February 13, 1947, was an
historic day for Alberta. It was on this day that Alberta struck oil. The effects
from that one oil strike would bring people from all over Canada to work on
Leduc #1 and change the economic, political and social climate of Alberta.
the Leduc discovery, oil and gas development was not the major industry it is
today. In fact, Alberta was a province focused more on agriculture than anything
else. Some oil had been found at Turner
Valley, but nothing big enough to
initiate an oil boom in the province like the discovery at Leduc would in 1947.
Leduc had a
tremendous effect on Alberta, and the spin-off effects of the Leduc oil strike
can still be seen today. Oil exploration and development continues to be a major
industry in Alberta and has created thousands of jobs across the province.