Nepean Point is one of the most spectacular lookouts in Canada’s Capital Region, making it a key Capital destination.

The NCC is currently redeveloping Nepean Point to create a lively, 21st century green space, in the heart of the Capital. The site is closed until summer 2023 to ensure the safety and security of the general public during the redevelopment.

The latest on the project

On April 23, 2020, the NCC’s Board of Directors approved several aspects of the project:

  • the revised concept plan
  • the 50 percent of the developed design for Part 1 of the revised concept plan
  • the relocation and restoration of three monuments and one art piece

The demolition of the Astrolabe Theatre and associated infrastructure, which no longer meet universal accessibility standards, began in November 2019. It will continue throughout 2020. This work includes the removal of seating, stairs, railings, light standards and a ticket booth, as well as contaminated soil.

The revised concept plan

Our project team has recommended revisions to the winning design, “Big River Landscape.” These revisions align with refined cost estimates associated with changes in the surrounding context.

The revised concept plan will focus on two parts of the revised landscape design for the park.

  • Part 1: the landscape design for the park area, which includes the pedestrian bridge linking Major’s Hill Park to Nepean Point
  • Part 2: the entrances to Nepean Point park from Sussex Drive through the National Gallery of Canada property and the Op Art Path and the reconfiguration of St. Patrick Street.

Part 1 of the revised concept plan

The implementation of Part 1 of the revised concept plan includes the following:

  • improvements to the perimeter wall
  • the realization of a landscape ha-ha feature; and
  • the reintegration of a historic connection with a new pedestrian bridge connecting Nepean Point and Major’s Hill Park

The perimeter wall and landscape ha-ha feature will offer spectacular views of the Capital, and will increase biodiversity in the plantings at the park’s edge.

Subject to the NCC Board of Directors’ approval and financial authority, the NCC will be moving forward in spring 2021 to implement Part 1 of the Nepean Point redevelopment.

Relocation of monuments and art piece

For the implementation of Part 1 and the demolition work to be undertaken in summer 2020, the following monuments and art piece will be removed for restoration and storage:

  • the statue of Samuel de Champlain
  • the Anishinabe Scout statue (art piece)
  • the Centennial Survey Monument
  • the Boundary Marker

The monuments and art piece will be reinstated by 2023, with the completion of the redevelopment project. Details on their reintegration within the final design of the site will be shared in due time.

Accessible Public art

At this time, the public will still have access to the following art pieces located outside of the construction zone:

  • One Hundred Foot Line, by Roxy Paine
  • Majestic, by Michel de Broin
  • Black Nest and Water Planet, by Bill Vazan
  • Nature Will Reclaim You, by Nicholas Galanin

The NCC and the National Gallery of Canada will take appropriate measures to protect the art pieces.

About the redevelopment project

The redevelopment of Nepean Point presents an opportunity to include new interpretation, innovative design, improved landscaping and enhanced public access. The NCC is expanding the pedestrian network to create a seamless connection from Major’s Hill Park to Nepean Point.

In 2017, following an international design competition, as well as public consultations and workshops, we selected a winning proposal, entitled “Big River Landscape.” This design was submitted by Janet Rosenberg & Studio Inc. with Patkau Architects, Blackwell Structural Engineers and ERA Architects Inc.

Process and timeline

The Nepean Point redevelopment project was launched in 2014, and is ongoing.

The NCC hosted a public planning workshop with members of the public, community stakeholders and interest groups. The participants highlighted a vision for the site, themes, objectives and guiding principles toward building a prominent destination that residents and visitors can enjoy.

  • January: The NCC launched an international design competition for the redevelopment of Nepean Point.
  • May: The NCC announced four finalists in the design competition.
  • October: The NCC hosted a public exhibition of the four finalists’ designs.
  • November: The winning proposal, entitled “Big River Landscape,” was approved by the NCC Board of Directors.

In 2019, the NCC began the demolition of the Astrolabe Theatre and associated infrastructure

On April 23, 2020, the NCC Board of Directors approved the revised concept plan.

Over the spring and summer, the NCC will proceed with the temporary relocation of four monuments and art pieces, and will complete the approved demolition work.

The NCC will submit the design and financial plan for the remaining elements of Part 1 to the NCC Board of Directors for approval.

Subject to the NCC Board of Directors’ approval, the NCC will proceed with the implementation of Part 1.