The Ottawa Tulip Festival

Categories: Daycation and Out and About.

We had a wonderful visit to Ottawa to see the tulip festival in the middle of the week.  What an amazing sight to see beds and beds of tulips of all different colours and varieties.

The first tulip festival was held in 1953.  In 1945 the Dutch Royal family sent 100,000 tulip bulbs to Ottawa for their gratitude in sheltering members of their Royal family during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands during the second world war.  The princess was pregnant and Canada had the maternity floor of the hospital declared a temporary part of the international territory so the royal birth could then be registered as Dutch.

Ottawa tulip festival 2015

Every year tulip bulbs are sent to Canada and planted along the Queen Elizabeth Way leading up to Dowe’s Lake in Ottawa.

Ottawa tulip festival 2015

Throughout the venue there were brightly coloured huge replicas of tulips.

Ottawa tulip festival 2015

A tea party was set up with ladies dressed in greenery dresses and the table set with moss and succulents.

Ottawa tulip festival 2015

The tulips were amazing.

Ottawa tulip festival 2015

Also throughout the park were large figures of people adorned with tulips.

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I took so many photos it was hard to choose ones to share with with Mosaic Monday.

I hope you are lucky enough to have the opportunity to visit Ottawa during the tulip festival.

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