The Canadian Tulip Festival

Ottawa - Gatineau 8 - 18 May 2015

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Original Fireworks creations over Dows Lake each night on May 9th, 14th and 17th, 9:30PM

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An extraordinary new Floral Friendship Fireworks event  has been made possible for Festival 2014 with assistance from the Government of Ontario under the Celebrate Ontario program. It will feature an extravaganza of music set to original fireworks creations over Dow’s Lake each night on May 9th, 14th and 17th, with a special tribute to veterans on opening night, May 9th. The three-night fireworks program this year is a spectacular advance showcase of international floral fireworks competitions planned as a recurring signature event each May, marking the National Capital’s reputation as a floral destination for visitors.

The 2014 edition of The Canadian Tulip Festival runs from May 9 to 19.  It is North America's largest tulip festival and is a top attraction for visitors each year to Canada's National Capital.  

The Festival has a royal history, originating in the gift of tulips from the Dutch Royal Family for Canada's role in spearheading the liberation of the Netherlands in WWII, and for providing a safe haven in Ottawa for members of the Dutch Royal Family during the war.  Since then, the tulip has become Ottawa's official flower and, each spring, the National Capital Region blooms with magnificent tulip beds planted by the National Capital Commission, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors.  

The tulip has also become the floral symbol of international friendship. Following the lead of the Netherlands with its gift of friendship to Canada, during the Festival the international community adds to the pageantry and programming with cultural displays and performances reflecting the diversity of the National Capital community.