The Canadian Tulip Festival: Celebrating History and Beauty

Spring is in full bloom, and nothing quite captures its beauty like a field of tulips. And what better place to experience it than the Canadian Tulip Festival, an annual celebration of the vibrant tulips that grace the capital city of Canada, Ottawa. This year, the festival is running from May 12-22, and promises to offer an array of exciting activities and events for all ages. As a proud sponsor of the festival, The Tulip Team welcomes you to join us in this celebration of history and beauty.

Here are just a few of the activities taking place during the festival:

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Opening Ceremony

To kick off the festivities, the Royal Canadian Navy will put on an impressive display on the water at Dow’s Lake on May 12th, as a part of their partnership with the festival. On land, the Canadian Remembrance Torch will be lit and the National Band of the Naval Reserve will parade down Queen Elizabeth Drive. This is just the start of the dramatic 71st Canadian Tulip Festival that you won’t want to miss.

Legacy Walking Tour

For a more in-depth exploration of the festival’s history and horticulture, join the Tulip Legacy Walking Tour, a professionally guided tour through Commissioners Park, where you will get to learn about different tulip varieties, including the Queen Juliana Gift Bed, The Man with Two Hats historic statue, and Heritage Canada’s Dutch-Canadian War Brides Display.

Movies and Tulips

If you are a movie buff, don’t forget to check out the FREE daily movies at Commissioners Park at Dow’s Lake, where you can enjoy your own food and blankets or purchase a festival blanket and food from the vendors on site. Picnic tables are also available for your convenience, and the movie viewings are from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm and 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm.

Blacklight on The Boardwalk

For a unique experience, don’t miss the FREE Blacklight on the Boardwalk display at Dow’s Lake, where you can see the world of tulips through the eyes of a pollinator. The ultraviolet spectrum of the display will allow you to see the tulips just as bees and butterflies do, giving you a fun and educational experience of the crucial role pollinators play in our environment.

Ghosts of The Glebe

Another exciting event is the Ghosts of the Glebe walking tour, where you can hear haunting stories of the ultimate sacrifice made by Women’s Royal Canadian Naval Reservists and other soldiers who fought for freedom. Presented as a 45-minute four-person play, the tours run daily from 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm, every half-hour for $20 per person, with children 12 and under FREE.

Sound and Light Show

Don’t miss the spectacular Sound and Lights Show at the Canadian Tulip Festival either, where you can enjoy a 10-minute show combining sound, light, and storytelling, every night from 9:15 pm to 9:25 pm on the waves of Dow’s Lake. The show tells the story of HMCS Haida, Canada’s “most fightingest ship”, and the last of the twenty-seven tribal class destroyers in the world.

Tulip Festival Shuttle

To make your travel around the festival easy, hop on the Canadian Tulip Festival Shuttle that runs every day of the festival, stopping at multiple locations around the area. The cost is $15 for a one-way trip and $25 for a round trip.

Tulip Town

If you have kids, don’t forget to visit Tulip Town, which has moved to the heart of the park, and now offers a fenced play area with activities such as Tulip Chalk Wall, GIANT Chess, Checkers, group crafts, and more. Also, hop on VIA Rail’s Tiny Tulip Train from May 20th to 21st between 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, running up and down Queen Elizabeth Drive beside Dow’s Lake. A $2 donation is encouraged to support the festival.

Closing Ceremony

Immerse yourself in a poignant and memorable experience at the 71st Canadian Tulip Festival’s closing ceremony. On May 22nd, 2023, join us at HMCS Carleton by Dow’s Lake at 9:45 pm to pay tribute to the courageous men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom. Together, we will ignite the Canadian Remembrance Torch and embark on a solemn procession to the iconic Man With Two Hats statue, where we will symbolically extinguish the flame. This moving ceremony is open to all, and we encourage you to bring your cellphone, representing the light of individual candles, as we honor their memory.

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