Family friendly horse-drawn wagon tours from the Oil Museum of Canada return every Sunday this summer, beginning July 8.
Tours are free with museum admission and are offered at 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
The 45-minute guided tour winds its way through historic Fairbank Oil Fields, a preserved pocket where history happened and the authentic oil technology of the 1860s is still operating. Fairbank Oil Fields and the Oil Museum of Canada share a National Heritage Site designation for the first oil field in Canada.
Stories, art, nature, oil history and ingenious technology are all combined in the tour as a pair of Belgian horses wends its way down Great Oak Lane. Through woods and fields, the tour passes horses at work, life-sized metal sculptures of oilmen and the site where Canada’s first gusher struck in 1862.
There are also two other ways to tour. The Driving Tour passes many of the sculptures and you can tune in your radio to hear the narrative at each stop. Details are at the Oil Museum of Canada. The tour on foot is free of charge and is available year round, offering a path along the Fairbank Oil Nature Trail through woodlands, meadows, and over Black Creek. Plenty of interpretive exhibits and art displays are available along the way. Trail maps are available at the parking lot entrance on Gypsie Flats Road.