RCAF Centennial Celebrations | May 10-20, 2024Le centenaire de l’ARC | 10 - 20 Mai, 2024
MAY 10-20, 2024

Festival Dates

Entrance Fee

Admission is FREE

Festival Location

Commissioners Park

Schedule at a Glance

Shop the Tulip Market

Open 10am – 10pm daily.

A curated selection of Handcrafted Tulip Merchandise from regional artisans.  #SHOPLOCAL

Pick up official merchandise, fresh cut tulip bouquets and potted tulips too! All proceeds support the Canadian Tulip Legacy. 

Movies in the Park

FREE Children’s Matinees: 2pm daily.

FREE Family-Friendly Features: 7pm nightly.

Some showings are live Workshops and Activities. Always check this website and the weather before heading to the park! Shows are weather dependent, updates will be posted.

Blacklight Boardwalk

Alight from 8pm – 10pm nightly, FREE.

Learn about the importance of pollinators in the only blacklit tulip garden in the world.

See the flowers like the bees and butterflies do, in the glowing UV Spectrum. Experience over 1000 blooms along the Dows Lake Boardwalk. 

“Operation Manna” Show

A FREE 10-minute show starting at 9pm nightly.

Experience “Operation Manna”, one of the most important and enduring RCAF missions of the Second World War. 

Located on Dow’s Lake Blacklight Boardwalk. Flashing Lights, Fog and Loud Noises. Weather permitting.

Our Location

The Canadian Tulip Festival is located at Commissioners Park in Ottawa. Click on the image to get directions from your location using Google Maps. There is no on site parking. Visit our How to get to the Festival section to see alternatives. 

Road Closures

Road closures for Queen Elizabeth Drive from Preston Street to Torrington Avenue on the following dates and times.
  • Saturday May 11: 10am – 6pm
  • Sunday May 12: 10am – 6pm
  • Saturday May 18: 10am – 6pm
  • Sunday May 19: 10am – 6pm


The park is flat with paved pathways. The bulk of our activities take place in the upper half of the park. 
ParaTranspo typically stops and picks up at Dows Lake Pavilion and is very familiar with the location. Guests who need shelter can wait in the lobby of the pavilion. 
We do have a small number of wheelchairs available at no charge. We simply ask that guests sign them out with a piece of photo id. Wheelchairs are available at the Dows Lake Pavilion Info Centre. 
Accessible washrooms are available on site at each restroom area. 
Accessible street parking can be found on Dows Lake Road. Accessible placard must be visible or cars will be ticketed. 

How to get to the Festival

Drive & Park

There is very limited parking at Commissioners Park. The Dows Lake parking lot is likely going to be unavailable due to construction. Paid parking is available at the Experimental Farm. Additional lots can be found on Preston street and Champagne Avenue. It is approximately a 5-20 minute walk depending on the lot you choose. Accessible street parking can be found on Dows Lake Road. Accessible placard must be visible or cars will be ticketed. 

Use Google Maps to search for additional parking in the Festival area. 

Public Transit

Taxi, Uber and OC Transpo are all great options to get to the park. If you are taking a Taxi or Uber, please ask them to let you off on Carling Avenue to avoid traffic delays. Some street closures will make travel around the  Dows Lake Pavilion difficult. 

Additionally you can take OC Transpo. Follow the link below to the OC Transpo Planner to plan your route. Please note the light rail runing south is not in operations. 

Take the Tulip Shuttle

Thanks to our friends at Cobblestone Tours, the Tulip Shuttle will be making stops between downtown Ottawa hotels and attractions and the Festival grounds. For a small fee, you can have one-way or round-trip transportation. 

For a full list of stops and to purchase tickets, visit the Tulip Shuttle page.