Ottawa’s Nepean Point Nepean Point is one of the most spectacular lookouts in Canada’s Capital, making it a key Capital destination. The site offers a magnificent panoramic view of Parliament Hill and the heart of Canada’s Capital Region. At the top of Nepean Point is a majestic statue of Samuel de Champlain, who explored the Ottawa River in 1613. Nepean Point is the home to the Astrolabe Theatre which was built in preparation for Canada’s centennial (1967) and served as a viewing point for the sound and light show on Parliament Hill. Over the years the Astrolabe Theatre has hosted various events and productions, including the Carnival of Cultures.
Since the site no longer meets accessibility criteria, it is no longer accessible to the public. The National Capital Commission (NCC) has begun to develop plans to renew Nepean Point, improve access and give it a unique character that will be useful to the Capital for the next 50 years. A two-step international design competition will create a vibrant 21st century green space in the heart of the capital. The first phase of construction is planned for 2019-2020.
You can, however, admire the statue of Samuel de Champlain from the Ottawa River or on the esplanade of the National Gallery of Canada.