Tulip Gardens at Commissioners Park
The most spectacular display of tulips is at Commissioners Park, by the Rideau Canal in Ottawa. Close to 300,000 tulips bloom in the park’s 30 flowerbeds and nearly 60 varieties of tulips are grown at this location alone. In the larger tulip beds you’ll find unique patterns created by combining tulips of different colours and heights.
Tulips In Canada's Capital
Tulip Legacy Exhibit
Learn more about the history and tradition behind tulips in Canada’s Capital. Visit the newly redesigned Tulip Legacy Exhibit at Commissioners Park. You’ll find out about:
- Princess Juliana of the Netherlands’ stay in Ottawa,
- the birth of Princess Margriet at the Ottawa Civic Hospital,
- the role of Canadian soldiers in helping to free the Netherlands during the Second World War, and
- the Capital’s tulip tradition.
Queen Juliana Gift Bed
The Capital’s most historic flower bed is found at Commissioners Park. The Queen Juliana Gift Bed is filled with tulips given to Canada’s Capital by the Dutch Royal Family and the Dutch Bulb Growers Association. The annual gift of tulips represents the long lasting friendship between Canada and the Netherlands.