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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 upsidedown. 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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  • Very beautiful monument. I advise to look beautiful and believable looks. Unusually, you can spend time.
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  • Super views over the river and the city in particular, the Parliament Hill. Here Mike is worth in any case.
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  • It is a place from where you can get great views of Downtown, Parliament Hill and Gatineau/Hull. Amazing photo opportunities especially at sunset. At the peak of the hill is a statue of French explore...  more »
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  • One of the best spots to enjoy panoramic views of Ottawa's Parliament Hill, Alexandra Bridge, and Gatineau in Quebec. Best time to go is in the early to mid-morning, when the sun illuminates the entire area nicely. Went there at 8:00 am and was the only one around. Update (7-2016): Went there for sunset as well and was not disappointed. Lots more people this time.
  • Great place to go, amazing views, get there before they tear everything out.
  • If you're new to the city or have lived here your whole life you have to visit this spot. Not just because of the spectacular views of the river and cityscape but for the historical perspective of this beautiful city. You have Samuel de Champlain standing on the peak of the point holding his astrolabe. One of the first European explorers to come up the Ottawa river. Seeing the Chaudierre Falls up the river or the entrance to the founding of Bytown at the first lock of the Rideau canal. You can take it all in from here.
  • Beautiful look-out and well maintained. Look in any direction to capture the true essence of the Ottawa Valley.
  • Beautiful park with spectacular views of both sides of the Ottawa river. Get there at sunrise or sunset for amazing pictures.