Photo: Contrasting colors of stone, Parliament Hill gatepost.
Starting on Parliament Hill with the Centennial Flame, Centre and East blocks, and the statue of Laurier, we will walk to the Rideau Canal bridge and then the National War Memorial. Next we will walk down Elgin St. examining the Langevin Building, Post Office, J.M. Flaherty Building, Lord Elgin Hotel, Place Bell Canada, and then cross Elgin St. to the Ottawa Courthouse and, finally, 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 they 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 Geoheritage Committee, which strives to raise public awareness of the natural heritage in the Capital Region. In 2009, Quentin published a book on Ottawa's building and monument stones. He is also a sessional lecturer in geology and environmental sciences at both Carleton and Univ of Ottawa.