Oil Sands Virtual Tour
Learn how oil was created, how it’s extracted, shipped and more in our Oil Sands Virtual Reality Tour.
Oil is a powerful and versatile source of Canadian energy that will be a part of the global energy mix for decades to come. Canada has about six billion barrels of remaining oil reserves located outside the oil sands, found primarily in Alberta, Saskatchewan and offshore Newfoundland and Labrador.
Oil sands are a mixture of sand, water and bitumen (oil that is too heavy or thick to flow on its own). Learn what are the oil sands, why they’re important and how they work.
History of the Oil Sands
Alberta’s oil sands were formed millions of years ago in a warm tropical sea. Efforts to tap the oil sands resource began in the early 20th century and have been improved upon continuously since then.
Oil is an important part of daily life in Canada and all over the world. This powerful source of energy moves us, heats our homes and creates jobs – and it’s a component of many everyday products.