Charlottetown Boulder Park

Charlottetown Boulder Park is an outdoor boulder park located in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. The park is located on the northern side of the Honourable George Coles Building, adjacent to Province House.[1]

Charlottetown Boulder Park
TypeBoulder Park
LocationCharlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Coordinates46.2355°N 63.12587°W / 46.2355; -63.12587
Opened1966
FounderDr. Eric Harvie
Operated byConfederation Centre of the Arts
OpenAll year

History

The park was the idea of Dr. Eric Harvie, chairman of the Fathers of Confederation Memorial Citizens Foundation, and includes boulders from each of the Canadian provinces; each boulder includes a plaque that identifies the provinces from which the boulder came, along with the geological name of the rock formation. Harvie intended the park to commemorate the contribution of people from across Canada to the creation of the Confederation Centre of the Arts.[2][3]

Opening

The park opened in a ceremony on September 1, 1966, the 102nd anniversary of the start of the Charlottetown Conference.[2][3] The landscaping for the park was funded by the Bank of Nova Scotia; Graham Scott, manager of the Charlottetown branch, and Dr. Frank MacKinnon, Chair of the Fathers of Confederation Memorial Trust, cut the ribbon.[3]

Boulders

ProvinceBoulder TypePhotoPlaqueLocation
AlbertaDevonian Dolomite46.235768°N 63.12575°W / 46.235768; -63.12575
British ColumbiaQuartz Diorite46.235814°N 63.125654°W / 46.235814; -63.125654
ManitobaTyndall Limestone46.235511°N 63.126098°W / 46.235511; -63.126098
New BrunswickLimestone Containing Archaeozoon acadiense46.2354°N 63.125661°W / 46.2354; -63.125661
NewfoundlandLower Ordovician Limestone46.235426°N 63.126028°W / 46.235426; -63.126028
Nova ScotiaNorth Mountain Basalt46.235686°N 63.12572°W / 46.235686; -63.12572
OntarioBiotite Hornblende Gneiss46.235606°N 63.125415°W / 46.235606; -63.125415
Prince Edward IslandSandstone46.235583°N 63.12599°W / 46.235583; -63.12599
QuebecAnorthosite46.235556°N 63.125732°W / 46.235556; -63.125732
SaskatchewanGranite46.235337°N 63.125816°W / 46.235337; -63.125816
CanadaJasper Conglomerate46.235469°N 63.125855°W / 46.235469; -63.125855

Map of boulder locations

Boulders are sited over 1,000 square metres (0.25 acres) site between Church Street and Province House, just south of Grafton Street.

Map showing location of boulders in Charlottetown Boulder Park
1
Alberta
2
British Columbia
3
Manitoba
4
New Brunswick
5
Newfoundland
6
Nova Scotia
7
Ontario
8
Prince Edward Island
9
Quebec
10
Saskatchewan
11
Canada

References

  1. Macdougall, Gary (6 September 2014). "Rocks that Rock". The Guardian (Charlottetown). p. 13.
  2. Bond, Anne (2 September 1966). "Boulder Park And Flagpoles Dedicated At Plaza Ceremony". The Guardian (Charlottetown). pp. 1, 3.
  3. Bond, Anne (2 September 1966). "Dedication ceremony held on Centre plaza". The Evening Patriot (Charlottetown). p. 2.
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