Below is an overview of our main activities for 2023 and their hours of operation. Some activities do have a cost to participate and timings are subject to change. More information can be found on the individual activity page.
$10 per person, children 12 and under are free. Tours run every 15 minutes.
10am – 10pm daily.
Shop ’til you drop at Commissioners Park and enjoy a taste of the ByWard and Market without leaving Festival grounds!
8pm – 10:00pm daily. Stroll the lit garden beds at night and see tulips in a different light.
Matinees start at 2pm and evening movies start at 7pm daily. End times will vary based on the selections for the evening.
8pm – 10pm daily. See the park like a pollinator.
A 10-minute production starting at 9:15pm daily. Weather permitting.
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.
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.
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.
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.