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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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  • You would spent little time here, it overlooks the Ottawa River to Gatineau, Quebec. Good for pictures.  more »
  • Nice place to visit walking from the Rideau Canal or while visiting the National Gallery of Canada. The views are great.  more »
  • This is a nice place to visit. It give's you a great view of the Parliament, Ottawa and the core of Gatineau.  more »
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  • What a great spot to look over Parliament Hill! Must see when visiting Ottawa
  • 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.
  • Beautiful park with spectacular views of both sides of the Ottawa river. Get there at sunrise or sunset for amazing pictures.
  • There is an excellent view of the Ottawa River and the Alexandra Bridge. Several large sculptures are scattered around but the highlight is the statue of explorer Samuel de Champlain which sits at the top of the point.