Ottawa-Gatineau Tulip Festival begins May 3

Something to celebrate: tulips and spring! (photo by Lucy Martin)

Tulip events have been part of Ottawa since 1953 – a way of commemorating Canada’s role in liberating the Netherlands during WW II, and hosting members of the Dutch royal family during the same conflict.

The festival itself has seen changes and challenges, including more difficulty predicting just when tulips will be at their peak.

Here’s a summary of this year’s Ottawa-Gatineau Tulip Festival by the Ottawa Citizen’s Tom Spears. He reports that a shift in tone this year is more events that are free. Various events and activities (and all that strolling to look) are¬†spread out across May 3-20.

The main Festival website has a “tulip meter” to indicate best flowerbed conditions.¬†

I hope the tulips are growing well in your corner of the region.

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