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Town of Petrolia
You’ll Be Surprised!
Petrolia, in the 19th century was the birthplace of the world’s oil refining industry and the richest town in Canada. Remnants of the oil boom glory days are still visible in town. The downtown is attractively styled in keeping with its heritage of manicured parks, flowerbeds, well-tended properties and library. Mansions complete with elegant woodwork, ostentatious towers and stained glass windows can be seen as outlined in a heritage walking tour brochure of Petrolia. Boutiques, restaurants, bed and breakfast homes, golf and live theatre entertain visitors. Local producers of fresh, wholesome foods come to the Petrolia Farmers’ Market on Fletcher Street (behind the Library) on Saturday mornings from May 21 – October 8, 2016. Bridgeview Park in Petrolia has a covered bridge, picnic shelter and washrooms beside the creek and pond. The Petrolia Discovery Trail loops through the park, encountering Kentucky Coffee trees and historic relics. The trails are perfect for walking or cycling and trail maps are available at Town Hall.
Victoria Playhouse Petrolia presents professional theatre and concerts in its air-conditioned hall with an audio assist system and wheelchair access. The Hall has superb acoustics and an intimate view of the stage. Artistic Directors David Hogan and David Rogers, well known across the region for their Starbright Summer Festival and Starbright Christmas, work together with VPP Music Director Mark Payne to present stellar theatre experiences of the highest professional caliber throughout the summer season and concerts into the fall and winter seasons.
Petrolia is famous for its signature events. The first Saturday of June every year Petrolia hosts Pizzafest – a celebration of all things pizza! Canada Day is a big deal in Petrolia, and it is celebrated in beautiful Bridgeview Park. Petrolia is proud of its annual Scarecrow Festival from September – October every year. Christmas in the Park is always the first Friday in December, and the annual Santa Claus parade is held at 2:00 p.m. the first Saturday of December.
Petrolia is very proud of the many volunteers, committees and service clubs that enrich the town with their contributions. You are encouraged to visit Petrolia for its heritage, its greenspace, or to shop at any of the unique shops in the thriving downtown. Make plans to visit and you will see why we know You’ll Be Surprised!