The Oilsands Discovery Centre: Discover Wood Buffalo’s Buried Treasure
The Oilsands Discovery Centre is always a busy place, particularly during the summer months. Guests flock to the centre for the always-popular oilsands site tours, eager for a firsthand-view of Wood Buffalo’s famous oilsands operations in action.
While the tour season only runs during the summer months, the frosty winter months offer some unique opportunities as well for the curious to discover Wood Buffalo’s buried treasure in a hands-on environment. It’s a great place to bring your family on a quiet winter weekend – adults and children alike love the chance to experience the history, science and power of the oilsands with their own hands.
The Oilsands Discovery Centre features a host of interactive exhibits that walks visitors through the unique history of the oilsands in Alberta, a heritage which stretches all the way back to the early Aboriginal people who inhabited this land and used the sticky black material that seeped from the riverbanks to seal their canoes. You’ll learn about the science behind the oilsands, the result of decades of work by some of the world’s top scientific minds, as well as the cutting-edge technology used in the field, both in the past and today. Knowledgeable and friendly interpreters lead programs throughout the day and are always happy to answer questions and lend a helping hand. The Oilsands Discovery Centre’s motto says it best: it’s the closest you can get to Alberta’s oilsands without boots and a hard hat!
The winter months see some special events as well that you don’t want to miss. On Family Day in February, come to the Oilsands Discovery Centre for a day of fun, learning and adventure. Admission is free, so bring the whole family down to enjoy live entertainment while wandering through the exhibits, do special hands-on experiments, build crafts and spend the day with laughing and learning.
Each weekend during the winter, the Oilsands Discovery Centre features different Discovery Labs. These family-friendly themed activities are guaranteed to educate, entertain and amaze visitors of all ages.
This February, the Oilsands Discovery Centre will welcome the Telus World of Science’s mobile planetarium. Winter is the perfect time for stargazing thanks to Fort McMurray’s clear night skies. Experience the panorama of the starry night sky with Telus World of Science’s mobile planetarium, available for four weeks only at the Oilsands Discovery Centre in February of 2012, and learn about the fascinating world that lies above and beyond, in the inky majesty of the night sky.
No matter when you go, winter at the Oilsands Discovery Centre is an adventure waiting to happen!
The Oilsands Discovery Centre is open during the winter months Tuesdays through Sundays from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. For more information and daily programming, visit their website at www.oilsandsdiscovery.com.