From May 12-22 Ottawa will host the 65th anniversary of the multiple-award winning Canadian Tulip Festival. As the Capital’s official flower, it’s not surprising that Ottawa hosts the largest Tulip festival in the entire world. The tulip is celebrated as a “symbol of international friendship and peace,” a couple values that we need to extol a little bit more of these days, if you ask me.

The Canadian Tulip Festival is produced by the Canadian Tulip Legacy, a non-profit charitable organization established to celebrate the historic Royal gift of tulips from the Dutch to Canadians as a symbol of international friendship while preserving the legacy of the role of the Canadian troops in the liberation of Europe, and the birth of Dutch Princess Margriet in Ottawa during World War II—the only royal personage ever born in Canada.

And the festival organizers have some amazing stuff planned this year:

Special for 2017: the Festival is celebrating both Canada’s 150th Birthday and its 65th anniversary with four distinct venue experiences across Ottawa-Gatineau:
Lansdowne Park Tulip Gallery – Friendship, Floral and Art Experience;
Dow’s Lake/Commissioners Park – Living Tulip Experience;
Byward Tulip Park(ing) – Urban Tulip Experience; and
Garden Promenade Tulips – City Tulip Tour Experience.
This kind of wonderful growth could not happen without support from the community, generous sponsors, hundreds of volunteers and all levels of government.  Thank you to all as we come together to celebrate ONE TULIP – ONE CANADA!

Learn more at http://www.tulipfestival.ca/about/tulip-legacy-history/