The Canadian Tulip Festival – 1 DAY

National Capital Region (Ottawa-Gatineau)

The 2017 Canadian Tulip Festival commences Friday, May 12, 2017. First held in 1953, the Canadian Tulip Festival has grown to become the largest Tulip Festival in the world. With more than 3 million tulips on display, the festival attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors to the National Capital Region each May. It all started in 1945 when Princess Juliana of the Netherlands presented Ottawa with 100,000 tulip bulbs as a thank-you gift for providing the Dutch Royal family a safe haven during the Second World War. Today, these stunning blooms have become the National Capital’s spring highlight.

Tulip Route

Always a popular destination, Commissioners Park, located at Dow's Lake, is open to visitors from all over the world. In spring, over one million tulips in more than 50 varieties bring the National Capital Commission’s (NCC) flower beds to life. The highest concentration in the region – some 300,000 can be found in Commissioners Park during the Canadian Tulip Festival. Visit the NCC’s Tulip Legacy Exhibit at Dow's Lake and discover the fascinating details of the events that led to the “Gift of Tulips”.

Major’s Hill Park: festival Central

Major’s Hill Park, the Canadian Tulip Festival’s main activity site will officially be open throughout most of the month with events to celebrate the spring season. In Partnership with the NCC, the official gardener of Canada’s Capital, Major’s Hill Park will feature must-see extraordinary Kaleidoscope tulip beds. Children and family oriented activities and the International pavilion are back. The pavilion will host 20 or more participating embassies and local community groups. Come out and enjoy cultural entertainment on the International Friendship Stage, taste exotic cuisine, explore new worlds, learn about other countries and their history, plan your next trip or shop for souvenirs from around the world.

DAY 1 Canadian Tulip Festival Itinerary

Meet your Amerigo Tours guide and start your journey aboard a comfortable air-conditioned motor coach. Tour Downtown Ottawa, continuing along Wellington Street and Sussex Drive. See the Rideau River Falls, International Embassies, 24 Sussex – the official residence of the Prime Minister of Canada – and Rideau Hall – the official residence of Canada's Governor General. Embark onto the Canadian Tulip Festival Tulip Route, showcasing over 1 million colourful tulip bulbs of over 100 varieties in bloom. Stop at Dow’s Lake to enjoy a walking tour among over 300,000 tulip flowers blooming in flower beds of Commissioners Park beside Dow's Lake.
Time for lunch at Buffet des Continent Restaurant (soft drink included)
Depart to RCMP Rockcliffe Stables
Arrive at RCMP Rockcliffe Stables. Your guide will take you on a tour of the Musical Ride Centre, museum and stables, including Riding School, Farrier Station, Tack Room and the state Landau ("carriages") used in royal escorts of Her Majesty the Queen.
Continuation of city tour, including the ByWard Market in Lower Town and Rideau Canal followed by some time to spend on your own in this scenic part of the Nation's Capital.
Arrive at Parliament
Visit interior of Parliament
Depart for home
Tour of Parliament subject to availability. Additional fees may apply.

Hours of operations

  • Major's Hill Park will be open: Weekdays 11:00 AM – 08:00 PM / Weekends 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM.
  • Note: Exact hours of operation and dates to be confirmed. Please see Canadian Tulip Festival for more information.
  • Questions or special requests? Contact us or call anytime 1-866-381-TOUR (8687).

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