We are prominently located at:
4230 Petrolia Line
Canada, N0N 1R0
Regular Store Hours:
Tuesday - Friday 10:00am - 5:30pm
Saturday 10:00am - 5:00pm
Call Us: 1-800-560-3783
Customers from all over Ontario Canada travel to visit our store. Our customers come from Toronto, Ottawa, Mississauga, Brampton, Hamilton, London, Markham, Vaughan, Kitchner, Windsor and the Sarnia / Lambton area. But that's because there is more to the Petrolia and Sarnia area than just Grandis.
Petrolia, known as Canada's Victorian Oil Town, is framed by Lake Huron and the St. Clair River and was the cradle for the global oil industry. Oil was first discovered in 1858 by James Miller William who struck an oil deposit in Oil Springs while digging a shallow well, sparking the oil drilling industry. Oil men from Petrolia, often referred to as "Hard Oilers", travelled to the far reaches of the world teaching others how to find and extract crude oil. They traveled to as many as 80 countries including Gobi Desert, Arctic, Iran, Indonesia, USA, Australia, and Russia. In 2008, the 150th anniversary of the discovery, Canada Post issued a stamp commemorating this first commercial oil well. Today, Petrolia is a welcoming town with a rich history and friendly people.
Places to visit in Petrolia:
Victoria Hall: Designated a National Historic Site of Canada, the victoria hall today houses the Victoria Playhouse and the town hall. When built in 1889 the building housed the opera house, fire hall, municipal office, police hall, and even the town's jail. The building suffered extensive damage during a fire in 1989 but was masterfully restored and reopened in 1992, this time without the jail. Victoria Hall is located at located at 411 Greenfield St., Petrolia, Ontario.
Victoria Playhouse Petrolia: Offering all-season entertainment of the highest quality and variety, the Victoria Playhouse Petrolia is a professional theatre company that makes its home in the historic Victoria Hall. Boasting a summer season of Starbright Festival productions, an exciting winter concert series, and a series of youth programs, the Victoria Playhouse is a must see. The Playhouse is located at 411 Greenfield St., Petrolia, Ontario.
Petrolia Discovery Museum: Walk in the footsteps and discover what it was like for early pioneers of Canada’s Black Gold Heritage. Experience the early days of the world’s oil boom from hand-dug wells of the 1850’s, to machine shops, to the great refineries of Petrolia’s Oil Heritage. This place is truly fascinating!
Victoria Park: Located in the center of historic Petrolia, this beautiful park houses the cenotaph paying tribute to the Canadian war veterans. Originally purchased by J.H. Fairbank, the park was once used as the town’s market. Now with a band shell that showcases local talent, the shady park is surrounded by Petrolia’s most historic building such as the Victoria Playhouse, the Petrolia Library and the Old Post Office.
The Old Post Office: A landmark in Petrolia’s downtown, this historic building is a jewel in Petrolia’s main street. When it was announced as a post office in 1891, it was dubbed “a post office worthy of the town and its acknowledged wealth.
The Petrolia Library: The Petrolia Library was built in 1903 in the Queen Anne Style by the Grand Trunk Railway. The railway was originally built as route from Wyoming Ontario to bring oil to the mail railway line. The Petrolia Library building was used as a station until 1930 and was then converted into a library in 1937. Step back in time and view the preserved interior of this once booming important Petrolia train station.
The Oddfellows Hall: The new home of Grandis Jewellers, this building is a historic site and has been beautifully restored to showcase much of the original design work of the building.
The Orange Hall: Built in 1881, the Orange Hall was the site of a nitro-glycerin explosion that once shook the town of Petrolia. When it was restored by Reg and Maureen Grandis of Grandis Jewellers, these were evidence of charred timbers that were proof of the explosion. After a beautiful restoration to be the new home of Grandis Jewellers, this building was destroyed by a fire in 2004.
The Fairbank House: Located at the east end of Petrolia Line, this amazing mansion was built in 1890 and was the home of John Henry Fairbank, a major player in Petrolia’s oil production. Once known as “Sunnyside” this home was beautifully built and is a great example of Queen Anne architecture. The mansion features 22 rooms and an elegant third floor ballroom that was used to host elite galas from all over Ontario, the United States and beyond.
