Spring has sprung Canadian Tulip Festival spreads colour
Each May, Ottawa celebrates the iconic Canadian Tulip Festival. From May 3 through 20, 2013, the event features special programming and over a million tulips on display in public areas downtown—Commissioners Park alone features 300,000 tulips!
The tulip is Ottawa’s official flower, stemming from World War II, when the Dutch Royal Family took refuge in Ottawa and Princess Margriet—the younger sister of the current Queen Beatrix—was born during their stay. Canadian troops played a pivotal role in the liberation of the Netherlands, so when the war ended and the Royal Family returned to Europe, they sent a gift of 100,000 tulip bulbs to Ottawa. The gift of tulips continues to this day.
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