Canadian Tulip Festival

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It’s springtime in Ottawa, which means that it is time for the annual Canadian Tulip Festival.  The 2012 Canadian Tulip Festival is celebrating its 60th anniversary.  From May 4th to May 21st, Ottawa hosts the largest tulip festival in the world. Over 500,000 people from around the world visit Ottawa to see the beautiful tulips and flowers that are in parks and areas around the city. The Canadian Tulip Festival celebrates the return of spring as well as the enduring international friendship with Holland. In 1945, Princess Juliana of The Netherlands gave Canada, specifically the city of Ottawa, 100,000 tulip bulbs as a thank you for granting safe haven for the Dutch Royal family during World War II. The first festival was held in 1953 as a suggestion from international photographer, Malak Karsh. Since that time, millions of visitors have descended upon the streets of Ottawa to take in the sights and sounds of the festival.

There is over a million tulips of 50 different varieties in view in public spaces across the National Capital Region. The largest display of tulips is showcased in Commissioner’s Park near Dow’s Lake. There are events in different tourist areas of the city during the festival as well. Areas of Ottawa hosting events include Little Italy, Chinatown, Sparks and Elgin Boulevards and the ByWard Market. Events during the festival include the Great Canadian Treasure Hunt  where participants could win up to $1,000 to Mad Hatters Mother’s Day Tea Party to fireworks over Dow’s Lake to help close out the festival on May 20th. Regional bands, disc jockeys and other artists are also performing during the festival at sites throughout the city.

Don’t miss out on the beauty of the Canadian Tulip Festival. Come out and join the volunteers, performers, artists, tourists and food vendors celebrate the tulip as a symbol of enduring friendship. The Canadian Tulip Festival runs through Monday, May 21st. Dymon Self Storage  is “Ottawa owned and Ottawa proud”!

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