Earlier this week, a billion-year-old granite boulder was dug up on a construction site on Bloor Street at Major and has been the object of much fascination since. To see the 2,000 kg billion-year-old rock, Toronto residents can soon head to a parkette at Howland and Bloor, says the Bloor Annex BIA. The boulder was initially found when construction workers were replacing a 142-year-old water main on Bloor.
Great news! Our granite boulder will be incorporated into one of our new parkettes, at Howland & Bloor (pictured he… https://t.co/4u38Qr9Z8d— Bloor Annex BIA (@Bloor Annex BIA) 1564095913.0
Theories have been circulating on how it even arrived there in the first place and went unnoticed until now. University of Toronto expert Earth Sciences Professor Joseph Desloges tells the Bloor Annex BIA that the boulder came from the Canadian Shield and arrived in Toronto via an iceberg from the Georgian Bay anywhere from around 12,000 to 15,000 years ago. This was while the area was still Lake Iroquois, a much larger version of the Lake Ontario that we know today. That same area is now the Annex neighbourhood we all know so well. Or at least, we thought we knew it well. Who would've ever guessed that such archaeological history was still intact in the inner city of Toronto? Makes you wonder what other gems are yet to be discovered in due time.
We would also like to thank @UofTEarthSci professor of geography Joseph Desloges for taking a look at our unique fi… https://t.co/5zqi3OkMoB— Bloor Annex BIA (@Bloor Annex BIA) 1564096267.0
The boulder will be a beautiful historical addition to the planned parkette that will showcase this ancient relic of a rock.
The granite rock was the perfect find for the parkette, which was set to have benches carved out of granite before the boulder was even discovered, reports CBC.
@DTAHtoronto @m_layton "The vision for the parkettes are small cottage oases-with granite, wild flowers, wood decki… https://t.co/6BsbEAzsh7— Bloor Annex BIA (@Bloor Annex BIA) 1564096204.0
A serendipitous find for an already beautiful sounding project.