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Leduc #1 Energy Discovery Centre

Your Guide to the
Energy Discovery Centre

Oil Discovered Near Edmonton

Leduc #1 Energy Discovery Centre takes you on a tour of the discovery of oil just outside of Edmonton. Explore the world of oil that helped shape Alberta's future.

leduc 1 energy discovery centre

Location: Near the intersection of Highway 60 and Highway 19, the Discovery Centre is located approximately 20 minutes SW of Edmonton.

The GPS coordinates of the Discovery Centre are:

Phone Number: 780-987-4323

Toll Free: 1-866-987-4323

Fax: 780-987-4365

Hours of operation:

Winter Hours:
Monday - Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm; Closed Saturday and Sunday

Website: Leduc Energy Discovery Centre

Admission: For the most up-to-date info check here for Leduc #1 Energy Discovery Centre Admission Costs

Society Members given complimentary admission.

Information and On-site Features

  • Tours of the Discovery Centre
  • Available upon request when booked at least one week in advance.

  • Serviced and unserviced camp sites
  • Book at 1-780-405-6308 or 1-780-987-4323 or Toll Free 1-866-987-4323

  • Facility Rentals available
  • Rental options include a multi-use room, boardrooms, theatre, classrooms and catering.

  • Local and Provincial Tourist Information Centre

  • Gift Shop

Leduc #1 Energy Discovery Centre Edmonton Review

On February 13, 1947 the position of the province of Alberta on the global market changed when Imperial Oil's Leduc #1 well struck oil.

leduc energy discovery centre

After drilling 133 successive dry holes, Imperial Oil decided to try one to try one final hole based on geologists' recommendations. The grade and amount of oil struck surprised even the most optimistic proponents.

Once known simply as hosting an agrarian based economy, Alberta soon became a major economic player in the oil and gas market.

The museum hosts a very cool theater designed like a gigantic drill bit and offering an "immersive documentary" simulating the drilling in 1947 when oil was first discovered in Leduc.

Displays, models, memorabilia, archives, photos, equipment, and more illustrate the process and the results of that early drilling.

Guides and sometimes even retired Canadian Petroleum Hall of Famers are on hand to explain, demonstrate and describe the Leduc oil find.

Programs and Events:

Fun Annual Events they host include the Annual Rib Cook-Off, Christmas Craft show, Summer Camp and more. See website for details.

The Leduc Energy Discovery Centre hosts a very large educational program. Educational opportunities include:

  • "BLACK GOLD" The Story of Oil and Leduc #1"
  • Alberta curriculum correlated energy module entitled

  • Junior Roughneck Summer camp
  • Emphasis on geology, energy, oil and gas

  • One-day Oilfield Introduction program
  • For those entering the oil and gas sector

  • Mount Royal College Corporate Training Program
  • For upgrades, professional development or simply general information

  • Oil and Gas Courses
  • Providing general information on the industry

  • Technical Courses
  • Allows upgrades for those involved in energy related fields

  • Safety Training
  • Using simulators

  • Many more courses
  • Tie in Alberta's oil and gas industry with safety, alternative energy, climate change, oil sands and water use in the industry.

The Leduc #1 Energy Discovery Centre is a not-for-profit organization and manned primarily by volunteers. It is owned and run by the Leduc/Devon Oilfield Historical Society.

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