Ottawa is adorned with tulips each spring during the largest tulip in the world. Read about the history & see photos of the Ottawa Tulip Festival! // dreams-etc.com

Canadian Tulip Festival

I know, I know. It’s going to be fall in a few days; the season of pumpkins and leaves that are changing color, not the season of tulips. Originally I thought about pushing this post back for awhile, but the pictures are too pretty not to share and I also thought that people might be starting to plan–or will be soon–their 2018 travels, and if that’s the case, I have a suggestion for you: the Canadian Tulip Festival in Ottawa.

Ottawa is adorned with tulips each spring during the largest tulip in the world. Read about the history & see photos of the Ottawa Tulip Festival! // dreams-etc.com

The tulip festival is the reason I went back to Ottawa, so soon after visiting the first time. As soon as I heard about it, I knew I wanted to go back with my mom to see the tulips, and so that she could visit this city that totally captured my heart. We also wanted to get there before Parliament Hill closed for renovations, so May 2017 was our year.

Ottawa is adorned with tulips each spring during the largest tulip in the world. Read about the history & see photos of the Ottawa Tulip Festival! // dreams-etc.com

Ottawa is adorned with tulips each spring during the largest tulip in the world. Read about the history & see photos of the Ottawa Tulip Festival! // dreams-etc.com

Ottawa is adorned with tulips each spring during the largest tulip in the world. Read about the history & see photos of the Ottawa Tulip Festival! // dreams-etc.com

The Canadian Tulip Festival is the biggest tulip festival in the world and the story behind it dates back to WWII. The Dutch royal family fled to Canada after the Nazi’s invaded the Netherlands and, while there, Princess Juliana became pregnant. In order for her child to be a Dutch citizen, the baby needed to be born on Dutch soil, so the hospital room she delivered her daughter in was temporarily named Dutch soil. After Canada helped liberate the Netherlands, Princess Juliana returned home, and sent 100,000 tulip bulbs to Canada as a thank you. She continued to send tulips every year, and eventually the tulip festival was formed as a way to commemorate the special relationship between Canada and the Netherlands. The Canadian Tulips Festival runs for about two weeks every year and millions of tulips bloom throughout the city.

Ottawa is adorned with tulips each spring during the largest tulip in the world. Read about the history & see photos of the Ottawa Tulip Festival! // dreams-etc.com

Ottawa is adorned with tulips each spring during the largest tulip in the world. Read about the history & see photos of the Ottawa Tulip Festival! // dreams-etc.com

Ottawa is adorned with tulips each spring during the largest tulip in the world. Read about the history & see photos of the Ottawa Tulip Festival! // dreams-etc.com

Ottawa is adorned with tulips each spring during the largest tulip in the world. Read about the history & see photos of the Ottawa Tulip Festival! // dreams-etc.com

Ottawa is adorned with tulips each spring during the largest tulip in the world. Read about the history & see photos of the Ottawa Tulip Festival! // dreams-etc.com

My birthday fell on Mother’s Day this year, so my mom and I timed our visit for Mother’s Day weekend, which was right at the start of the tulip festival. Since we were there at the beginning, there were patches of tulips that hadn’t bloomed yet, but what we were able to see was absolutely beautiful. It was so much fun to see this gorgeous city adorned with tulips.

Ottawa is adorned with tulips each spring during the largest tulip in the world. Read about the history & see photos of the Ottawa Tulip Festival! // dreams-etc.com

Ottawa is adorned with tulips each spring during the largest tulip in the world. Read about the history & see photos of the Ottawa Tulip Festival! // dreams-etc.com
Ottawa is adorned with tulips each spring during the largest tulip in the world. Read about the history & see photos of the Ottawa Tulip Festival! // dreams-etc.com

The tour guide for one of our Haunted Walks of Ottawa chatted with us about the tulips before our walk began and she said that they had a special red and white tulip this year in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary, but the white looked a bit yellow to her. I think these were the white and red tulips she was talking about. Even though they were a tinge yellow, she said they’re still special.

Ottawa is adorned with tulips each spring during the largest tulip in the world. Read about the history & see photos of the Ottawa Tulip Festival! // dreams-etc.com

Ottawa is adorned with tulips each spring during the largest tulip in the world. Read about the history & see photos of the Ottawa Tulip Festival! // dreams-etc.com

Ottawa is adorned with tulips each spring during the largest tulip in the world. Read about the history & see photos of the Ottawa Tulip Festival! // dreams-etc.com

Have you visited Ottawa during the Canadian Tulip Festival? What tulip festivals have you been to?

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Ottawa is adorned with tulips each spring during the largest tulip in the world. Read about the history & see photos of the Ottawa Tulip Festival! // dreams-etc.com

30 Comments

  1. Chelsea Jacobs

    September 20, 2017 at 9:53 am

    These pictures are stunning!!

    Reply
  2. Beth Kondrick

    September 20, 2017 at 9:54 am

    Oh my gosh! These tulips are so beautiful! I don’t know that I’ve seen so many before! How fun to go and see them in person!

    Reply
  3. Stacey Peters

    September 20, 2017 at 10:53 am

    LOL, so can anyone “conquer” their hospital room in the name of their desired country or do I have to marry a monarch? That’s too funny. I’ve been to Keukenhof and its stunning. Glad to know there is an equally beautiful tulip festival much closer to my current home.

