Nepean Point and the Astrolabe Theatre

Photo of Nepean Point, the Ottawa River and Alexandra Bridge
Nepean Point

Nepean Point is known for its 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 also home to the Astrolabe Theatre, which serves as a viewing point for the Canada Day fireworks. It has also hosted various events and productions over the years.

Facts about Nepean Point:

  • located behind the National Gallery of Canada, in Ottawa
  • developed in preparation for Canada’s centennial in 1967
  • measures 1.27 hectares in size

What’s next?

The site no longer meets universal accessibility standards and the structures are outdated. We now have the opportunity to renew the space, to improve its access and to give it a unique character that will serve the Capital for the next 50 years.

In 2017, we will launch a design competition for Nepean Point to make it a signature space for Canada’s Capital. We will consider ideas that were discussed with the public, community stakeholders and interest groups at the Nepean Point renewal workshop in 2014.

Parking Free and paid parking is available in the ByWard Market and there is paid parking in the National Gallery of Canada’s underground parking lot.

For more information see the Parks, Paths and Parkways visitor information.