Our family just got back visiting Ottawa, Canada and the Canadian Tulip Festival with our kids. The tulips did not disappoint. Ottawa has the largest festival of its kind and they showcase over 50 varieties of tulips. The flowers are blooming all around town, but the main display is in Commissioners Park at Dows Lake. The festival is the perfect time to visit Ottawa with kids
Below is my own display of the tulips- through photographs! I’m still learning how to use my Nikon, but I think this is a nice representation of the different varieties on display!
Why Ottawa’s obsession with the tulip? It goes back to the special relationship that the Canadians made with the Dutch during WWII. The Princess of the Netherlands was kept in safety in Ottawa during the war and even had a child, Princess Margriet there. Once Princess Juliana became queen, she sent the city of Ottawa tulips each year as a gift. You can read more of the story here, but the commission now plants close to 1 million tulip bulbs annually!
These first two photos are from Parc Major’s Hill Park. This is a beautiful park that overlooks the Rideau Canal locks and the National Gallery.
As aforementioned, the main display is at Commissioner’s Park. The park is a 10-minute drive from Ottawa, but the Festival provides a shuttle for $2/person. The shuttle was a double-decker bus and it was definitely the highlight for 5-yr-old Jackson. He squealed in delight the entire time!
We saw sooo many tulips, and we only made it through 1/3 or so of the park before the kids started getting tired. Because we had to take the shuttle, my giant double stroller wouldn’t fit on it, so we were outnumbered by littles and they had to walk a lot! We plan to take the kids back to Ottawa when they are a little older to experience the Canadian Tulip Festival again!
Do you think you’d like to visit the Canadian Tulip Festival? Have you been to any other flower festivals? Or maybe you’re interested in Ottawa?
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