The capital of the second biggest country on the planet, Ottawa struggles with its reputation as a bureaucratic labyrinth of little charm and character. The problem is that many Canadians who aren't federal employees - and even some who are - blame the city for all the country's woes. All too aware of this, the Canadian government has spent lashings of dollars to turn Ottawa into "a city of urban grace in which all Canadians can take pride" - so goes the promotional literature, but predictably this very investment is often resented. Furthermore, the hostility is deeply rooted, dating back as far as 1857 when Queen Victoria, inspired by some genteel watercolours, declared Ottawa the capital, leaving Montreal and Toronto smarting at their rebuff. In truth, in Ottawa you'll know that Ottawa is neither grandiose nor tedious, but a lively cosmopolitan city of 330,000 with a clutch of outstanding national museums , a pleasant riverside setting and superb cultural facilities like the National Arts Centre, plus acres of parks and gardens and miles of bicycle and jogging paths. It also possesses lots of good hotels and B&Bs and a busy cafe-bar and restaurant scene - enough to keep the most diligent sightseer going for a day or three, maybe more. Here too, for once in English-speaking Ontario, Canada's bilingual laws make sense: Quebec's Hull is just across the river and on the streets of Ottawa you'll hear as much French as English. In Ottawa you'll also know that Ottawa is located on coast of Ottawa, the left inflow of the river St. Lavrentiy. In the south the city is crossed by picturesque channel Rido. The abundance of water and greens, the graceful cottages, richly trimmed governmental buildings give to this city surprisingly beautiful and quiet kind. In the summer on lawns thousand poppies and tulips redden, on sidewalks and roadways run across almost manual black fibers. In the winter on an ice Ottawa's' small rivers and channels of hundred employees " run " for work on skates. As well as any other capital Ottawa gives an opportunity to everyone to find something on a shower. Fans of music pleasant meetings with the Orchestra of the National Center of Arts, the Symphonic orchestra of Ottawa and wait for many other things the musical collectives executing classical music. In city the beater, blueses, music in style chantry are very popular jazz. Fans of ballet undoubtedly will like performances of Royal ballet troupe of Ottawa. To fans of national art is advised to visit such places, as Ottawa Civic Centre, Congress Centre and Nepean Sportsplex where the set of surprising things and subjects of art is on sale and exposed. The most known showrooms of Ottawa are Byward Market, La Maison du Citoyen, Le Salon des Arts and Arts Court, collections of works of the past and the present here are collected. Having stayed on museums and showrooms in Ottawa, you for certain want to have a rest and in this sense Ottawa is ideal city. Directly in its feature magnificent parks were stretched. The most known park is Gatineau park where it is healthy to ski and float in pools in the winter, and in the summer - to go for a drive on bicycles and to arrange picnics. Inhabitants of Ottawa very much love sports and hazardously are a fan of the favourite commands: football club Ottawa Rafraider (one of co-owners of this club the well-known Wayne Gretski is), baseball club Ottawa Links and hockey club Ottawa Senators. Especially interestingly in Ottawa in the spring when the festival of tulips of which city dwellers very are proud is spent. In days of the Second World War Ottawa has granted asylum to the Dutch royal family. And here, every year the royal family sends in gift to city of thousand and thousand tulips. For certain, in Ottawa you'll know that in city centre, on a parliament hill at merge of Ottawa and Rido the complex of buildings with the central tower of the World (height 96) towers. Buildings are executed in severe Gothic style and remind monuments of medieval architecture. In the summer daily at 10 o'clock on the parliamentary area there is the solemn changing of the guard, consisting of the soldier and officers of the Royal Canadian mounted police.