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Chapter 13: Mining and Oil Extraction

13.10: Quarry at Garson

“The distinctive mottled pattern of the fossil-bearing Tyndall stone, an Ordovician dolomitic limestone, makes it Manitoba’s best known building stone…the name ‘Tyndall stone’ is derived from the name of the railway shipping point, approximately 3 km east of Garson, from which the quarried material was originally shipped.”[i] Shown on the photo is the small community of Garson 1 with PTH 44 2 bypassing it to the north; note that there is no sign of a railway line. The quarries 3 are located east of the community; the large grey building 4 is a shed in which the stone is prepared for market. Piles of stone are located around the building. “The Tyndall stone deposit lies in layers or beds, with the top layer located eight to fourteen feet below the ground level;”[ii] hence, the quarries are shallow with no very obvious backwall. Disused quarries, north of the existing quarry, are filled with water 5.

“Tyndall stone was first used in the construction of Lower Fort Garry in 1832”, later it was used in “St. Andrews Anglican Church, the oldest active stone church in western Canada, built in 1845.”[iii] It has also been used in many other prominent government, commercial and educational buildings including the Manitoba Provincial Legislative Building, the Art Gallery, the City Hall, and the Convention Centre in Winnipeg; the Parliament Building in Ottawa; the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Hull, Quebec; and the Empress Hotel in Victoria.

In addition to the quarry other things to note are that:

1)     roads run north/south 6 and east/west 7 in Garson harmonizing with the DLS system, and

2)     the large grey building in the north is probably an arena 8.

Figure 13.10: Quarry at Garson

Figure 13.10:  Quarry at Garson


Figure 13.10

Vertical colour air photo by Prairie Agri Photo

Flight height:    lens focal length:

Scale: 1:8,500 (approx.)

Date: 2000

Location: Township 13; Range 6 E

Map sheets: 1:250,000 62I Selkirk

                    1:50,000 62I/2 Selkirk



[i] Young, H. R. op. cit. 1996, 244-245; for a photograph of Tyndall stone see figure 16.11a.

[ii] Gillis Quarries Ltd. Company Information

[iii] Gillis Quarries Ltd. op. cit.