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Tiptoe Through the Tulips in Ottawa

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A May 2004 trip to Ottawa by girlfromals

Tulips in Full Bloom Photo, Ottawa, Ontario More Photos
Quote: For three weeks every May, Ottawa celebrates the world's largest tulip festival, the Canadian Tulip Festival. When one thinks of tulips, the first thought is not of Ottawa. Tiptoe through the tulips to find out how Ottawa came to host this fantastic floral festival!

Tiptoe Through the Tulips in Ottawa

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Overview

Flower Arch Photo, Ottawa, Ontario
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There are 4 Official Tulip Sites at the Canadian Tulip Festival: Major's Hill Park, Casino du Lac-Leamy, Commissioner's Park, and the Capital Infocentre and Parliament Hill. Major's Hill Park, located on MacKenzie Drive behind Chateau Laurier, is the hub of the festival. Here you will find the Artisans in the Park, the Concert Series, the International Friendship Village, restaurants, wine-tasting, and the Kids Zone with live entertainment and all kinds of things for the kids to climb on. The kids looked like they were having tons of fun! A fireworks display is also held here on the last Sunday evening of the festival. Casino d...Read More

Major's Hill Park

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Attraction | "The Tulip Festival - Major's Hill Park"

Major's Hill Park Photo, Ottawa, Ontario
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Set between the historic Market and Parliament Hill, Major's Hill Park is the hub of the Tulip Festival. This venue is buzzing with excitement. My first stop was Artisans in the Park, a large tent near the south entrance. There are dozens of artists selling their wares including paintings, clothing, woodworking, pottery, glass, fudge, and jewelry. I found some fantastic jewelry created by a Montreal artist. I purchased a lovely gold and amber bracelet. I went back another day to buy gifts! The most interesting work I saw was by a woman who used fish bones on a black background to create all kinds of scenes! These were absolutely amazing! The International Friendship Vill...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 29, 2004

Major's Hill Park
Above the Rideau Canal
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 8S7

Casino du Lac-Leamy

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Attraction | "The Tulip Festival - Tulip Explosion"

Casino du Lac-Leamy Photo, Ottawa, Ontario
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If you are interested in discovering what creative people can do with flowers, then Tulip Explosion is the event for you. The Casino du Lac Leamy hosts three weekends of design competitions: hair, haute couture, and floral arrangements. Floral fashion is highlighted on weekend one. Hairstyling competitions take place during the days leading up to the master competition on Sunday evening. The student competitions are free and the master competition costs $25 Cdn. Floral fashion is on display all weekend as well. I must say that the dresses were designer, i.e. completely unwearable but certainly fantasy-worthy, especially the wedding dress! Weekend two is all about Tu...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 29, 2004

Casino du Lac-Leamy
1, boulevard du Casino
Ottawa, Ontario
819-772-2100, 80

Commissioners Park

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Attraction | "The Tulip Festival - Commissioner's Park"

Commissioners Park Photo, Ottawa, Ontario
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Situated at Dow's Lake, Commissioner's Park is the destination for tulip lovers. Dozens of flowerbeds situated in a park shaded by large trees alongside grand old homes provide a relaxing place to ‘tiptoe through the tulips.' Begin your journey through the flowers at the west end of the park. The first flower bed is dedicated to the late Queen Juliana of the Netherlands who literally gave birth to the festival with her donations of tulip bulbs. There are a number of showy tulip varieties displayed in this bed making it one of the most photographed flower beds at the Tulip Festival. From here, follow the pathway among the trees and past the colourful tulip beds. You wi...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 29, 2004

Commissioners Park
Dow's Lake
Ottawa, Ontario

Dedication to Queen Juliana Photo, Ottawa, Ontario
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When strolling through the parks watching all the children run around and tourists taking pictures of the blooming flowers, it is hard to remember that the Tulip Festival was born out of one of Europe's darkest chapters -- World War II. When the Germans invaded the Netherlands in 1940, the Dutch royal family fled to the safety of England. Unfortunately, England was not much safer, thanks to the use of aerial bombing. Queen Wilhelmina decided to send her daughter and heir, Princess Juliana, and her two small children to Canada so that she could carry on a government-in-exile if the Queen were captured or died. Later in 1940, under the greatest of secrecy, Princess Juliana and her...Read More