Programs & Experiences

What's on at the Oil Sands Discovery Centre

Our regular public programs, exhibits, and daily schedules.

Films, Demonstrations, and Exhibits

Admission to the Oil Sands Discovery Centre includes the following programs and exhibits:

  • Dr. Karl A. Clark Exhibit Hall: Learn about the history, science, and technology of the oil sands through interactive displays. Don’t forget to visit the 150-tonne heavy hauler truck!
  • Hot Water Extraction Demonstration: Our interpreters show how bitumen is separated from oil sand in this 10-minute live presentation.
  • Pay Dirt: Alberta’s Oil Sands Centuries in the Making: A 45-minute film that describes the history and development of the oil sands in Alberta.
  • Oil Sands: A 10-minute film that introduces the geology, history, mining, and extraction processes of Alberta’s Oil Sands.
  • Industrial Equipment Garden & Bucketwheel Exhibit: (Closed during winter) This outdoor display area features mining equipment that was once used in the oil sands mining industry. "Cyrus," the 850-tonne bucketwheel excavator, is one of the largest land-based artifacts in Canada.
     

Daily Schedule - Summer

9:30 a.m.Oil Sands film and Hot Water Extraction Demonstration
10:30 a.m.Pay Dirt film
11 a.m.Hot Water Extraction Demonstration
12 p.m.Oil Sands film and Hot Water Extraction Demonstration
1 p.m.Pay Dirt film
1:30 p.m.Hot Water Extraction Demonstration
2:30 p.m.Oil Sands film and Hot Water Extraction Demonstration
3:30 p.m.Pay Dirt film
4:30 p.m.Hot Water Extraction Demonstration

 

Daily Schedule - Winter

11 a.m.Oil Sands film and Hot Water Extraction Demonstration
12 p.m.Pay Dirt film
1:30 p.m.Hot Water Extraction Demonstration
2:30 p.m.Oil Sands film and Hot Water Extraction Demonstration
3:30 p.m.Hot Water Extraction Demonstration