The 2023 edition of the Tulip Festival will take place at Commissioners park from May 12th to 22nd 2023.
- 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 at Commissioners Park from 10 AM to 10 PM.
- Tulip Legacy Walking Tour: Daily from 10am to 6pm. Professionally guided tours through Commissioners Park. Get in-depth historical and horticultural information during this 45 minute tour. Cost is 10$ per person and children under the age of 12 are free.
- Mini-Markets: Daily from 10am to 10pm. Enjoy a taste of the ByWard and Parkdale Markets without leaving the Tulip Festival grounds
- Tulips at Night: Daily from 8-10pm. Lit beds and our Blacklight boardwalk bring tulips to life at night. See them like the pollinators do.
- Movies & Tulips: Daily at 2pm and 7:30pm (weather permitting). Come and watch a movie in the park. Audience members are encouraged to bring food and blanket. To see the movie lineup, click here.
- Ghosts of the Glebe Walking Tour: Faily 8pm to 9:30pm. Cost is 20$ per person and children under the age of 12 are free.
- Sound & Light Show: A 10 minute production starting daily at 9:15pm, weather permitting.