We all know that Western Canada is home to one of the most plentiful oil deposits in the world, and the 100th anniversary of the beginning of production of the Dingman No. 1 well near Turner Valley has reminded us of the long history of the energy industry.

We thought it would be interesting to document the progression of well development in British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan over the last 114 years to see how – and when – the cycle of exploration went up and down.

The following video displays a timeline of wells drilled in the three provinces based on the licence dates recorded by the BC Oil and Gas Commission, the Alberta Energy Regulator and Saskatchewan Energy.

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