Ottawa Tulip Festival
As the largest tulip festival in the world, the Ottawa Tulip Festival draws thousands of visitors every year to Canada's capital. The city showcases over one million tulips in more than 50 varieties throughout the National Capital Region. The event also includes music performances, guest speaker and international cuisine exhibits.
The Ottawa Tulip Festival celebrates Canada's role in aiding the Netherlands royal family during World War II. Following liberation, Dutch princess Juliana provided the City of Ottawa with the gift of 100,000 tulip bulbs. The first tulip festival was organized in 1953.
- Dates: May 2015
- Commissioner's Park at Dow's Lake (main display)
- Queen Elizabeth Drive
- Parliament Hill
- Major's Hill Park (behind the Chateau Laurier Hotel beside Parliament Hill)
- Jacques Cartier Park (across the Outaouais River in Gatineau)
We invite you to learn more about the many other local Ottawa festivals.