Canadian Tulip Festival
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May 3 to 20, 2013
What began as a symbol of international friendship quickly blossomed into one of the most celebrated festivals in Canada. Over the years, the Canadian Tulip Festival has grown into the largest of its kind in the world, attracting over 250,000 people each year. Take a journey through various sites in Ottawa and Gatineau and walk through the kaleidoscope of colours from over 3,000,000 tulips.
Major's Hill Park: Festival Central
Get a taste of culture, music and food from over 20 partnering embassies and local cultural groups. Enjoy free admission to all park events.
Commissioners Park: Floral Central
Over 1,000,000 tulips of more than 50 varieties come to life, and the highest concentration (300,000) can be found at Commissioners Park!
The festival shuttle travels the Tulip Route along Queen Elizabeth Driveway, which follows the Rideau Canal in downtown Ottawa to Dow's Lake.
About the Festival
In 1945, Princess Juliana of the Netherlands presented Ottawa with 100,000 tulip bulbs in a symbol of international friendship.