The Little Red Bank: Another historical site in Petrolia, the Little Red Bank was a private bank owned by John Fairbank. The bank opened in 1869 and continued to function as a bank until 1924. Much of the local Petrolia oil business was funded by this site and is acknowledged as one of the most successful and long running private banks in Canada.
The Covered Bridge: Stroll just down the hill past the old Fairbank house and find yourself at the entrance of the Petrolia Oil Discovery. On the left side you will find a small lake and creek that has an enchanting covered bridge. Petrolia local photographers love this site for a beautiful outdoor location. Petrolia’s rich heritage stands still in this blissful location. Be sure to take a few moments to check out this lovely site. This Petrolia site is perfect for wedding, engagements and family photos. Many people travel from all over Lambton County to have their snapshots taken in the beautiful scenic Petrolia location.
Petrolia Heritage sites: Throughout Petrolia, there are designated historical sites. Many private residences throughout Petrolia’s neighborhoods boast beautiful Victorian homes. All historically preserved sites in Petrolia are adorned with a plaque from the town of Petrolia designating local churches, private residences and commercial buildings.
Where to eat in Petrolia:
Crabby Joes: We start out with our neighbors and one of the most popular restaurants in Petrolia. Opened in 2010, Crabby Joe's in Petrolia is a great environment for families, couples and singles. With numerous televisions around the restaurant, you are sure to catch your favorite sports. So, when you stop by Petrolia visit Crabby Joe's for some of the best beer and ribs in Lambton County or as Crabby Joe would say "come enjoy my food....then pay your bill and go home… and don’t make a mess!"
Munro Honey & Meadery: If you are in the Lambton County area, you have to be sure to stop by Munro Honey & Meadery. Established in 1914, they are considered one of the largest producers, packers and exporters of honey and hive in Ontario. Their philosophy is simple, “produce and deliver a premium quality product at a fair price”. Be sure to ask them about their tours.
Coffee Lodge: A welcomed new addition to the town of Petrolia, the Coffee Lodge is a local favorite with 5 other locations in Sarnia Lambton. With specialty coffees and light wrap, soup, salad lunch menu, this relaxed coffee lodge provides free wi fi and a uniquely Canadian décor. With a fully licensed bar, the coffee lodge will host local talents in the evening for chilled out entertainment.
Streets Eatery and Pub: A local Petrolia favorite, Streets provides a family restaurant and bar for visitors and locals alike. Don’t miss out on Randy’s famous panzerotti!
Actors: A menu based on famous Hollywood actors of the past, Actor’s restaurant is located across from the Petrolia Playhouse. Take in a show in Petrolia and stop by Actors for lunch or dinner.
Where to shop in Petrolia:
Petrolia Mercantile & Tea: One of our favorite stores, Petrolia Mercantile & Tea features gourmet tea and coffe, reproduction antiques, custom gift baskets, exquisite giftware and old fashioned candy. This place has an aroma that is unlike any other. With their vast selection, one could easily spend hours at that store!
Petrolia Farmers Market: Located behind the Petrolia library every Saturday during the summer months from 7:30am to Noon, the Petrolia farmers market hosts a myriad of fresh local fruits and vegetables, crafts and displays. A great way to experience Petrolia and Lambton County’s local produce and crafts.
Van Tuyl and Fairbank: Opened in 1865, Van Tuyl and Fairbank is one of the oldest hardware stores in Ontario. Originally used to provide tools and hardware for the oil industry, this business is an important part of Petrolia’s heritage. For anyone who is interested in historical restoration, or just want to check out an interesting industrial historical site, Van Tuyl and Fairbank provides a glimpse into Petrolia’s industrial past.
Petrolia Line: If you take a stroll down the main street, you can’t help but start to understand the wealth and historical significance of this once booming oil town. Petrolia was once home to many wealthy oil barons who invested heavily in the town. Petrolia’s founding vision is honored by the historical board who strives to preserve the important historical sites of this charming Victorian oil town.
Creekside Picture Framing Company: Located in the heart of the heritage district in Petrolia, this beautiful store specializes in custom framing has a number of prints and photos that you are sure to enjoy.
The Olde Post Office Shoppe: located inside Petrolia’s historical Old Post Office, this store features many types of souvenirs. The store features crafts made in Lambton County Development Services sheltered workshop. Treat yourself to an ice cream cone while you wander the streets of Petrolia.
