Visiting The Tulip Festival in Ottawa

Ottawa, Ontario
May 16-17,2015

It’s that time of the year when the Tulips are in full booom and a neighboring city of Toronto, Ottawa, celebrates it at the grandest way called the Canadian Tulip Festival. People from neighboring cities and towns (even american tourists from as far as Florida) would visit and flock in Ottawa to visit the many varieties of Tulips thats in bloom all over the city. The major attraction and the majority of Tulips planted are located in Commissioners Way near Dows Lake in the center.

The Canadian Tulip Festival is a celebration founded on international friendship with the 1945 presentation of 100,000 tulip bulbs from Princess Juliana of the Netherlands to Ottawa, Canada’s capital, given in appreciation of the safe haven that members of Holland’s exiled royal family received during World War II in Ottawa and in recognition of the role which Canadian troops played in the liberation of the Netherlands.

The Canadian Tulip Festival is also a celebration of the return of spring, with over a million tulips in 50 varieties blooming in public spaces across the National Capital Region. The highest concentration of tulips can be viewed in the flower beds of Commissioners Park, on the banks of Dow’s Lake, where 300,000 flowers bloom. The National Capital Commission (NCC) manages more than 100 tulip beds at 30 different sites. – source –

The following are some of the scenes and landscapes that I have captured in Ottawa:

Sunset at Alexandra Bridge and the Parliament Hill :



Blue Hour on Parliament hill across Gatineu:



Canadian Musuem of History:



National War Memorial :




The Variety of Tulips:



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