Turner Valley Gas Plant


Be our guest - Free admission for wildfire evacuees

Now until September 5th, 2016, regular admission fees will be waived at provincially-owned historic sites and museums for evacuees of the Alberta wildfires. Evacuees will be required to provide photo identification or a postal code as proof of residency for family admission. We hope access to our sites and museums provides an opportunity for displaced Albertans to enjoy some activities together during this difficult time.


On May 14, 1914, wet natural gas sprayed out of the well bore at the Calgary Petroleum Products No. 1 Well. This discovery of petroleum led to the development of Alberta's first natural gas processing plant and changed the province forever.

Located 60 km south of Calgary, the Turner Valley Gas Plant is a tangible symbol of the development of the Turner Valley Oilfield, western Canada’s first commercial petroleum producer.

Turner Valley Gas Plant is a provincial facility operated by Alberta Culture and Tourism, Historic Sites and Museums Branch.

Turner Valley Gas Plant

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Interpreter leading an educational program

Discovery well at Turner Valley. Photo: Provincial Archives of Alberta, P1301a

Interpreter with visitors

alberta's energy resources heritage