Canadian Tulip Festival
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May 8 to 18, 2015
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 more than 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
More than 1,000,000 tulips come to life in the city, the most spectacular of which—300,000 tulips in 60 varieties—are found at Commissioners Park!
The Tulip Shuttle service travels between the main tulip beds and neighborhoods, with over a dozen stops along the Tulip Route.
About the Festival
In 1945, Princess Juliana of the Netherlands presented Ottawa with 100,000 tulip bulbs in a symbol of international friendship.