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Country  Canada
Time zone  Eastern (EST) (UTC−5)
Local time  Friday 5:51 AM
Province  Ontario
City of Nepean  1978–2001
Area code(s)  613, 343
Population  156,298 (2011)
University  Algonquin College
Nepean, Ontario
Weather  -2°C, Wind S at 8 km/h, 56% Humidity

Nepean /nəˈpən/ is a part of Ottawa, Ontario, located west of Ottawa's inner core. It was formerly a city in its own right until amalgamated with the Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton in 2001 to become the new city of Ottawa. However, the name "Nepean" continues in common usage in reference to the area. The population of Nepean is about 180,000 people.


Map of Nepean, Ottawa, ON, Canada

Although the neighbouring municipality of Kanata formed the entrepreneurial and high tech center of the region, Nepean hosted noted industries such as Nortel Networks, JDS Uniphase and Gandalf Technologies. As with the rest of the National Capital Region, however, Nepean's economy was also heavily dependent on federal government employment. Most of Nepean's employed residents commute to downtown Ottawa or Kanata for work.

Nepean's policies of operational and capital budgeting prudence contrasted with the budget philosophies of some other municipalities in the area. Nepean instituted a strict 'pay-as-you-go' budgeting scheme. The city entered amalgamation with a large surplus and a record of tax restraint. However, most big-ticket municipal infrastructure items (transit, garbage collection, sanitary sewers, water, arterial roads, social services) were the responsibility of the Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton. The former City of Nepean maintained its own library system from 1954 to amalgamation, its own police force from 1964 until it was regionalized in the 1990s; its own fire service and its own recreation programs. Hydro services were the responsibility of the Hydro-Electric Commission of the City of Nepean (commonly referred to as Nepean Hydro). Education in the City of Nepean was provided by the Carleton Board of Education (later amalgamated with the Ottawa Board of Education to form the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board).

Prior to amalgamation, Nepean's City Council spent many tax dollars aggressively campaigning against what they (and their allies) referred to as the "megacity" model. The central plank of the strategy was to promote a tri-city model, which would have seen the ten municipalities of the Ottawa region reduced to three: one in the west (comprising Nepean, Kanata and the western rural municipalities), one in the east (comprising Gloucester, Cumberland and the eastern rural municipalities) and one in the centre (comprising Ottawa, Vanier and Rockcliffe Park). These efforts were in vain, as the one-city model eventually prevailed. (The one-city model was recommended by Glen Shortliffe, who was appointed by the Government of Ontario to study the issue of municipal reform in Ottawa-Carleton.)


Nepean has a humid continental climate (Köppen Dfb), with warm, humid summers and cold winters. The summers start in early June and end in early September with an average summer high temperature of 27 °C (81 °F). In Nepean, summers have about 220 mm (8.7 in) of rain. There is a 95% chance that all the precipitation comes by thunderstorms in the summer. There is also a small chance of cool, average rainy days in the summertime. Nepean is also the Ottawa suburb that has the most hours of sunshine, with an average of 2,100 hours each year. In the winter, Nepean gets about 150–200 cm (59–79 in) of snow yearly with an average temperature of −5 °C (23 °F). Spring starts around late March and lasts until late May, with temperatures of about 10–15 °C (50–59 °F). The springtime has about 165 mm (6.5 in) of rain a year. The average temperature for fall is around 10 °C (50 °F). Autumn is the driest season in Nepean with only 100 mm (3.9 in) of rainfall annually. The gardening zone for this area is 6A.


Nepean Township, originally known as Township D, was established in 1792 and originally included what is now the central area of Ottawa west of the Rideau River. Jehiel Collins, from Vermont, is believed to have been the first person to settle in Nepean Township, on the future site of Bytown. Nepean was incorporated as a city on November 24, 1978. The geographic boundaries of Nepean changed considerably over this time; the original town hall of the township of Nepean was located in Westboro, which was annexed in 1950 by the city of Ottawa. Nepean's centre then moved to the community of Bells Corners. In the 1950 and 1960s, Nepean's urban area began to expand in previous rural areas in such areas as the community of Centrepointe in the east, and the community of Barrhaven in the south.

Prior to its amalgamation with 10 other municipalities into the new city of Ottawa in 2001, the population of Nepean was 124,878. The 2006 census population was 138,596.

Nepean was named after Sir Evan Nepean, British Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department from 1782 to 1791.

A Nepean quarry provided the sandstone blocks that were the principal building material used in the Parliament Buildings in downtown Ottawa.


According to the Canada 2001 Census:

  • Population: 124,878
  • % Change (1996–2001): 8.5
  • Dwellings: 44,685
  • Area (km2.): 217.00
  • Density (persons per km2.): 575.5
  • Education

    Public schools in Nepean are administered by Ottawa-Carleton District School Board. Catholic schools, or "separate schools", are administered by the Ottawa-Carleton Catholic School Board. The secular Anglophone board's headquarters and the Catholic board's headquarters are located within Nepean itself.

    Francophone education is provided by the Conseil des écoles publiques de l'Est de l'Ontario (CÉPEO) and the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE).

    Schools in Nepean include:

    Special Education

  • Crystal Bay Centre for Special Education
  • Alternate Education

  • Elizabeth Wyn Wood Secondary Alternate Program
  • Continuing Education

  • St. Patrick's Adult School
  • Nepean City Hall

    Ben Franklin Place, located in Centrepointe, was formerly the city hall for Nepean until it became a part of Ottawa. Now, it serves as a government office and client service centre, as well as continuing to be home to a branch of the Ottawa Library and the Centrepointe Theatre.


    Nepean Museum located at 16 Rowley Avenue, Nepean Ontario is a museum that collects, preserves, researches, exhibits and interprets the works of man and nature in Nepean.


    "Nepean This Week" (http://www.nepeanthisweek.com/) is a weekly publication distributed in the Nepean area.

    The Ottawa area's CTV affiliate, CTV Ottawa formerly known as CJOH-TV was headquartered on Merivale Road in Nepean. The studio was home to shows such as Graham Kerr's The Galloping Gourmet, and the cult children's classic You Can't Do That on Television. The building was ravaged by a fire on February 7, 2010 and was demolished in 2011. The Merivale Road complex is still home to Corus Entertainment's English-language stations CKQB-FM and CJOT-FM.

    Famous Nepeanites

    The following famous people were either born in, raised in, or consider Nepean their home town:

  • Jamie Baker, hockey player and broadcaster
  • Fred Brathwaite, hockey player
  • Jeff Brown, hockey player/ Current Head Coach and GM of the Ottawa 67's of the Ontario Hockey League
  • Jeff Chychrun, hockey player
  • Doug Frobel, former pro baseball player
  • Charmaine Hooper, soccer player
  • Jesse Levine, tennis player
  • Steve MacLean, astronaut
  • Sandra Oh, actress
  • Jesse Palmer, football player, TV's The Bachelor in 2004
  • Darren Pang, former hockey player, hockey analyst
  • George Pettit, singer/songwriter for Alexisonfire
  • Klea Scott, actress
  • Jason York, former hockey player
  • Steve Yzerman, former hockey player
  • Jeff Zywicki, professional lacrosse player and 2006 World Lacrosse Championship winner
  • Nepean communities and neighbourhoods

    Prior to amalgamation, the following communities and neighbourhoods were within the city boundaries:


    Nepean, Ontario Wikipedia