Roadside attractions: The derrick that made Alberta rich
One spewing geyser of oil at Leduc, Alta., on Feb. 13, 1947, transformed the province's economy. Until the oil strike Alberta struggled as a have-not province. Leduc "blowing in" was famous and rare because Albertans had never imagined large oil reserves existed beneath the wheat. But ownership of the resource challenged by the national energy program became a political battle: East versus West, Trudeau versus Lougheed. Today, the Leduc legacy lives on with Alberta paying off its debt in 2000 and countless barrels of crude yet to be extracted.
A giant hockey stick. A big nickel. An historic covered bridge. A history-changing oil well. People pass by these attractions all the time on their travels throughout Canada. Sometimes, tourists trek for days to just to catch a glimpse. Some attractions are monumental, others merely quirky. They are all the stuff of local legend. CBC Digital Archives goes province to province to admire the big things in our big country.
• The well was shut down in 1974 after having produced some 50,300 cubic metres (320,000 barrels) of oil and 9 million cubic metres (320 million cubic feet) of natural gas. Other prominent Alberta roadside attractions include:
• Cowboy in Airdrie
• World's Largest Mallard Duck in Andrew
• World's Largest Beaver in Beaverlodge
• Angus Shaw - Fur Trader in Bonnyville
• Antique Underground Coal Train in Canmore
• World's Largest Chuckwagon in Dewberry
• World's Largest Western Boot in Edmonton
• Buffalo in Fort McMurray
• Mozzy the Mosquito in Rainbow Lake
• Starship Enterprise in Vulcan
Program: CBC News at Six
Broadcast Date: Aug. 4, 2006
Guest(s): Dan Claypool
Reporter: Jim MacQuarrie
Last updated: October 9, 2013
Page consulted on December 17, 2014
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