DescriptionOne of Canada's first boom towns, Petrolia supplied 90 percent of Canada's oil needs prior to 1900. When oil flow from local fields slowed, drillers left for 87 countries around the globe, exporting Canadian technology.
Today the town reflects the early wealth of the community, with grand Victorian houses and the Victoria Playhouse Petrolia, 411 Greenfield St., a 430-seat playhouse with summer theater and varied performers year-round; phone (519) 882-1221 or (800) 717-7694 for theater information and tickets.
Tea rooms and boutiques line the historic main travel routes where street names include Oil Street, Petrolia Line, Eureka, Tank, and Discovery Line, along with more unusual monikers such as Oozolofsky and Ignatiefna, named after a Russian who cared for a foreign driller's family while he worked the fields. Bridgeview Park, once a field of three-pole oil derricks, now is a scenic park setting, including a pond and covered bridge.
Visitor InfoTourism Sarnia-Lambton—Petrolia 1455 Venetian Blvd. POINT EDWARD, ON N7T 7W7. Phone:(519)336-3232 or (800)265-0316
Self-guiding toursA brochure containing a map for a self-guiding walking tour of Petrolia's historic buildings is available at the Municipal Office, 411 Greenfield St.; phone (519) 882-2350.