Guide:
Name: Quentin Gall--cancelled
When
Date: May 06, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM
Duration: 2.0 hr
Language: English
Where
Start: Centennial Flame, on

..........................Parliament Hill

End: Ottawa City Hall
Area: Centretown/Parliament Hill
Distance: 3.0 km
Accessibility:
This walk will be along sidewalks and paved areas in the downtown core of Ottawa.

CANCELLED---Ottawa's Building and Monument Stones



Description

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Photo: A variety of stone was used in the construction of this gatepost in the wall around Parliament Hill.

 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.


Route

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.


About

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.