Canadian Tulip Festival
The godmother of all Ottawa festivals, since 1953 the Canadian Tulip Festival has been the iconic Canadian brand synonymous with the arrival of spring in the Nation's Capital. Drawing over 600,000 Canadian and International visitors, we are the first outdoor festival of the warm-weather season, and one of Ottawa's largest and longest running signature celebrations.
The Canadian Tulip Festival represents a monumental sacrifice on the part of all Canadians in the second world war. The Gift of Tulips from the Dutch was given to all Canadians 75 years ago, in gratitude for their liberation, so the Festival itself is free to all to come and enjoy.