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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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  • If you think it is just a hill behind the gallery , you're wrong. It's the point. If you are planning to drop by Ottawa area, I highly recommend including this to your iternary. Don't miss this great ...  more »
  • Access to Nepean Point is behind the National Gallery which is why I suggest that you combine the two in one go. From Nepean Point one has an un-interrupted view of the Gatineau River, The Museum of H...  more »
  • Beautiful view of the river and Ottawa dw from both sides and especially locks. All right neat and clean. Interesting that works everywhere but that the way to meet the locals.
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  • 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.
  • Nice view if you want to enjoy a sunset or just take pictures of the Alexandra Bridge
  • 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.
  • 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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