Ottawa Tulips. Photo by Ray Pilon.
Ottawa Tulip Festival - May 3-20, 2013
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 3-20, 2013. Millions of tulips will blossom again, creating an exotic mosaic of colour and beauty in Ottawa and Gatineau. This is the 61st edition of the annual festival.
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News & notes for 2013
- The 61st edition of the Ottawa Tulip Festival runs from May 3-20, 2013.
- The main Festival events will take place in the Byward Market, Little Italy, Chinatown and other popular, core business areas.
- For more info you can call the Tulip Hotline at 1 800 66-TULIP or visit the official web site at www.tulipfestival.ca
- See also: OttawaStart Blog: Tulip Festival
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- Daily throughout the festival: International Pavilion at Tulip Plaza / Marion Dewar Plaza, City Hall. Flavours of the world - musical as well as culinary - fill the air at Festival Plaza, with live performances by groups and artists representing a multitude of local communities.
- Daily throughout the festival: The Great Canadian Tulip Treasure Hunt along The Tulip Route. Collect clues from Treasure Hunt locations and submit them online for a chance to win prizes. Look for the Treasure Hunt symbol at participating locations.
- Daily throughout the festival: Savour the Tulips at participating restaurants. Tulips may not be on the menu, but participating restaurants will offer visual as well as gastronomic feasts from prix-fixe menus, the length and breadth of our Tulip Neighbourhoods.
- Thursday-Sunday: Capital Sounds at Tulip Plaza / Marion Dewar Plaza, City Hall. Dine and dance at lunchtime and while away the evenings under the starry sky with free concerts at Tulip Plaza featuring local favourites and popular touring artists performing everything from Stompin' country to vintage R&B to Asian-inspired surf to Ukrainian power-pop.
- Saturdays & Sundays: TulipCycleon The Tulip Route. A self-guided bicycle tour along 16km of the Tulip Route will give you a touch of the flavour of the festival and the beauty of the blooms.
- Friday & Saturday, May 17 & 18: Carnival of Fire in
Little Italy, Preston St. The air is alive as flame-throwers and jugglers light up Preston for a street party like no other. Fun will be had.
- May 19: Tulip-polo-za in
Little Italy, Preston St. Fast and furious action as local players engage in the innovative sport of bicycle polo. No ponies; just polo. Watch and learn.
- May 19: Lake of Fire at Dows Lake. The festival brings it all back home with a sensational display of fireworks over the lake at 9pm. It's a Victoria Day weekend send-off to wrap up another springtime celebration in spectacular fashion.
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Address / Location
- 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 location, the biggest and best tulip display is at Queen Juliana Park. Address: 870 Carling Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, K1S 5S8.
- The closest intersection is Carling Avenue and Preston Street.
- 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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