    Reply
  4. Eli J. Pacheco

    September 20, 2017 at 11:57 am

    Awesome pics with an incredible back story. It’s a good thing the gift wasn’t sardines. This might be a very different post.

    Reply
  5. shootingstarsmag

    September 20, 2017 at 12:23 pm

    Tulips are beautiful and I love the story on how the festival began.

    -Lauren
    http://www.shootingstarsmag.net

    Reply
  6. Allison Arnone

    September 20, 2017 at 6:58 pm

    how pretty! i work in NYC right near Madison Square Park and i LOVE when they have tulips planted. they’re so pretty and more importantly, so photogenic & instagram worthy 🙂 https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/204ce12856b1cad7f45d86341782cea78f02afc05974ac4447b9a72994976a3f.jpg

    Reply
  7. Lindsay @ The Flynnigans

    September 20, 2017 at 7:15 pm

    So pretty!! When I was there, I had just missed the festival but the tulips were still just as gorgeous on that rainy day. 🙂

    Reply
  8. Alison @ Puppies & Pretties

    September 20, 2017 at 8:19 pm

    A tulip festival is definitely on my bucket list! All of your photos are wonderful!

    Reply
  9. Holly

    September 20, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    Wow this is so pretty! I totally wish I could’ve gone! xx

    http://hollyhabeck.com

    Reply
  10. Jenny

    September 20, 2017 at 9:43 pm

    This festival looks so beautiful!

    Reply
  11. Shann Eva

    September 20, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    Gorgeous! Tulips are one of my favorite flowers. I would love to be able to visit this festival some year.

    Reply
  12. Liz G

    September 20, 2017 at 10:18 pm

    I’ve heard Ottawa is gorgeous, and this tulip festival is certainly beautiful! And the origin story is so interesting!

    Reply
  13. Charlotte

    September 20, 2017 at 10:31 pm

    Oh, my goodness!!! I love the story about how Canada received its tulips 🙂 lol at Dutch soil–hey, it worked! This definitely looks like it’s worth a visit and glad you were able to go!!

    Thanks so much for sharing your lovely photos <3

    Reply
  14. Kallie

    September 21, 2017 at 7:33 am

    WOW! I’ve never seen so many tulips at once and they are one of my favorite flowers! SO pretty

    Reply
  15. Morgan Smith

    September 21, 2017 at 8:58 am

    OMG this is totally going on my bucket list!

    Reply
  16. Jordyn Galan

    September 21, 2017 at 9:58 am

    So many tulips! That is beautiful! What a unique festival.

    Reply
  17. Kimberly M

    September 21, 2017 at 10:32 am

    Oh that is absolutely beautifu. My uncle lives in Ottawa. We try to get up there every other year for a visit. We want to plan a winter one so that my son can skate on the canal. We usually go in the summer. It’s gorgeous up there. My mom went for the 150th celebrations this year.

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  18. Tiffany Twisted

    September 21, 2017 at 10:36 am

    Beautiful photographs! I love tulips, but we only see them for a few weeks in spring. I’ve never been to a tulip festival, much less heard of one…how awesome!

    Reply
  19. jenn griffin

    September 21, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    gorgeous photos! thanks for sharing. :]

    Reply
  20. Meredith

    September 21, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    The colors of these tulips are so amazing and vibrant! I had no idea that Ottawa had a tulip festival ~ Thanks for sharing!

    Reply
  21. Marissa Wehrer

    September 21, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    This is so beautiful and dreamy! I would love to go to any flower festival.

    Reply
  22. Hanna J Smith

    September 21, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    We get a few tulips growing here in New Hampshire and they are just so perfect! I looked all around us for a Tulip Festival thinking surely Maine was cold enough but I wasn’t able to find any! 🙁

    Reply
  23. Jenna Urben

    September 21, 2017 at 5:32 pm

    It’s a dream of mine to visit here one day!! We have a tulip field just north of Dallas and I love going 🙂

    Reply
  24. Ruthie Ridley

    September 21, 2017 at 6:49 pm

    This looks so fun!! I would love to visit one day!!

    Reply
  25. Marie Ndiaye

    September 21, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    This looks so beautiful! This might be more easily attainable on my bucket list than the tulip fields in Holland.

    Reply
  26. Dr. K. Lee Banks

    September 21, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    Oh my, just gorgeous! Love all the pictures! And now I want to plant tulips next spring. This also reminds me of a love story involving my parents, who are sadly gone now. My parents met while they were in the military, in Germany. One thing led to another, and Dad proposed to Mom in a tulip garden in Holland!

    Reply
  27. Erica @ Coming up Roses

    September 22, 2017 at 6:54 am

    GIRL, this is GORGEOUS. BRB, I’m coming up for the next one!!!

    Reply
  28. Yolanda

    September 22, 2017 at 7:12 am

    I’ve always wanted to go to this in the spring – just a 4 hour drive from Toronto. Maybe next year. So so beautiful.

    Reply
  29. Taylor Smith

    September 22, 2017 at 9:17 am

    Tulips are so beautiful! I am so jealous of this beautiful view!

    Reply
  30. Chelsie Carr

    September 24, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    It has been on my bucket list to go to a tulip festival – I see so many photos and they are so beautiful!

    Reply

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