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Nepean Point, Ottawa

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Nepean Point is a hill with scenic lookout in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, overlooking the Ottawa River, Parliament, the Canadian Museum of History, and other features of downtown Ottawa and Gatineau. It is located between the National Gallery of Canada and Alexandra Bridge.


At the peak of the hill is a statue of French explorer Samuel de Champlain holding his famous astrolabe upside-down. It was made by sculptor Hamilton MacCarthy in 1915.
Previously, the statue also featured a kneeling First Nations (Anishinabe) scout, added in 1918 to "signify how the native people helped Champlain navigate through the waters of the Ottawa River", but this has been relocated to nearby Major's Hill Park.
The small amphitheatre on the point is known as "Astrolabe Theatre", presumably a reference to Champlain.
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  • I was directed to Napean Point by the people working in the tourist information centre across the street from the Parliament buildings. I was quite disappointed to see that the front of the...  more »
  • Nepean Point is a little hill in behind the National Arts Gallery. It’s got a huge statute of Samuel Champlain but the real attraction is the view of the Ottawa River. You also get to see some of the....  more »
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  • Beautiful place, beautiful atmosphere, a very nice place for a walk with mates or family. The bridge, the Parliament and the view point all are in a walkable distance and they are also few museums around.! You can spend some quality time with others. Worth visiting.
  • so many good scenic views. best spot to capture Parliament backside with Nature and best spot for sunset as well.
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