Event Date: May 12, 2016 - May 23, 2016
Location: Aberdeen Pavilion, Lansdowne Park; Commissioners Park, Dow’s Lake; and the ByWard Market.
Come celebrate friendship at the Canadian Tulip Festival! New this year is an indoor venue with an indoor tulip and sculpture garden! Canadian Tulip Festival is an excellent time to experience international music, dance, culinary talents, and interdisciplinary arts. Come see this year’s pre-designated and themed area in Aberdeen Pavilion at Lansdowne Park!
The Canadian Tulip Festival is held annually during the month of May in the Nation’s Capital Region. It is the largest tulip festival in the world. Many tulip gardens are planted throughout the city of Ottawa and Gatineau, and the largest is found at Commissioners Park on the shores of Dow’s Lake. The festival also includes music performances, exhibits of international crafts, and firework displays.
In 1945, The Dutch royal family had sent thousands of tulip bulbs to Ottawa in gratitude for Canadians having sheltered Queen Juliana and her daughters for the preceding three years due to the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands during World War II.
In the years following Queen Juliana’s original donation, Ottawa became famous for its tulips. In 1953, the Ottawa Board of Trade and photographer Malak Karsh organized the first Canadian Tulip Festival.
This year, the Festival celebrates its 64th edition.
- Live Entertainment
- Special Celebrations
- Art Shows
- Tulip Gardens
- Local and International Artisan Crafts
- International Pavilion at Lansdowne Park
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