Discovering the Largest Single Oil Deposit in the World

The Oil Sands Discovery Centre is found in the center of the biggest oil deposit found in the world, called the Athabasca Oil Sands. This is an educational facility with a commitment to educate the public about the oil sands. With plenty of science, technology and history found at the facility, it's a fascinating place for both adults and children.


The centre features many different programs to help educate the public including:

  • Group Programs
  • Historic Abasand Tour
  • Badge Programs
  • Discovery Lab
  • Summer Science Camps
  • School Programs
  • Outreach Programs
  • Distance Learning Programs

The summer camps will be held in July and August for children ages 4 to 12. Group programs can be booked anytime for groups of 15 or more, while the Abasand tour is a guided tour for pre-booked groups of any size. There's also a self-guided walking tour for visitors to enjoy.

If you're looking for something a little more interactive, the Discovery Lab provides many activities and experiments for the entire family. Children cannot use the lab without adult supervision and it's included in the regular admission. Enjoy digging for fossils in the Beginner's Archaeology class held on June 30th or just come in for self-guided fun.

Many things happen on a daily basis at Oil Sands Discover Centre including:

  • Extraction demonstrations
  • Pay dirt film viewing
  • Quest for Energy film viewing
  • Guided tours of the Industrial Equipment Garden and Bucketwheel exhibit
  • And more!

Admission and Hours

The centre is open from May 15th to Labour Day from 9am to 5pm daily. During the fall and winter, the center is open from 10am to 4pm Tuesday through Sunday.

Regular admission for adults is $7, youth ages 7 to 17 are $4 and children 6 and under are free. Family passes are available for $20, which includes adults and all their children. Annual passes are also available for $30 for adults, $15 for youth and $75 for a family pass.

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