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Nepean Point, Ottawa

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Nepean Point is a hill 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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  • Great lookout point. It’s quite a hike up a sort of steel hill, so be ready for that. Some art pieces nearby also.  more »
  • Nepean Point offers an amazing view of the entire Parliament and some other city landmarks. So if you are Instagram obsessed, then you should be heading there!  more »
  • Walk on this Hill flanked at the top of a monument to Samuel de Champlain, Explorer of the Ottawa River. A park adjecent, offering views of the Museum of fine arts in the Canada, to stretch our legs especially by the beautiful days of summer.
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