The Canadian Tulip Festival is the largest of its kind in the world, attracting some 600,000 visitors annually. The festival is also a celebration of the return of spring, with over a million tulips in 50 varieties blooming in public spaces across the National Capital Region. The highest concentration of tulips can be viewed in the flower beds of Commissioners Park, on the banks of Dow’s Lake, where 300,000 flowers bloom. From May 12-23, the city will come alive with colour when these tulips create an exotic mosaic throughout the city. You’ll encounter pageantry, music and art throughout Ottawa’s great neighbourhoods. But, Tulips aren’t the only things popping up in Ottawa this spring. Sure, we’ve got a million of them, but there are also new exhibitions popping up at our national museums, umbrellas going up at outdoor cafés, and sightseeing boats cruising up and down on the Ottawa River and Rideau Canal. Pop up and see for yourself!
Experience the festival at sites throughout the city. Visit www.tulipfestival.ca for more details.