Monday, May 16, 2011


After two weeks of spring playing peek-a-boo and the sun finally taking its dominant role as king of the skies and with great appreciation we welcome and happily salute the return of the sunny and dry season.
May the 6th marks the beginning of the annual Canadian Tulip Festival   - An International celebrated and very popular flower festival in Canada. The festival is a reminder of a great friendship between two very great nations – Netherlands and Canada.
The tulip festival is the world’s largest; it is an event which is visited and attended each year by thousands of visitors from across Canada and around the world. Year after year visitors are astonished by the volume and the share beauty of this memorable event.
The annual tulip festival is a major event on the tourism calendar it marks the beginning of spring  - Its marks the beginning of the warmer and busiest season on the tourism calendar.

History of the tulip festival

During the Second World War princess Juliana and the royal Dutch family was granted safe haven in Canada after Germany invaded their country in 1940. After the war ended the Royal family gifted Ottawa 100,000.00 tulip bulbs as their appreciation for the safe haven Canada provided to them and the major combat role Canada and the allied forces played in the liberation of their home land - Holland in 1945.
Canada especially Ottawa held a very special place in royal’s heart as it was the place of birth of princess Margriet and Prince Juliana third daughter Princess Margriet the only royal to be born in North America.

Location of the main events

·         Commissioners Park - Floral Central
A very popular site, located at Dow’s lake a five minute (5) drive from our Ottawa location. The festive beauty of the tulip festival can be seen and enjoy pretty much all around the city, however the Dow’s lake venue has the highest concentration of the tulips along one of the city’s greatest land mark and tourist attraction the Rideau Canal. This venue is a must see.
·         Major hill Park
The major hill park, the official garden of Canada’s capital Ottawa is the main activity site. This year attractions includes:
1.     Extraordinary Kaleidoscope tulip beds
2.     Activities for the entire family
3.     International pavilion     -  An area represented my more than 20 Embassies show-casing their country and its culture.

Are you currently visiting Ottawa ? or planning to visit, please add the tulip festival to one of your must see and do event and fun is guaranteed.


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