You may have thought it was just a Dutch thing, but each year, Canada celebrates the spring tulip season with a magnificent display of over a million blooms.
The festival signifies a special friendship between Canada and the Netherlands.
The fields of flowers became so popular, it soon grew into a festival.
Here’s why you shouldn’t miss it.
Discover Tulips 2.0
One thing you’ll discover at the tulip festival is that these flowers have really evolved over the years. There are lots of the standard ones we know and love – – fields of them, in fact – – but tulips now come in a wide variety of shapes, colors and sizes. You’ll see tall ones, fuzzy ones and interesting color combinations. Who knew?
Honor the History
In the final months of World War II, Canadian soldiers played a major role in liberating the Netherlands from Nazi occupation, and bringing food and relief to millions of people.
The tulip season is also a time to remember their sacrifice.
Get into the swing at the Cattle Castle:
In the spirit of the wartime theme, you can kick up your heels to big band tunes at a swing dance on May 19th at the Aberdeen Pavilion in Ottawa. Originally built in 1898, the restored building became known as the ‘Cattle Castle’ because it was used for agricultural exhibits.
A festival in Ottawa provides a good excuse for a Beaver Tail. This is a delectable deep-fried pastry – – essentially a flat donut – – with any number of toppings. My favorite is the classic cinnamon & sugar.
No flowery celebration would be complete without fireworks, which will be fired from Lansdowne Park on the evenings of May 21st.
Tiptoe through the tulips