Ottawa blossoms this spring with the annual Tulip Festival
- Travel News
- Tuesday, 09 April 2013 11:09
The spring and summer seasons are excellent times to visit Ottawa, as the nation's capital city is home to a variety of stunning natural attractions, as well as outdoor events which take place in the warmer months. On top of walking and cycling trips around the city, travellers planning a visit between May 3 and May 20 will be able to experience the 61st Canadian Tulip Festival.
This event has been a staple of Ottawa in the spring for more than six decades, and is designed to commemorate the presentation of 100,000 tulip bulbs by Princess Juliana of the Netherlands in 1945. The Dutch princess offered these tulips in appreciation of Canada's involvement in the safe harbouring of the Dutch Royal Family during the second World War. The gift of tulips became an annual tradition and there are now more than one million tulips ranging from 50 different varieties at the festival.
The event has been known to attract as many as 600,000 visitors annually, and is truly remarkable for flower lovers and other travellers alike. The flowers can be found throughout the National Capital Region, with the largest numbers of blossoming tulips in the Commissioners Park and the banks of Dow's Lake.