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Nepean Point, Ottawa

Categories: Lookouts, Tourist Spots
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4.6/5 based on 60 reviews on the web
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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  • Go for it, by this point you will have a gorgeous view of the Parliament, the better prospect to take photos. Do you prefer the afternoon so as to keep the Sun at your back.
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  • Well, somehow there is a problem with the recognition of the indigenous people of Canada's. I do not really understand why a franz. Explorers on the base was raised and dominated since 1918 over Ottawa, but the native American Indians in the major's Hill Park inconspicuous was stationed.
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  • Pretty good point of the city of Ottawa. If you are walking in the region (Parliament, etc.), stop over at the end of the day to see the sunset which is quite beautiful.
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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.
  • 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.
  • Astonishing Views! From here you can see the river, the bridge, the Parliament Buildings. Perfect spot to watch the Fireworks on July 1st ( but will be crowded for sure )
  • Excellent view of the city. We came here to catch the sunset and boy was it gorgeous! Will come back to catch the sunrise soon!
  • Nepeans point is the best spot in the city to watch the sunset from. Bring a picnic and enjoy the show!
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