Ottawa, Ontario, March 16, 2017: The Canadian Tulip Festival today announced a special edition of the Festival for 2017 to mark its 65th anniversary during Canada’s 150th Birthday with activities to delight all ages. A Canadian Tulip Flag - “One Tulip One Canada” will mark tulip festivity celebrations throughout the Capital.
This special 65th edition of the Festival also marks a partnership with the Canadian Garden Council to create the “Garden Promenade” as part of expansion plans to showcase and promote the Capital as a garden tourism destination - a growing segment of the tourism industry.
Featured Activities for the 2017 Special Edition
Commissioners Park Tulips – A Garden Tulip Experience
Spend some time in the tulips and enjoy live musical entertainment; watch artists at work among the tulip beds at Commissioners Park, Dow’s Lake. Take in a 1-KM explosion of over 250,000 show-stopping mass-planted tulip beds including the Queen Juliana Gift Bed and the Canada 150 tulips, the official tulip of Canada’s 150th anniversary, offered by the National Capital Commission (NCC). Interpretive signage and guided tours offer an opportunity to learn about tulips and the Capital’s flagship tulip festival.
Lansdowne Park Tulip Gallery – A Friendship, Floral and Art Tulip Experience (gated)
Aberdeen Pavilion, TD Place Stadium, the Great Lawn, and the Glebe neighbourhood comprise the primary Festival venue. Here, visitors can anticipate a showcase of events and activities including:
ByWard Tulip Park(ing) – An Urban Tulip Experience sponsored by Sterling Ford
Pop artist, Bex, creator of the Festivals One Tulip One Canada flag icon, brings his stylized tulip art to this city central marketplace with massive art installations on the City Parkade, interactive, artist-led creative workshops, plus, in collaboration with the ByWard Market BIA, animation throughout the streets and courtyards, and a host of merchant promotions throughout the neighbourhood.
Tulips on the Garden Promenade – A City Tulip Tour Experience
Delight in a self -guided or escorted showcase of Ottawa’s public gardens exploding with millions of tulips in bloom from the Governor General's residence to the Central Experimental Farm and back to Parliament Hill via Gatineau. Look for special activities in gardens such as Yoga in the Tulips.