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The Canadian Tulip Festival

Last updated on January 25, 2021

The Canadian Tulip Festival was established to celebrate the historic Royal gift of tulips from the Dutch to Canadians immediately following the Second World War as a symbol of international friendship. The Festival preserves the memorable role of the Canadian troops in the liberation of the Netherlands and Europe, as well as commemorates the birth of Dutch Princess Margriet in Ottawa during World War II—the only royal personage ever born in Canada.

This festival is governed by a non-profit charitable organization Board of Directors Chaired by Mr. Nicolas McCarthy.

The Canadian Tulip Festival has been celebrating the tulip, an international symbol of friendship and peace, since 1953. The first Canadian Tulip Festival was led by the Ottawa Board of Trade (now the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce), at the suggestion of world renowned photographer Malak Karsh.

Contact the Canadian Tulip Festival

Have a question? Need information? Requests can be made by phone at 613-567-5757, ext. 102 or toll free at 1-800-668-8547, ext. 102, or by email at, or by filling out the form below.

Please complete the form at   and a member of our team will respond to you within 24 hours. Please note that responses may take a little longer due to the volume during the Festival. 

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