Gatineau is a unique and burgeoning city located just across the river from the federal capital city of Ottawa. Although both cities are located in two separate provinces, they are commonly twinned together and referred to as the National Capital area. Gatineau is the fairly recent name given to a collection of several smaller cities and towns located in the western Quebec region. These include, Hull, Gatineau, Aylmer and surrounding areas. The region of Gatineau is also called the Outaouais. It is also known as the entrance or gates to the province of Quebec.