The Canadian Tulip Festival is one of the prettiest festivals held in Ottawa city each year. This year the festival runs from May 12-23 this year at the indoor Aberdeen Tulip Pavilion at Lansdowne Park.
The legacy of the number of tulips in Canada’s capital city goes back to the 1940’s when the Dutch Royal Family was exiled out of the Netherlands. The family’s Princess Juliana eventually found safety in Ottawa. Princess Juliana and her children lived in safety in Canada for 5 years before going back to the Netherlands.
As a way of expressing her gratitude for her stay in Ottawa, Princess Juliana sent 100,000 tulip bulbs to the people of Canada, with a request to plant them on the grounds of the Ottawa Civic Hospital. Juliana continued to send tulip bulbs to Canada each year of her reign as Queen, which ended only in 1980.
The beautiful display of tulips around Ottawa generated great interest from Canadians and quickly became a tourist attraction at springtime. The blooming of these springtime flowers represents the end of winter and the Tulip Festival is a reminder that spring has arrived.
Today, over 1 million tulips bloom throughout Ottawa, and The Canadian Tulip Festival now includes entertainment for all ages during the week that the festival runs.
As flower enthusiasts at Brant Florist, we are excited that the National Tulip Festival is here once again. This means that local tulips will be popping up around your town as well, providing beautiful reminders that spring is finally here.
These symbolic flowers bloom in so many springtime colours, the combinations are endless.
Visit our curated tulip page and bring the joy of spring home with one of our beautiful tulip arrangements.