As you probably have heard by now, Toronto is in the midst of a major construction project in the city’s waterfront. The Port Lands Project is the $1.25 billion endeavour to revitalize the Port Lands and create flood protection infrastructure for the city. The project includes the creation of a brand new river, multiple new bridges, and an overall makeover of the area.

As part of the Port Lands Project, city workers have been digging up the area. Along the way, they’ve come across some seriously insane artifacts telling us a little bit more about Torontos history. Given they’re in the process of excavating 1.4 million cubic metres of soil, it’s no surprise they’ve come across some crazy interesting stuff has been unearthed.

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For starters, a ton of household items from the early 1900s have begun to see the light of day. Pictured below, you’ll see an insane image of a 1900 Chiclet Spoon – used as an advertising gimmick in the early 1900s to introduce a new peppermint flavour of Chiclet Gum.

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Photo of a Chiclet Spoon from the early 1900s via

Excavators have also dug up multiple shoes, suspected again to be from the early 1900s. Mostly they’ve been finding solo shoes, but a few pairs have been uncovered!

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Photo of shoes likely from the early 1900s via

Take a look at this early 1900s toothbrush! Technology sure has come a long way since these ancient brushes were the norm!

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Photo of an early 1900s toothbrush via

Of course, it’s not just personal items that are being discovered. Folks at the Port Lands have also dug up tons of interesting artifacts that pertain to Toronto’s history as a hole.

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Photo of bottles and ceramic jars by Vid Ingelevics and Ryan Walker via
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Photo of jars by Vid Ingelevics and Ryan Walker via

For the most part, bottles and ceramic jars have been uncovered. In fact, one dug up jar even holds 100-year-old pickles! You can find that pictured above with a notebook next to it for scale.

Perhaps most interesting of all is this shockingly well-preserved clipping of a newspaper from the early 1900s. If you zoom right in, you can even read some of the headlines folks were following at the time. It’s like looking into a time machine, people!

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Photo of a newspaper from the early 1900s by Vid Ingelevics and Ryan Walker via

Every day, more and more wild artifacts are being uncovered at the site. To follow along and see more high-definition photos from the location, you can check out the official Waterfront Toronto website.

It really makes ya wonder what crazy artifacts will dug up during a construction project in Toronto 100 years from now!