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Tulip Festival

March 26, 2014 - Experience Ottawa

The Tulip Festival will be May 9 - May 19th, 2014. We certainly hope that the weather is nice by then and all the tulips are up!

The Tulip Festival is a fun event in Ottawa and is known world-wide. In case you did not know, here is a quick history about why we have the Tulip Festival in Ottawa every year:

The world's largest tulip festival, now encompassing an 10-day celebration each May, was established in 1953 to preserve the heritage of Canada's role in liberating the Dutch during the Second World War. The symbolic tulip – Ottawa's official flower – was given as a gift in perpetuity to the Canadian people for having provided safe harbour to the Dutch Royal Family during the German Occupation of the Netherlands. The tulip remains a valuable symbol of friendship and of spring, with special meaning to the people of Canada and its National Capital Region.  Courtesy: http://tulipfestival.ca/site/about/en