The biggest tulip festival in the world attracts more than 500,000 visitors each year. The festival originates from the 100,000 tulip bulbs that the Dutch government gifted to the Canadians in 1945 as a sign of gratitude for the hospitality that was extended to the Dutch Royal Family during the Second World War.
Since 1953, the Canadian Tulip Festival has been celebrating the legacy of the tulip, Ottawa’s flower, which symbolizes the strong bonds of friendship between Canada and the Netherlands, forged in Canada’s role in the Liberation of the Netherlands during the Second World War.
The Canadian Tulip Festival offers festival-goers the opportunity to explore the colourful tulips in bloom, Dutch culture, an International Pavilion, Ikebana workshops, and be entertained by a diversity of music artists as well as captivating fireworks.
Canada is gearing up for lots of festivities to ring in its 150th anniversary of Confederation, and Ottawa will be the hub of all of the key celebrations. The ‘Canadian Tulip Festival’ is also marking a milestone, as 2017 is the 65th anniversary of the Festival.
For more information, visit http://tulipfestival.ca/