Family Discount Store: Known locally as “The Tuesday Store” this Petrolia local favorite store is always a new experience. With a new shipment of an assortment of good at discount prices, this store is not to be missed on a trip to Petrolia – you never know what you are going to find!
Lilith Lingerie: Lilith is an elegant lingerie store that has been beautifully restored to be the Lambton County’s largest supply of fine lingerie, sleepwear and mastectomy wear. Lilith Lingerie’s professional staff is trained specifically for bra and mastectomy fittings and prides themselves on providing a quality environment for all types of fittings.
The Rooted Bohemian: Treat yourself to a day at the spa at this full service salon and spa. Located in the heart of Petrolia’s heritage district, this funky salon features great beauty products, spa and hair services and a friendly local staff. The salon is also an art gallery which displays local artists works of art.
Where to stay in Petrolia:
Tully's Bed and Breakfast: A stay in Petrolia is not the same without an overnight visit at Tully’s Bed and Breakfast. Located in Petrolia’s historic Crescent Park, this beautiful bed and breakfast is owned and operated by Petrolia locals Gord and Betty Tully. Operating as a B&B since 1992, Tully’s is a great place to stay in Petrolia.
Other Bed and Breakfasts include:
The Dew Drop Inn, Little Gem Bed and Breakfast, New Dawn Bed and Breakfast, Rosie's Bed and Breakfast and the Wander Inn.
Sarnia and Point Edward’s highlights:
Neighboring Petrolia, Sarnia and Point Edward are remarkable places to visit. With spectacular waterfront parks, marinas and beaches Sarnia and Point Edward are a must see. Both places offer big city amenities including casual dining, exquisite shopping, astonishing entertainment, museums and gaming, all without the traffic jams typically found in large cities. Don’t believe us? Take a stroll along the waterfront parks and see for yourself. Visit Centennial Park, located on the St. Clair River and stretches from downtown to Sarnia Bay and features stunning flower gardens, marinas, and an entertainment center. Canatara Park is another great option. Featuring over 200 acres of diverse trails, this breathtaking park is located on the shores of Lake Huron.
Where to stay in Sarnia & Point Edward:
Best Western Guildwood Inn: The hotel features a grand gym, a seasonal swimming pool, a restaurant, bar and lounge. They also offer a catering service that is worth ordering. Best Western Guildwood Inn is located at 1400 Venetian Blvd., Point Edward, Ontario.
Chipican Motel: A low price option location on the Canada/USA border, this motel is located right in downtown Sarnia. Most rooms feature fridge microwave, cable TV with remote control, heating and air conditioning, all in a room that is very comfortable. Book your room online or contact them via telephone. The Chipican Motel is located at 1144 Christina St. N., Sarnia, Ontario.
The Drawbridge Inn Suites: Often referred to as “Sarnia’s Landmark of Hospitality” this hotel is located across from the St. Clair River. This hotel has some of the friendliest hotel staff you can find. The hotel offers modern convenience with a century-old feel. It even features an 85 ft. indoor water slide. The Drawbridge Inn Suites is located at 283 North Christina St., Sarnia, Ontario.
The Harbourfront Inn: Ideally located along the water in the Sarnia Harbor and across from the Centennial Park, this place features 102 tastefully decorated rooms. A number of amenities are included for guests to enjoy with every visit. They even offer complimentary continental breakfast for most of their guests. The Harbourfront Inn is located at 505 Harbour Road., Sarnia, Ontario.
Lambton College Residence: This world-class educational facility’s residence features 150 residence rooms with full service amenities. Clean, secure, and comfortable, the residences make it easy for students to focus on their studies and expanding their minds. You are sure to find the education at Lambton College intriguing, attractive, engaging and will help you broaden your horizon. The Lambton College Residence is located at 1457 London Road., Sarnia, Ontario.
The Palace Inn Motel: Every room features high speed internet, movies, free local calls, fridge, microwave ovens and coffee makers. They have a great outdoor BBQ area. CCA members and seniors be sure to ask about their discount especially for you. The Palace Inn Motel is located at 1665 London Line., Sarnia, Ontario.
Where to eat in Sarnia & Point Edward:
Big Fish Steak & Lounge: Open 7 days a week, this restaurant specializes in casual dining. Their menu includes steak, seafood, salads, burgers and wraps. Open for lunch and dinner. The Big Fish Steak & Lounge is located at 1717 London Line, Sarnia, Ontario.
