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Oil Sands Discovery Centre

Open Now: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Open today: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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Very interesting

You can't visit Ft. McMurray without stopping here to fully understand the uniqueness of Alberta's... read more

Reviewed September 6, 2018
Deb S

Informative, great for kids and adults alike. I learned a great deal in a fun environment- highly... read more

Reviewed August 30, 2018
Sidney, Canada
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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...more
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515 Mackenzie Blvd, Fort McMurray, Alberta T9H 4X3, Canada
+1 780-743-7167
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed June 5, 2016

It was a truly eye opening experience for me when I visited this discovery centre last year. I was one of those skeptical and a little critical about the oil sands but this centre changed my outlook on the inner workings of the oil sands....More

6  Thank yycflip
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed June 15, 2015 via mobile

It was so nice to discover few things that you need to know on how it was started, you have to watch the film being played to understand it, and how the resources is being developed. Don't forget to check those equipment right at the...More

1  Thank apollo201
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All reviews oil sands interactive displays few hours great place to learn drivers seat great learning young kids helpful staff process works great for kids ft mcmurray pay dirt worth the admission fee learned a great deal all ages fort mac whole family
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Reviewed September 12, 2018

Bit propagandistic but very interesting. Outside there are huge machines and parts of equipment which was my favourite part of the exhibit. You are able to walk up to some of the machinery that has been used and see the huge scale of the equipment!...More

Thank AW4554
Reviewed September 6, 2018

You can't visit Ft. McMurray without stopping here to fully understand the uniqueness of Alberta's oil sands!

Thank Deb S
Reviewed August 30, 2018 via mobile

Informative, great for kids and adults alike. I learned a great deal in a fun environment- highly recommended!

Thank jmm19572014
Reviewed August 23, 2018

Can be very in-depth if you want it to be. Lots of videos and presentations, if watch them all. I thought I knew quite a bit about the oil sands, but by the time I came out of there, I realized that I didn’t know...More

Thank danielcampbell943
Reviewed July 30, 2018

From the time you enter the village, you are transported through to a time which will completely engage you. All the buildings possess really interesting facts and findings. The historical displays are done with some technology but mostly authentic artifacts, all within a park setting...More

Thank Maralyn R
Reviewed July 22, 2018 via mobile

It was fun and great to site in a big truck. We learn lot of info and the presentation was great. Its been couple time we are going and we always like it.

Thank Johanie S
Reviewed July 9, 2018 via mobile

Brought my parents there to learn a little about what I do. It shows various stages of extraction and oil production. Has a few Dino replicas and a haul truck simulation. Super fun for families with small children or a good way to burn a...More

Thank Josh W
Reviewed July 8, 2018 via mobile

Make sure to see the videos and stay for the demonstration. We learned a lot about how the history of the oil sands and ongoing journey realizing its value. The staff were very informative and answered all our questions. There were plenty interactive displays tactile,...More

Thank DRobb04
Reviewed July 1, 2018

Nice way to pass some time while here on business. Until you really see how the practice of refinement of the oil sands is done, you have to idea how the practice has evolved over the years.

Thank Barbara C
Reviewed June 30, 2018 via mobile

We arrived yesterday to spend some time with our daughter here in Fort Mac. Today we decided to visit the Oil Sands Discovery Centre. It’s a pretty amazing place. There is equipment there that was beyond huge. It’s amazing though to see what equipment they...More

Thank Janet S
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May E
June 27, 2018|
Response from OSDC | Property representative |
Hello May, unfortunately Fort McMurray Tourism’s Suncor tours were discontinued in 2016, and there are no immediate plans to bring them back at this point in time. Thank you for your interest!
More Ave P
January 27, 2017|
Response from OSDC | Property representative |
Admission is $11.00 for adults, $8.00 for seniors, $7.00 for youth (7-17), and $29.00 for a family,
Ross K
March 22, 2015|
Response from OSDC | Property representative |
Hello Ross, Admission rates are as follows: adults $8.00, seniors (age 65 and up) $6.00, youth (age 7-17) $4.00 ,and children 6 and under are free. All prices are in Canadian dollars. Please visit our website for more... More