. An update is in order - it would be even more impressive. Be sure to climb up to the truck cab and see the video from teh driver's viewpoint in the mine!
Written September 3, 2023
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Miriam G
Spruce Grove, Canada5 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Interesting place, but kind of outdated now and beginning to look rundown. The entrance fee is reasonable for what you get.
Written July 10, 2023
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digitalroc
Calgary, Canada2,072 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Solo
I drove to the Oil Sands Discovery Centre to kill some time before checking into my hotel. The admission was $11 and it was a very informational tour inside. The outside of the attraction was closed due to the timing of the year. I highly recommend anyone coming to Fort McMurray to take in this attraction!
Written June 18, 2023
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ryanyimin
Burnaby, Canada2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Solo
I can learn the history of oil sands, I can learn how to make oil out of the sand. Thanks for your great job!
Written February 9, 2021
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Al Gray
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The centre is very informative and fun. Give you a very good idea of how the oilsands work and are developed. Very nice gift store too.
Written January 13, 2020
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Ulrich S
Fort McMurray, Canada9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
Site is awesome, very informative, very interesting.

This explains very closely, how Canada is producing one of the worlds most needed commodity ..... Oil .

I absolutely would recommend to visit the Oil Sands Discovery Centre !
Written December 10, 2019
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Eric d
St. Lucia106 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Solo
I've been through this area a few time and learn more each time. One of the biggest things that seems to be a environmental 'ignorance' is how the oil sands are actually benefitting the people and the land by making the land better and more inhabitable than it was after the fact through reclamation. No one could possibly live in the oil sands now as it's actually toxic...but in many years it won't be. Go figure.
Written December 7, 2019
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Ginettew72
Westbridge, Canada12 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Family
Interesting and informative loved the interactive learning games Leary a lot about the oil sands and like the big truck
Written November 4, 2019
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Peter M
Morinville, Canada818 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
If your going to Fort Mac then it is imperative that you stop here. So educational to see how the whole system works of extracting oil from the ground. Really makes you understand how its all done. Definately a must stop and see place. If you have the CF1 card you get in for free.
Written October 25, 2019
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clareb996
Holmes Beach, Florida45 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
What a wonderful place to visit, we were so pleased we took the time to stop at the discovery centre. So much information to take in. Friendly and helpful staff, We not only enjoyed the displays but enjoyed the films and presentation on bitumen and the demonstration of what it looks like etc. Recommended for anyone traveling to Fort McMurray.
Written October 17, 2019
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