Tulip Festival in Ottawa

Every May in Ottawa, there is a big tulip festival, with over three million tulips of over 50 types in many parks around Canada’s capital. There is a special bus that goes from park to park to see the tulips. There are three main locations with large tulip displays.

The festival has its origin in World War 2, when the Royal Family of Holland (the Netherlands) escaped to the safety of Canada. They stayed in Ottawa during the war, and even a Dutch princess was born there! After the war, Princess Juliana of the Netherlands gave the city of Ottawa 100,000 tulip bulbs as a thank-you gift for being their home, but also because Canadian soldiers helped liberate the country. Since 1953, the city has welcomed spring with this unique festival.

For information about going to Ottawa, read more here.

Ottawa’s Tulip Festival Website

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