First Oil Well in Western Canada National Historic Site

Drilled in 1902, Western Canada’s first oil well ignited Alberta’s passion for petroleum exploration. Explore the site and nearby traces of the town in the forests of Waterton Lakes National Park. Learn how the entrepreneurs discovered and drilled for oil and why they ultimately abandoned their dreams.

Featured things to do

Explore the scenic Akamina Parkway

The Akamina Parkway is a 16 km winding mountain road ending at Cameron Lake

Wildlife watching

There are many opportunities to view wildlife in Waterton Lakes National Park, all year round

A park less travelled

Take an opportunity to explore some of the lesser-known locations of Waterton Lakes National Park

Culture and history

The location of the first discovery well in Western Canada to produce saleable quantities of oil.

How to get here

Contact Waterton Lakes National Park

General inquiries:
1-888-773-8888 (toll free)
For emergencies within the park: 911

Hours of operation

Waterton Lakes National Park is open year round.
Complete schedule


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