Ottawa is our nation's capital and with nearly a million people is the second largest city in Ontario. It is a city of neighbourhoods, each with unique attractions and features. One great area for rental apartments is the Castle Heights neighbourhood, located east of Saint-Laurent Boulevard in Vanier, the large residential area east of the Rideau River. Several parks are located in this neighbourhood, including the large Ken Steele Park, and shoppers enjoy easy access to the Saint-Laurent Centre, Ottawa's largest retail indoor shopping mall. Shoppers also have available the many large retail and commercial businesses located along Saint-Laurent Boulevard including Zellers, Winners, and Food Basics and Metro supermarkets. There are six schools and one college within a kilometer of this neighbourhood, plus a variety of apartments for rent, two churches and one mosque. The Trans-Canada Highway borders the south side of this neighbourhood and city streets, which allows residents to reach Ottawa's core easily.
Ottawa is growing at a rate of roughly 5%, strong for a city of this size in Ontario. Economically, the federal government dominates the city and provides work directly and indirectly for tens of thousands of residents. The city centre contains a large array of public buildings including Parliament Hill and government office buildings, the Fairmont Château Laurier, and numerous monuments. Other major employers include the high-technology companies located in Kanata, a suburb of the city. Ottawa has two universities, Carleton University and University of Ottawa, plus Algonquin College. High schools and elementary schools are located throughout the city and public parks offer recreational opportunities, particularly the large green spaces, which run along both sides of the Ottawa River and Rideau River. Ottawa has an international airport and is connected to the rest of Ontario by Highway 416, which connects southward to Highway 401. Public transit buses are provided by the city connecting all neighbourhoods.