Canadian Tulip Festival


The Canadian Tulip Festival is a tulip festival, held annually in May in Ottawa and Gatineau, Canada. The festival claims to be the world's largest tulip festival, displaying over one million tulips, with attendance of over 500,000 visitors annually. Large displays of tulips are planted throughout the city, and the largest display of tulips is found in Commissioners Park on the shores of Dow's Lake, and along the Rideau Canal with 300,000 tulips planted there alone. As well as tulip displays; the festival also includes music performances, speakers and exhibits of international cuisine.
Festival Begins
:– In 1945, the Dutch royal family sent 100,000 tulip bulbs to Ottawa in gratitude for Canadians having sheltered Princess Juliana and her daughters for the preceding three years during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands, in the Second World War.
The most noteworthy event during their time in Canada was the birth in 1943 of Princess Margriet to Princess Juliana at the Ottawa Civic Hospital. The maternity ward was declared to be officially a temporary part of international territory, so that she would be born in no country and would inherit only her Dutch citizenship from her mother. In 1946, Juliana sent another 20,500 bulbs requesting that a display be created for the hospital, and promised to send 10,000 more bulbs each year.
The Canadian Tulip Festival is a national festival and a Canadian cultural touchstone, proudly in its 59th year of existence. Come join the rich tradition of celebrating Canada’s proud liberation of Holland in WWII. The Tulip Festival has recently achieved coveted recognition as one of the top 10 events in Canada, and one of the top 100 events in North America in the prestigious American Bus Association rankings.
How to Reach:
 35 O'Connor St Ottawa, ON K1P 5M4 Canada (613) 567-5757
Website:
 http://www.tulipfestival.ca
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