Vanier was a separate city until being amalgamated into Ottawa in 2001. The neighbourhood is located on the east bank of the Rideau River, across from the neighbourhoods of Lowertown and Sandy Hill, and just south of Rockcliffe Park, New Edinburgh, Lindenlea, and Manor Park. Vanier offers a wide choice of retail shops, strip malls, eateries, and bars. Several newer condo apartment buildings were built by Claridge Homes together with some townhouses near Beechwood and the Vanier Parkway.