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 park, 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

The site has been under construction since November 2019. We have completed the demolition of the Astrolabe Theatre and the removal of monuments and statues, including art sculptures from the National Gallery of Canada. These are now in storage and undergoing restoration. We will reintegrate them as part of the redevelopment.

In January 2021, the NCC’s Board of Directors approved the final design for the remaining park elements of the project. This approval allows the project team to begin construction.

In spring 2021, we will begin to implement many of the park elements:

  • the foundation work for the pedestrian bridge
  • the Whispering Point structure
  • the various pathways
  • the landscape ha-ha feature
  • site furnishings and lighting

Impact of site closure

The site is closed for construction purposes, but the public still has access to the remaining National Gallery of Canada art pieces located outside of the construction zone. The NCC and the National Gallery of Canada are taking appropriate measures to protect the art pieces.

About the project

The “Big River Landscape” concept plan guides the redevelopment of Nepean Point. It is the winning entry, by Janet Rosenberg & Studio, from the 2017 international design competition.

The design will improve the park in terms of universal accessibility, interpretation, landscaping and new vistas. It also features a new pedestrian bridge connecting Major’s Hill Park to Nepean Point.

Through coordination, the project team has refined the winning design. The revisions align with refined cost estimates and changes in the surrounding context.

Implementation

Part 1

Part 1 of the plan focuses on the park’s landscape design, including the pedestrian bridge to Major’s Hill Park.

Revisions to the design include the following:

  • improvements to the perimeter wall
  • the construction of a landscape ha-ha feature
  • a universally accessible pathway, through modifications to the National Gallery of Canada’s Op Art Path

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.

Part 2

Part 2 of the plan will focus on the entrances to Nepean Point park from Sussex Drive through the National Gallery of Canada property, and the reconfiguration of St. Patrick Street.

Process and timeline

We launched the Nepean Point redevelopment in 2014. The project is ongoing.

2014: Launch of project
A public planning workshop helped us develop a vision and design elements for Nepean Point

2017: International design competition
The Board of Directors approves the winning proposal, entitled “Big River Landscape,” in November

2019: Start of demolition

2020: Board approval of revised concept

2021: Board approval of the remaining design elements
Construction work to begin in spring 2021

2023: Estimated completion of construction
The project is scheduled to be completed, and the site reopened by late spring 2023.


The redevelopment implementation of this project is part of the NCC’s major infrastructure projects made possible with the Government of Canada’s $52.4-million investment from the 2020 federal budget.

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