Welcome spring at the world's largest tulip festival! This popular annual event features massive tulip displays, family fun and more.
Over 11 days each May, the Canadian Tulip Festival celebrates the seasonal flower’s beauty and its historic ties to Canada’s capital. The outdoor event takes place at Commissioners Park, where over 300,000 tulips bloom alongside the Rideau Canal's picturesque Dows Lake. Access to the site and select programming is free!
Tulips (day and night), kids fun and souvenirs
Take photos and selfies amongst the dozens of multicoloured garden beds; visit the heritage display to learn about the historic gift of tulips which led to the festival’s creation; shop for fresh cut flowers, crafts, art and more at the tulip boutique; take the kids to the Tulip Town activity area; and enjoy lit garden beds and a blacklight boardwalk experience after dark.
Tours, workshops and movies
Consider getting tickets to special guided tours that delve into the fascinating flowers in the daytime (virtual option also available) and spooky historical tales in the evening. Additional free programming includes daily outdoor movies at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., as well as a new sound and light Show every evening on the blacklight boardwalk at 9:15 p.m.
The festival began with a special gift. The Royal Family of the Kingdom of the Netherlands took refuge in Ottawa during the Second World War, and Her Royal Highness, Princess Margriet was born here in 1943. Two years later, Canadian troops played a key role in liberating the Netherlands. In gratitude, the Dutch government has sent Canada a gift of tulip bulbs every year since 1945, inspiring what has become the Canadian Tulip Festival.