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Oil Sands

Our region is located on the largest single known oil deposit in the world, the Athabasca Oil Sands. An estimated 1.7 to 2.5 trillion barrels of heavy oil called bitumen lie under a thin blanket of muskeg. To learn more about the oil industry visit the Oil Sands Discovery Centre. See first hand how building on more than a century of research and experience separating the oil from the sand and clay, advancements in technology have made the Athabasca Oil Sands one of Canada's most powerful economic engines.

Oilsands Mine - photo licensed from Shell

“Experience the Energy” of Fort McMurray with a tour of the Suncor Energy mine site. See the earth move before your eyes as shovels carrying 100 tons load 380 ton payload trucks with the rich, black oil sand. Follow the process from mining to pipeline and see how the sand is reclaimed as a productive partner in the natural environment.  Also, check out the oil sands story.

Package tours including accommodation are available as well as step on tours. Charters and groups are welcome. To view tours offered check out the Fort McMurray tourism website.

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