Ottawa Tulips. Photo by Ray Pilon.
Ottawa Tulips. Photo by Ray Pilon.

Ottawa Tulip Festival - May 9-19, 2014

Officially known as the Canadian Tulip Festival (or in french, Le Festival Canadien de Tulipes Ottawa-Gatineau), this year's event takes place in Ottawa from May 9-19, 2014. Millions of tulips will blossom again, creating an exotic mosaic of colour and beauty in Ottawa and Gatineau.

News & notes for 2014

  • The 62nd edition of the Ottawa Tulip Festival runs from May 9-19, 2014.
  • The main Festival events will take place at Dow's Lake, with satellite events in LIttle Italy, the Glebe, and other neighbourhoods.
  • For more info you can call the Tulip Hotline at 1 800 66-TULIP or visit the official web site at Includes a "Tulip Meter" indicating the state of the tulips when they are in bloom.
  • Close to one million tulips of 100 varieties, and thousands of other spring flowers, will bring the NCC’s flower beds to life. Read more...
  • See also: OttawaStart Blog: Tulip Festival
  • See also: Tulip Festival 2014 Visitor Highlights

2014 Event Highlights

  • Eleven days of tulips, pageantry and festivities at Dow’s Lake, Ottawa.
  • New International Floral Fireworks program, opening with a special tribute to veterans, Friday night, May 9th, over Dow’s Lake.
  • New Cirque de Liberation attraction at Queen Juliana Park, Dow’s Lake.
  • Capital Sounds music series, every day from 11:30am-7:30pm at Commissioners Park. Local favourites and popular touring artists will appear throughout the Festival, performing everything from stompin country to electro-pop, rock alternative, sultry jazz, soulful rap, Celtic sounds and more. May 9 features The Hornettes, The Parallels and Zoo Legacy. Other headliners during the festival include The Jivewires, Lindsay Broughton, We Are Monroe, and Open Sky. Local and emerging performers include The Watter Brothers, Amasic, The Maria Hawkins Band, and Sabrina Fallah. Finally, rock out to classic favourites from cover bands like The Captain Fantastic Band (a musical tribute to Elton John) and The Retro Rats (50s, 60s, and 70s favourites).
  • More details about these events and more are available here:
    Tulip Festival 2014 Visitor Highlights

Address / Location

  • The largest concentration of tulip blooms is in Commissioner’s Park beside Dow’s Lake, with more displays along the Tulip Route on Queen Elizabeth Drive and Parliament Hill as well as in Major’s Hill Park behind the Chateau Laurier Hotel beside Parliament Hill, and in Jacques Cartier Park across the Outaouais River in Gatineau.

  • We've had several emails from readers and tourists looking for a Tulip Festival address to plug into their GPS. Although the Tulip Festival takes place at several locations, the biggest and best tulip display is close to Dow's Lake at 870 Carling Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, K1S 5S8. The closest intersection is Carling Avenue and Preston Street.
  • A convenient hop‐on hop‐off shuttle service will operate each day during the Festival between downtown hotels and the main tulip beds and activities at Dow’s Lake, with stops in the Tulip Route Neighbourhoods of Little Italy and The Glebe. Routes and stops will be posted on the Festival web site a week before opening and maps will be available at the Dutch Kiosk, easily recognizable in Commissioner’s Park.
  • For an eco‐friendly fitness tour, the Festival’s Tulip Traxion program features sel­‐guided biking, walking or jogging along the tulip viewing routes.
  • There is some paid parking available across from the Dow's Lake Pavilion. There's limited on-street parking nearby, including on the north side of Carling Avenue.
  • OC Transpo bus routes 6, 85, 101, 102, 118 all stop somewhat near to Queen Juliana Park.

Did you know?

  • Ottawa's tulip tradition started after the Second World War. The Dutch government and royal family donated over 100,000 tulip bulbs to Canada as a "thank you" for the generosity and help of Canadians during the war. Each year, the Dutch royal family still sends 20,000 bulbs to Canada.Read more...
  • The Ottawa Tulip Festival is the largest tulip festival in the world.

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