The Tulips are Back in Ottawa

From Liz Lesh, Sales Manager, Lord Elgin Hotel, Ottawa

Being of Dutch descent, I’ve always loved Tulips. Tulips in vases. Tulips in gardens. Tulips on paintings, and photos of tulips.  Since living in Ottawa, I do my best to appreciate the Tulip Festival and how gorgeous those 3 weeks of colour brighten up our city after our brutal and messy winters. These flowers bring life and add colour to Canal, our parks, the Byward Market, Confederations Park and our front lawns.  The Tulip is Ottawa flower and symbolizes the strong bonds of friendship between Canada and the Netherlands, forged in Canada’s role in the Liberation of the Netherlands during the Second World War.

Ranked the world’s largest tulip festival, the Canadian Tulip Festival offers tourists the opportunity to explore the colourful tulips in bloom, Dutch culture.

All of Ottawa’s tulips are lovely, but let’s talk about the ones at Dow’s Lake.
As often as I’ve cycled, run or walked around Dow’s Lake, I have to admit that I’ve taken the Tulips for granted. Sure, I’ve taken visiting friends and family to see and experience the Tulip Festival and have taken hundreds of photos of the tulips, but I’ve never noticed the myriad of colour and beauty at this time of the year, until last weekend.

I went on a mission to visit Dow’s Lake as a tourist from a different country.  Dow’s Lake is a focal point for the Tulips, as well, throughout the summer Dow’s Lake plays host to many water recreational activities. Kayaking, canoeing, boating, running, walking and cycling.

I hope you enjoy these images. In all honesty, photos don’t do the Tulip Festival any justice –– you have to see this magnificent festival in person to understand why it’s been ranked world’s largest tulip festival.

Oh, and you cannot miss the diversity of music artists during Tulip Festival, as well as captivating fireworks.

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Tourists looking at the colourful tulips at Ottawa’s Canadian Tulip Festival

Beautiful red and purple tulips in the park at the Canadian Tulip Festival in Ottawa

What to do in Ottawa by Andrew Horsfield

From Andrew Horsfield, ‘Senior’ Sales Manager at the Lord Elgin

Number one on everyone’s list when they come to Ottawa should be the museums.  Starting with the War Museum, my personal favourite, the list goes on from there.  You just can’t go wrong.   I was just at the opening of the Animals Inside Out display at the Museum of Nature and it was spectacular.   A truly fascinating display of animals shown in a unique way.   Then there is The Museum of History in Gatineau.  It is famous around the world, especially for its architecture.    Be sure to plan on an entire day to truly do this wonderful building properly.

Other than museums, the next stop you need to make is at the National Gallery.  I have spent many pleasant hours wandering through its galleries and special exhibitions.  I know there are masterpieces from around the world there, but I still find myself returning the Group of Seven Gallery and Tom Thompson.  Much of my life was spent living in North West Ontario so their paintings of the wilderness bring back many wonderful memories.

Once you have visited the Museums and the Gallery, it’s time to hit the market to enjoy some serious patio action.