May 18, 2015

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