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Downtown and Central: The Byward Market area is a lively group of blocks in the heart of downtown Ottawa. It has a broad selection of restaurants, stores, luxury hotels and cultural attractions, such as the National Arts Centre, the National Gallery of Canada and Parliament Hill.

It is also a densely populated residential area with many apartments and condominiums. Southeast of the Byward Market is an area known as Sandy Hill, in which a number of embassies and official residences are located. This is a relatively affluent and safe neighbourhood with many older houses and apartments. It is also home to the University of Ottawa. The downtown area is bordered on one side by the Rideau Canal, just across which is an area known as the Golden Triangle. This small, luxurious neighbourhood is home to many restaurants and pubs and serves as an extension to the downtown core. Next to it is Centretown, a commercial district that includes some housing, particularly apartments and condominiums. South of Centretown, divided by the Queensway (also known as Highway 417, the city’s main east/west highway), is the Glebe. Here, the houses are older than those in other areas. This is one of the most affluent residential and commercial areas of the city.

East Just to the east of downtown lie the wealthy neighbourhoods of Rockcliffe Park and New Edinburgh. The Governor General’s residence is in New Edinburgh and the official residence of the prime minister is in Rockcliffe Park. This old neighbourhood is home to many official residences and embassies. East of Vanier, which borders the neighbourhood of New Edinburgh, is Gloucester, a large residential area with plenty of green spaces and nice homes with large yards and gardens. Beyond Gloucester is Orléans, a newer residential area on the outskirts of the city.

West Nepean is a quiet residential area with several shopping areas and schools. Island Park and Westboro are close to downtown, near the Ottawa River. These up-and-coming neighbourhoods are populated with small family homes and many of the newest restaurants and independent shops in the city. A bridge to Québec is located in Island Park. Kanata, a relatively new residential area on the western outskirts of the city, is the centre of Ottawa’sbooming technology industry. Townhouses and single-family homes are the main housing options, with shopping centres and stores nearby.

South Riverside, Hunt Club and Mooney’s Bay are communities consisting of single-family dwellings, high-rise apartments and townhouses just a few minutes’ drive from the airport. Alta Vista lies to the northeast. It is near hospitals, schools and the Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport. Barrhaven, one of the fastest growing areas of the city, is in the southwest. It features many new and large houses with generous yards. The roads tend to be very new.

North On the other side of the Ottawa River is Québec, in which there are four major neighbourhoods that form part of the NCR: Hull, Aylmer, old Gatineau within the amalgamated City of Gatineau and, further north, the more rural town of Chelsea. Residential rents are lower on the Québec side of the river and those living north of the Ottawa River can access Ottawa through five bridges. This region is also home to Gatineau Park, a popular conservation park that offers both summer and winter activities.