Canadian Tulip Festival

Ottawa, Ontario (ON)

In 1945, Princess Juliana of the Netherlands presented Ottawa with 100,000 tulip bulbs as a thank you for the haven Canada awarded the exiled Dutch royal family during the 2nd World War, and for the role Canadian troops played in the liberation of the Netherlands.

The Dutch tulips quickly became a strong attraction and very soon, in 1953, the first Canadian Tulip Festival was held.

Almost sixty years later, the Canadian Tulip Festival attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over North America, Europe and Asia and has become the world’s largest Tulip Festival, with events covering more than 18 days, showcasing over 3 million tulips throughout Canada’s Capital Region.

The tulips have become an important symbol of international friendship and spring, with special meaning to the people of Canada and its Capital Region.

The festival’s mandate is to preserve this heritage and celebrate the tulip as a symbol of international friendship by engaging local organizers, volunteers, artists, performers, tourists and festival-goers in what has become an annual ritual of spring and one of Canada’s best loved and well-known cultural events.

The tulip has also become Ottawa’s official flower, making Ottawa the tulip capital of the North America.

The Canadian Tulip Festival has been named as one one of the Top 100 Best Events for group travel in North America, and was also listed as one of the Top 10 Events to visit in Canada. The Canadian Tulip Festival also received the prestigious designation of Internationally Known Events, an elite group of perennial favourites that have timely popularity and International appeal.

To avoid problems with parking which is at a premium near the events, it is highly recommended to use public transport. There are several bus routes that reach the festival sites and you can work out your itineraries at the OC Transpo travel planner at:

or use the following STO bus routes all of which offer service to Mahor’s HIll Park: 21, 31, 33, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 59, 67 and 77

For more information about the Canadian Tulip Festival in Ottawa visit the official web site at

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