The Ottawa Tulip Festival is one of the top Ottawa attractions, drawing thousands every year to Canada's capital. This explosion of colour showcases over 1 million tulips in more than 50 varieties throughout the National Capital Region. This festival, the largest festival of its kind on earth, celebrates Canada's role in freeing the Netherlands during World War II. Following liberation, Dutch princess Juliana provided the City of Ottawa with the gift of 100,000 tulip bulbs to thank Canada for sheltering the Dutch Royal Family during the German occupation.
The Tulip Route begins steps from The Westin Ottawa in the heart of Parliament Hill. Begin your spring journey at Major's Hill Park adjacent to the Rideau Canal. Slowly wind your way to Commissioner's Park at Dow's Lake, and take in the spectacular sight of a sea of tulips against the backdrop of the dreamy gothic spires of Ottawa's Parliament buildings. Combine a trip to Ottawa's tulip festival with a revitalizing stay at the top downtown Ottawa hotel, The Westin Ottawa. Savour the beauty of this unique event, then retreat to the comfort of one of our Westin Heavenly Beds® steps from the festival. This year's Canadian Tulip Festival included:
- May 12-23, 2016
- Street performances, an International Bazaar, and a Food Emporium at Major's Hill Park, where over 300,000 tulips bloom
- New featured events, The Kaleidoscope Community Quilt Project; Artists in the Tulips at Major's Hill Park and Commissioners Parks
- Music in the Tulips, Talented musicians from coast to coast will serenade visitors at Major's Hill Park
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