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Canadian Petroleum Heritage
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1908 Imperial Oil rural service station.The history of Canada’s petroleum industry is dynamic, with massive development in the 20th century. The current expansion of all facets of the industry has placed Canada as the third-largest producer of natural gas and the ninth-largest producer of crude oil in the world. The status of the petroleum industry in each province can be traced back to the history of the building of the railroad. The featured article deals with the emergence of industry in Canada and the Canadian Pacific Railway’s land grants leading to the development of the petroleum industry. The article also gives an introduction to the major sites that shaped the history of the industry in Canada.

Outline of History of the Canadian Pacific Railway's Land Grants


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