The Tulip Festival in Ottawa, Canada is an annual event that honours the friendship between Canada and the Netherlands. During World War II, Princess Juliana and her three daughters were sheltered in Canada during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. In 1945, following the end of WWII, the Dutch royal family sent 100,000 tulip bulbs to Ottawa in gratitude.
Having lived in Ottawa and now as a frequent visitor, I’ve been to the Tulip Festival several times. This year, the colder temperatures meant that many many of the tulips were not yet in bloom for opening weekend. Regardless, I still managed to get some photos of the beautiful display. Check ’em out!
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