Canadian Tulip Festival

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Some tulips found at Dow's Lake in 2006. Photo by Eric Bouliane
The Canadian Tulip Festival takes place every springtime in Ottawa Ontario. In 1945 Princess Juliana of the Netherlands made a gift of 100,000 tulip bulbs to Ottawa as a gesture of thanks for Canada's role in the liberation of the Netherlands. and for the shelter Ottawa provided when the Dutch royal family was forced to flee the Nazi invasion. By 1953 the annual flower displays made possible by this gift became an annual festival. As of 2008 the festival is the world's largest featuring over 3 million tulips and over 600,000 visitors[1]


  1. Tulip Festival History