One-Tank Trips: Tulip Legacy blooms again

Everything’s coming up tulips – one million of them – in Canada’s capital.

Go ahead, count them at the 66th annual Canadian Tulip Festival, May 11 to 21, paying homage to an ongoing gift from the Netherlands after the Second World War.

Tulips became Ottawa’s official flower after the Dutch Royal Family took refuge there and Canadian troops played a pivotal role in the liberation of the Netherlands.

When the war ended and the family returned to Europe, they sent a gift of 100,000 tulip bulbs to Ottawa.

This lasting gift continues and is known as the Tulip Legacy.

New is the Tulip Trail linking Commissioners Park and Lansdowne, a 20-minute stroll by “beautiful residential and city gardens, with interpretation markers, animation and entertainment along the way.”

Also new is Rendez-vous des saveurs at the Zibi community in Gatineau with tulip-inspired culinary offerings.

The theme is A World of Tulips with the main flower beds at Commissioners Park at Dows Lake, also the location of a Victoria Day fireworks show on May 20.

There’s also tulip art in the ByWard Market; fun family events at Lansdowne; and tulips sprouting along the Garden Promenade.; 1-800-668-8547