The Canadian Tulip Festival
There’s a festival each year in Canada that brings out about a 500,000 each year and it just keeps getting bigger. The Canadian Tulip Festival in Ottawa has been enchanting flower fans with a million tulips annually for sixty five years. The celebration due to a historic royal gift from the Dutch to Canada as a symbol of friendship.
When I was in Ottawa I got to go on a tour of the Commission Park Tulips. There were over 250,000 tulips planted in the park that included the Canada 150 Tulip. There were 60 different varieties of tulips in the flower beds. Some of the species reminded me of other flowers and didn’t look like typical tulips. As for the Canada 150, it was the official tulip selected to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. The red and white flower is also known as the “Maple Leaf Tulip”.
The tulips are planted throughout the city so there are different areas get a tulip fix. Besides taking in the flowers there are family activities, fireworks, and live entertainment to enjoy. I enjoyed the large hand painted tulips that were art pieces placed in various parts of the city. It’s a wonderful way to get to know the names of some of the local artists.
The festival runs for a little over a week in May and it fills the city with lots of visitors. It’s such a popular time in Ottawa that hotels tend to sell out. If you plan on tip toeing through the tulips book your hotel well in advance. If you can’t make it to the festival, you can order some of the tulip bulbs online to have them sent your way.