Suck it, you Kanuckistan haters!!!
Who knew? Oil Springs, Ont., struck first oil
THE CANADIAN PRESS
A tiny pocket of southwestern Ontario will be bubbling with pride this
weekend as residents celebrate a claim to fame that fuelled a
The village of Oil Springs, southeast of Sarnia, is the site of North
America's first commercial oil well dug by hand roughly 150 years ago
The discovery touched off the modern petroleum age, a full year before
American Edwin Drake began drilling in Pennsylvania.
This weekend, people living throughout the Oil Heritage District of
Lambton County will converge on the village to both commemorate and
reflect on the anniversary.
A parade will march to the Oil Museum of Canada, where festivities will
include a play depicting the history of the oil industry, declarations
by local MPs and the Oil Baron's Ball.
Local historians say they hope the bash will help raise the area's
profile and boost its bid to be designated a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Well, that's all very impressive, however, if this is a point of
national pride, perhaps they should check a map because Oil Springs is
in southEASTERN, Ontario. I'd hate for all of that celebratory
Labatts and back bacon to go to waste because people were driving
aimlessly around the wrong part of the Province! :-)
You do realize that was a rhetorical question? Thunderstinkin Bay is
no more in Northern Ontario than Anchorage is Northern Alaska. There's
a WHOLE lot more of both WAY north of both. Even Hearst isn't really
By the way, someone mentioned Cornwall. Reminds me of an old story we
used to tell about Jacksonville, FL, when I was living there. It goes:
some guys in Tampa were talking around the water cooler at work one
day. One of their co-workers, who hadn't been around for a few days
walked up. "Bob, where the hell you been?"
"Well, remember the attitude adjustment session at the tavern last
"Yeah, you looked like you were cutting one out of the herd, there."
"Yup. Did real good, too. We left the bar, went dancing a little, had
a late dinner, a little vino. Started a little neck nibbling. After a
while, we got a little more intense in the back of a taxi and she
started really getting excited."
"She came up for air at one point and said, 'kiss me where it smells'
so I took her to Jacksonville. I just got back."
Thunder bay is not on the west side. it's on lake superior. if you go
west to manitoba an head south you'll hit minnesota, lake of the woods.
it's about 250 mi from thunder bay to the manitoba border with kenora in
betwixed. watch out for moose.
Interesting! Let's put a north-south line running right through the
middle of Ontario. Good old Lambton county sure seems to be east of
that line. Perhaps Oil Springs is in the southwestern part of the
southeastern part of Ontario?
Noooo, you big silly, put that Molson down..and pay attention:
Oil Springs is in the Western part of Southern Ontario.
Han knows how that kinda thing works, North Brabant, is in the
Southern part of The Netherlands.
South Dakota is in the Northern US?
You may now continue drinking that Molson....stuff...'cuz beer it
Noooooooooooooooo, because if you go as far West as you can in
Ontario, then you hit the Manitoba border. THEN, if you go South..you
end up near Thunderinglardjesus Bay.
However...if you go South first...and then West, you end up in
Windsor, which is about an hour away from Oil Springs and a helluvalot
closer than Thunderingfarking Bay!
Now, Cornwall.. THAT is Eastern Ontario, boy is it ever...
Hey Rob, good buddy, this is getting silly, as a fellow resident of Southern
Ontario, and as Bob knows we all know each other, Oil Springs is definitely
in the South Western part of Southern Ontario aka Southern Ontario, for
the less anal.
Well, if I look at a map of Ontario on yahoo, it looks sort of like the
"boot" of Italy, only a lot more sqat. Oil Springs is then near the
Western tip of the most Southern part, which leans heavily Eastwards,
like Calabria in Italy is the westernmost part of southern Italy, but it
it is East of the center of Italy.
I can only conclude that Canadians have some sort of trouble with
geography, unless, like in Europe, boundaries/borders/regions have
changed for infernal reasons of marriage and/or war.
The 49th parallel is the main devider between Canada and the USA,
except for the great lakes and St Lawrence Seaway. And a VERY siseable
proportion of Canadians live "south of the 49th"
Ontario is rouchly devided between eastern ontario(that part roughly
east of Hogtown and south of Quebec), Central Ontario,(that part
rougly south of Barrie and west of Toronto's eastern edge),
sothwestern ontario (the area roughly south of toronto),the "near
north", extending from the top of Georgean bay to the corner of
Quebec,(or roughly the 49th) and the "north", which is about 75%+ of
All of the western part of canada is in the "NORTH" by that standard,
as is most of Quebec and Newfoundland
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