A Letter from the President

In the years since its founding in 1953, the Canadian Tulip Festival has become a part of our country’s national identity. A nationwide Ipsos Reid survey reported that the Canadian Tulip Festival consistently ranks as one of the top 5 images that come to mind for Canadians when they think of their nation’s Capital…ahead, even, of the beloved Ottawa Senator’s hockey team!

Canadian affection for the Tulip Festival is likely a result of its historical roots together with those 67 years of celebrating winter’s end amidst Ottawa’s floral spring beauty. Beauty created by Canada’s gardener, the National Capital Commission.

Drawing an estimated 600,000 national and international visitors, the Canadian Tulip Festival has served as both a celebration and a remembrance of the 1945 gift of tulips from The Netherlands to Canada that led to the founding of the festival.

Our hope is that you will enjoy our efforts, and those of our partners, to maintain and grow the Canadian Tulip Festival legacy. Welcome to spring in Canada’s Capital!


Grant Hooker
President Canadian Tulip Festival

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$15.00 CAD

The Liberation75 tulip is a early/mid blooming tulip in orange with beautiful pointed petals. They are coming directly from Holland and will arrive for distribution in late August. Shipments will start going out in early September.

Your Mission
To plant 1.1 million Liberation 75 tulips across the country, in honour of the 1.1 million Canadians who served during WWII.

Your Reward
1$ of Every Bag Purchased goes to the Royal Canadian Legion, supporting all those who have served our Country. The remainder of the funds raised will support the Canadian Tulip Festival in its ongoing mission to commemorate the role Canada played in the Second World War and more specifically in the liberation of the Netherlands.

Your Grand Prize
With every purchase of 15 Liberation75 Bulbs you will be entered to WIN 2 Tickets to Amsterdam from KLM Royal Dutch Airlines PLUS $2000 Cash!

Extra Chances to WIN!
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