Craigleith Shale Oil Works 1859, The - Ontario Heritage Trust


Craigleith Shale Oil Works 1859, The

The distillation of bituminous shales to obtain crude oil was an early attempt to meet the growing demand for oil. William Pollard's shale works at Craigleith, the only such enterprise in Ontario, operated for four years until the discovery of more accessible oil at Petrolia and Oil Springs rendered the cumbersome shale process obsolete.


Near the site of the former oil works, at the east end of Craigleith Provincial Park, Highway 26

Region: Southwestern Ontario

County/District: County of Grey

Municipality: Craigleith Provincial Park