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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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  • October 2, 2017
    One of the best views of Ottawa and the Parliament building, and 360 degrees across the whole city. There's a statue to Samuel de Champlain at the peak, and an amphitheatre (not accessible at the time...  more »
  • September 7, 2017
    A great vantage point for photos. But much of the hill is closed (the Astrolabe Theatre). The Point is completely closed in the winter because the NCC does not do snow removal on the walkway. Other th...  more »
  • August 30, 2017
    Over the river tame the Hill Library, views dropping by so pretty. This is just like in the 1500s does not stop where it is fine, but where can I see a view over the river. Museum of history was a decent place to contemplate.
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  • June 20, 2017
    What a spot for photos and has a great scenery. You can see parliament and the gallery and the history museum and Québec from there. And there is a giant statue.
  • June 21, 2017
    Nice view if you want to enjoy a sunset or just take pictures of the Alexandra Bridge
  • March 27, 2017
    What a great spot to look over Parliament Hill! Must see when visiting Ottawa
  • July 15, 2016
    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.
  • October 23, 2016
    Beautiful park with spectacular views of both sides of the Ottawa river. Get there at sunrise or sunset for amazing pictures.

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