Petrolia, Ontario – My Top 7 Picks

Petrolia, Ontario – My Top 7 Picks

Petrolia is a town in Ontario twenty minutes from Sarnia, and fifty minutes from London.

Following the discovery of oil at Oil Springs in 1857, prospectors extended their search to the entire township of Enniskillen. At the site of Petrolia, which contained two small settlements with post offices named Durance and Ennis, a well was brought into production in 1860. The following year a small refinery was opened and the Durance Post Office renamed “Petrolea”. In 1865-66, the drilling of the King well established Petrolia as the major oil producing center in Canada and its population soared from about three hundred to two thousand three hundred.

Oil men from Petrolia traveled to the far reaches of the world (Gobi Desert, Arctic, Iran, Indonesia, the United States, Australia, Russia, and over eighty other countries) teaching others how to find and extract crude oil.  Some oil fields in the area are still operational to this day.

Oil enticed people to come here, but Petrolia was created, nurtured, and sustained by hardworking visionaries, shopkeepers, builders, drillers, laborers, and leaders.

Architectural Photos, Petrolia, Ontario

416 Warren Avenue – Italianate, hipped roof, cornice brackets, bric-a-brac on verandah

Architectural Photos, Petrolia, Ontario

429 Ella Street – Lancey Hall built by Henry Warren Lancey – c. 1876 – Gothic Revival – verge board trim and finials on gables, iron cresting above bay window and enclosed front porch

Architectural Photos, Petrolia, Ontario

#430 – Italianate, hipped roof, corner quoins, iron cresting on roof (widow’s walk), paired cornice brackets

Architectural Photos, Petrolia, Ontario

4200 Petrolia Line – The original Grand Trunk Railway Station was built in 1903. Designated heritage building now the Robert M. Nichol Library; turrets on each end, center tower

Architectural Photos, Petrolia, Ontario

Petrolia Line – Romanesque, three-storey turret, decorative iron railing on second floor balcony

Architectural Photos, Petrolia, Ontario

Queen Street – heritage building – Second Empire style, mansard roof, window hoods, iron cresting, cornice brackets, pillared entrance, bay windows

Architectural Photos, Petrolia, Ontario

4142 Queen Street – manse for St. Philip’s Church – Italianate, hipped roof, dormers, pillared entrance with Ionic capitals, dentil molding, sidelights and transom window