Starting at the Centennial Flame, we'll discuss the construction of the Centre and East Blocks of the Parliament buildings and the type and origin of the stone used. Walking to the Rideau Canal will take us past the Fairmont Chateau Laurier to the National War Memorial. From there, we will walk south past the Langevin Building, Post Office, J.M. Flaherty Building, the Lord Elgin Hotel, and Place Bell Canada. Then we'll cross Elgin St. to the Ottawa Courthouse and, finally, Ottawa City Hall.
Participants will hear something about the history of these buildings and monuments, but mostly about the wide variety of rock from which they were constructed and the local, provincial, and foreign localities from whence the stones were quarried.
From Parliament Hill, we'll walk across to Confederation Square, then south on Elgin St. to the Ottawa Courthouse and finally to Ottawa City Hall.
Quentin is a member of the Ottawa-Gatineau Geo-heritage Committee, which strives to raise public awareness of the natural heritage in the National Capital Region. He is a Geological Consultant as well as a sessional lecturer in geology and environmental sciences at both Carleton University and the University of Ottawa.
In 2009, Quentin published a book on this topic entitled A Walking Guide: Ottawa's Building and Monument Stones.