In 1866, Petrolia separated from the Township of Enniskillen and incorporated as a town on Christmas Day of that year. The local economy received a boost from the discovery of oil and further oil booms followed in 1898 and 1938. The wealth created at that time in what is now known as Canada’s Victorian Oil Town is still evident in the homes, buildings, and parks.
While oil still plays a part, Petrolia’s scenic Victorian downtown is a fitting backdrop for its many activities in arts and culture. The Victoria Playhouse is host to seasonal live theatre productions. The building also hosts an art gallery and the municipal offices.
Petrolia offers both elementary and secondary schools, with Lambton College in nearby Sarnia. With an attractive and affordable lifestyle Petrolia’s population is growing – a testament to the town’s livability.