The Community

The History

Petrolia is nestled in the heart of Southwestern Ontario’s Lambton County and framed by Lake Huron and the St. Clair River. Known as The Greatest Town on Earth, Petrolia’s unique and rich history as the cradle of the global oil industry is reflected in its countless lush green parks, grand church spires, colorful gardens and beautiful neighbourhoods.

The town’s commitment to the preservation of its history supports a quality of life that energizes its residents and inspires its visitors. From its full-service hospital to its outstanding community and wellness centre; from its unique and vibrant businesses to its elegantly restored Victoria Playhouse; from its excellent schools to its many service clubs and volunteer organizations, Petrolia honours its success and takes pride in its fiercely independent community spirit.

The Amenities

The Wellness Centre

The Wellness Centre has a wide variety of state of the art equipment that is accessible to people from all walks of life, in any shape or condition. The Wellness Staff can design a program that will help you achieve your goals and improve every aspect of your life. Whether it’s a program change, a group fitness class concern, personal training options or wellness assessments they are here to help.

The Victoria Playhouse

The Victoria Playhouse is a gem of a theatre located in the Victoria Hall in Petrolia. The Playhouse, just like the legendary Phoenix, has literally risen from its own ashes after the devastating fire of January 1989. Situated in Ontario’s first oil town and after having provided a venue for theatre productions for over 100 years, Victoria Playhouse is now a modern, fully equipped, state of the art, 425 seats, air conditioned facility.

Oil Museum of Canada

The Oil Museum of Canada, in the Village of Oil Springs, preserves the site of the first commercial oil well in North America. This oil heritage district also developed the Canada’s first gusher and the world’s first oil exchange. While visiting the museum guests can explore a replica of the first oil well dug by James Miller Williams in 1858, or they can view original oil wells adjacent to the museum which continue to produce oil to this day, on one of the oldest oilfields in the world. Visitors will experience the eventful life and times of Canada’s oil pioneers and the birth of the oil industry in North America.


Central Lambton has amazing schools with dedicated teachers, staff and parents. Our high school in Petrolia has over 800 students. It is small enough to be a community and large enough to include a state of the art technology wing, a new music room and air conditioned library and computer labs. Extra-curricular opportunities abound. They include extensive athletic teams, diverse musical ensembles, clubs for all interests and drama and theatre productions.

Petrolia has 3 elementary schools, one of which is a stand-alone French Immersion Programme from JK through Grade 8. This bi-lingual opportunity is continued through Grade 12 in the high school. All schools have excellent facilities.


Most of our shops are set amid the Victorian structures on our main street. The Nicol Library, which is very popular and well used, was once a Victorian train station. In May 2010, we welcomed a brand new Farmers’ Market for fresh fruit and vegetables, meat and poultry, and homemade delights such as preservatives and pies. And when everyone is well-dressed, well-read, and healthy they can head over to The Centre for a workout!

Enjoy a variety of shopping, including:

  • modern clothing stores for men, women and children
  • fine dining – there are tea rooms, coffee shops and family style restaurants
  • unique gift stores that offer the exotic and unusual
  • a grocery store that will appeal to gourmets and foodies
  • hardware stores for the D.I.Y.ers
  • full service gas stations

Real Estate

The real estate market in Petrolia remains very stable even when the economy takes a tumble and that is a result of the even flow of buyers and sellers. We have an excellent choice of homes in Petrolia and a variety of locations. Some examples are luxury homes on estate size lots backing on Heritage Heights Golf Course. These homes vary in price from the mid $250,000s to well over $500,000. Some are as large as 4000 sq. ft. and come with all the bells and whistles. Similar homes in nearby cities run as much as 35% more in price. In Petrolia and the immediate area, homes are well priced for the quality and size of the homes. We have a number of builders and subdivisions as well as many heritage Victorian homes with an abundance of character. Petrolia is a great place to live and work. There are lots of parks, sport fields, recreational facilities, indoor pool, fitness centre, arena, live theatre, 18 hole golf course, and winter sports. An investment in a home in Petrolia has always been a good decision.

Central Lambton Health Team participates with Kraft Hockey for Petrolia Arena.

The Town of Petrolia was a sea of black, white and green and covered in hockey jerseys, memorabilia and equipment as Petrolia Minor Hockey and the entire Town of Petrolia participated in the annual “KRAFT Hockeyville” campaign to be crowned as the coveted 2016 Hockeyville champion. Community Spirit and Community Pride was the focus and Petrolia did not disappoint in that regard. The Central-Lambton Family Health Team clearly showed their community spirit and support as they hosted a jersey day along with decorating their windows and offices, as well. The team took time from their busy schedules to pose for pictures in support of the Hockeyville bid. On behalf on Petrolia Minor Hockey and the Town of Petrolia thank you for support and all that you do to make Petrolia “The Greatest Town on Earth!”