The Canadian Tulip Festival is one of Canada's longest-running agricultural festivals. For 74 years, the festival has celebrated the friendship between the Netherlands and Canada after Canadian soldiers helped liberate the Dutch in World War Two. It also commemorates the birth of Princess Margriet in Ottawa in 1945.
From May 10th to May 20th, head to Ottawa to experience the biggest tulip festival in Canada and in the world. The festival is happening at Commissioners Park along the Rideau Canal and Dow's Lake. It's free to attend but visitors can take walking tours to see the tulips for $5 each.
The festival will welcome hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world to see some 300,000 in-bloom tulips, donated by the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
TL;DR The Canadian Tulip Festival is officially coming to Ottawa for 10 days between May 10th and May 20th, 2019! Come and experience one of Canada's largest and most beloved agricultural festivals to help kick off your summer.
The Canadian Tulip Festival features live music, poetry readings, food trucks, workshops, fireworks, and of course, tulips. For 10 days, Ottawa will be resplendent with the magnificent sight of over 300,000 tulips, planted along the Rideau Canal and Dow's Lake.
Leading up to the 75th anniversary of the Liberation of the Netherlands, this year's edition is set to be bigger and better than ever before. There will be 1.2 kilometres of tulips along the banks of the river. It's an amazing sight that you have to see to believe.
You shouldn't pass up this festival because it's totally free to attend! If you want to take a guided walking tour of the tulips, it'll only cost you five bucks. An amazing price for you flowers lovers, eh!
Here's just a quick overview of what you can see and do at the Canadian Tulip Festival:
- Daily musical performances by impresario Julian Armour
- Tulip legacy walking tours to see over 300,000 in-bloom tulips
- Ottawa's favourite food trucks
- Fireworks over Dow's Lake
- Live artworks and painting by local artists
- Digital tulip bed tours
Activities will take place over 10 days so you definitely won't want to miss a minute of Canada's biggest and best tulip festival.
What better way to welcome the arrival of summer?
The Canadian Tulip Festival will run from May 10th to May 20th, 2019 in Commissioners Park along the Rideau Canal and Dow's Lake.
Don't miss your chance to experience one of Canada's most incredible festivals. And if you go, be sure to tag us in your videos or Instagram stories @MTLblog.