Canadian Tulip Festival

Festival in Ottawa

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After the winter thaw, Ottawa explodes with color as beds of over 200 species of tulips come to life. Over 100,000 bulbs were gifted to the city in 1945 by the Dutch royal family in gratitude for Canada sheltering their Princess and her daughters during the war. Festivities include parades, regattas, car rallies, dances, concerts and fireworks.