Boston Pizza: Known as “the best place in town to watch the game”, Boston pizza offers both dine in, delivery and take-out. Keep them in mind for your next party as they specialize in large groups and offer discounts for team pricing. Boston pizza is located at 1400 Exmouth St., Sarnia, Ontario.
Chipican Restaurant: Known for seafood, steaks, prime rib and all-you-can-eat salad bar. Enjoy the stunning view of Canatara Park and the convenience of its proximity to Hwy. 402, the casino and Blue Water Bridges. Chipican Restaurant is located at 1150 N. Christina St., Sarnia, Ontario.
Hana Japanese Restaurant: With a substantial menu of over 100 items, this all-you-can-eat Japanese restaurant offers remarkable sushi, an extensive wine bar, and a massive party room that can accommodate up to 160 guests. Hana Japanese Restaurant is located at 1381 London Road., Sarnia, Ontario.
Lekoz Tap & Grill: Their menu offers a large variety of wraps, paninis, salads, wings and nachos. Be sure to check out their Monday night Wing Night specials and Wednesday Night Martini nights. Lekoz Tap & Grill is located at 1440 Quinn Drive., Sarnia, Ontario.
Panda Gardens: With a large buffet that fits every taste Panda Gardens is great choice. They offer dine-in, take-out, and delivery. They even offer catering services for large groups or small groups. Panda Gardens is located at 1145 London Road., Sarnia, Ontario
Skeeter Barlow’s: With an astonishing view of Lake Huron you can sit on their Old Lakeshore Road patio and enjoy a menu that is suitable for anyone’s taste. Skeeter Barlow’s is located at 2713 Old Lakeshore Road., Bright’s Grove, Ontario.
Tang’s China House: In business for over 40 years, Tang’s China House offers fine family dining. With a large variety of Cantonese, Szechwan and Polynesian dining, their menu offers a vast selection with a great salad bar buffet.
Where to shop in Sarnia & Point Edward:
The Bicycle Shop: A full service bike shop offering a wide variety of brands like Trek, Kona and Specialized. With something for everyone, The Bicycle shop offers road bikes, mountain bikes, BMX, fixed gear and more. The Bicycle shop is located at 406 Fron St., Sarnia, Ontario.
Lambton Mall: Over 100 shops to choose from, Lambton Mall is only 5 minutes from the Bluewater Bridge. Lambton Mall is located at 1380 London Road., Sarnia, Ontario.
Places to visit in Sarnia & Point Edward:
Bluewater Fun Park: Many call it the ultimate family fun centre indoors & outdoors. Indoors the 4000 sq. ft. arena offers laster tag, as well as a rock climbing gym. Outdoor the park offers 2 water slides, 2 speed slides, bumper boats, and 10-hole mini golf course, beach volleyball and a leisure pool. The Bluwater Fun Park is located at 1886 London line., Sarnia, Ontario.
Duc D’Orleans II Cruise Ship: Charter your very own cruise ship for the day. Offering lunch cruises Monday – Saturday from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. this is a neat experience. Duc D’Orleans II Cruise ship sails from 430 Front Street., Centennial Park, Sarnia, Ontario.
Hiawatha Horse Park & Entertainment Centre: Dine in the climate controlled restaurant while watching horse races. Hiawatha Horse Park and Entertainment presents live harness racing every Thursday and Saturday from May to September. Hiawatha Horse Park and Entertainment is located at 1730 London line., Sarnia, Ontario.
OLG Casino Point Edward: With over 450 slot machines and 30 gaming tables this casino is set on the shores of the St. Clair River beneath the blue Water Bridge. Enjoy the view of the St. Clair River and Lake huron from the great Getaway Restaurant and patio. OLG Casino is located at 2000 Venetian Blvd., Point Edward, Ontario.
Parks Blueberry’s: Located in Bothwell Ontario, this beautiful blueberry farm is located outside of Petrolia’s neighbor of Oil Springs. Thousands of visitors and locals visit Parks Blueberries annually to pick fresh blueberries and shop at the gift shop. This is one of Lambton county’s favorite places to buy fresh blueberries. It’s a great place to stop on a daytrip to Lambton County.