pembina oil field

With the recent discovery of amazing film documentation of the development of the Pembina Oil Field by amateur filmmaker Robert Walin, we have reached out to the people who were there to tell the stories of this pivotal part of Alberta's oil industry history.

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What was work life like in the patch in the early days for tool pushers and rig hands?


Unlike today, families often lived on the leaseholds throughout the year. What was their experience?


The oil industry created huge changes in rural life, expanding towns and creating new towns (Rocky Mountain House pictured).