Canadian Tulip Festival 2020


This years Tulip Festival will be held from May 8th to 18th. However, because of the current situation due to COVID-19, all of the events will be streamed online.


  • The Canadian Tulip Festival attracts some 600,000 visitors making it the largest tulip festival in the world.
  • The Canadian Tulip Festival is also a celebration of the return of spring. It features over a million tulips of 50 different varieties.
  • 1953 marks the first Canadian Tulip Festival after a suggestion of late photographer Malak Karsh who was considered the founder of the Canadian Tulip Festival. Malak Karsh now has a tulip bed dedicated to him near the Canadian Museum of History.
  • Every year, the Netherlands continue to give 20,000 bulbs to Ottawa.
  • The largest site of the Tulip Festival is in Commissioners Park, on the banks of Dows Lake, which has over 300,000 tulips!


This year’s edition of the Canadian Tulip Festival will take place online. Please DO NOT head over to Commisioners Park to view the tulips as it is CLOSED! Please STAY HOME and STAY SAFE!

For more information or detailed programming, the Canadian Tulip Festival official website

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