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The Canadian Tulip Festival

First held in the year of 1953 as a Board of Trade initiative, under the inspiration of the internationally renowned photographer Malak Karsh, The Canadian Tulip Festival has grown to become the largest Tulip Festival in the world. This annual ritual of spring welcomes more than 500,000 visitors every year to admire 1 million tulips that are in bloom in the National Capital during this period.

Inspired by the annual gift of tulips from the Netherlands for Canada’s role in liberating the Dutch people during the Second World War and for providing safe harbour to members of the Dutch Royal family in Ottawa, where Dutch Princess Margriet was born in 1943, the only royal personage ever born in North America. From this special relationship between the people of Canada and the Netherlands the tulip has grown to become a floral symbol of international friendship, and is the official flower of Ottawa.

The 61st edition of the Canadian Tulip Festival will take place May 3-20 throughout Ottawa's central core and will feature a variety of events for locals and visitors to get out and enjoy. For more information you can visit the website at
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