Nepean Point and the Astrolabe Theatre

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

Nepean Point in Ottawa 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. The Theatre 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.

Nepean Point is 1.27 hectares in size and was developed in preparation for Canada’s centennial in 1967. It is located on St. Patrick Street in Ottawa, behind the National Gallery of Canada.

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.