Alberta's oil sands developments are a virtually endless source of new adventures. Here are some of the activities you and your family will enjoy on your Alberta vacation.
Alberta's oil production plants divert 92 billion gallons of fresh water from Alberta rivers each year. That's almost twice the amount used in a year by the entire city of Austin, Texas! Come catch the perfect wave, Alberta style.
The leftover, now highly toxic water, is stored in man-made lakes called "tailing ponds." These ponds are so dangerous that oil companies use cannons and scarecrows to keep ducks and birds from dying on the oil-slicked surface. When catching the strong winds on these ponds, be sure not to capsize!
A Man-Made Wonder of the World
You've seen pictures of the Great Wall of China, the Colosseum, the Taj Mahal, and Machu Pichu? Now see the newest wonder of the world for yourself. As large as 12,000 football fields and clearly visible from space, the oil sands toxic tailing ponds of Alberta are one of the largest man-made structures in the world. With the only industry planning to quadruple production, this wonder is only getting larger. Come celebrate this wondrous achievement!
Fun in the Sun
It's only getting hotter as Alberta leads the way in greenhouse gas emissions. Production of a barrel of oil from the Alberta oil sands produces 3 times more greenhouse gas than production of a barrel of conventional oil. Last year, Alberta pumped more greenhouse gas into the air than Canada's three most populous provinces combined!
Fun on the Beach
With 8.6 million acres of Alberta's boreal forest leased for deep oil sands development, black sand beaches are quickly replacing thick forest cover. Where Caribou once roamed, the haze enhanced northern Alberta sun provides for unparalleled tanning opportunities. Eventually, development could span 150,000 square kilometers, an area the size of Florida.
Deep Earth Spelunking
Some of the largest machines in the world remove as much as 4 tons of rock and soil to make one barrel of oil. With one million barrels of oil produced a day, you can only imagine the deep earth spelunking opportunities.
Visit the "Oil Sands Discovery Centre"
En route to the oil sands, be sure to visit the Oil Sands Discovery Centre in Fort McMurray, Alberta. No seriously, it's for real.