This rock rocks! You can find this supersized stone in front of the University of Winnipeg. For the past forty-five years, students have teamed up and competed to see which squad could race up the 3.05-metre rock the fastest. The record for what is known as the Duckworth Great Rock Climb was set in 1979, at 9.4 seconds.
The boulder was placed at the site in 1971 to mark the centennial of Manitoba College, the precursor to the Univer- sity of Winnipeg. The thirteen-tonne stone monument was removed from a gravel pit in Gull Lake, at what was once the shore of glacial Lake Agassiz, a body of water that covered much of Manitoba after the last ice age.
This rock is big, but, compared with the Okotoks Erratic outside of Calgary, it’s just a pebble. That 16,500-tonne giant inspired the name of Alberta’s Big Rock Brewery.
A crowd gathers in 1975 to cheer on participants in the University of Winnipeg’s Duckworth Great Rock Climb.