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My sister goes to school in Ottawa, and she is done for the summer, so my friend and I recently took a roadtrip to bring her (and all her stuff) home.
While we were there, we did some sightseeing since it happened to be the start of the annual Tulip Festival.
The Tulip Festival is held in Ottawa every spring to commemorate the friendship between the Canadian and the Dutch people. There are plenty of events scheduled during the event including musical performances, a city-wide treasure hunt, and outdoor stalls selling food, jewelry and, of course, TULIPS!!!
They say that there are over a million tulips in bloom throughout the city during the festival, and it supposed to be the biggest tulip festival in the world.
Here is some more info from the website
The tulip was a gift in perpetuity to the Canadian people for providing a safe harbor to the Dutch Royal Family during the Second World War. The festival`s mandate is to preserve this heritage and celebrate the tulip as a symbol of international friendship by engaging local organizers, volunteers, artists, performers, tourists and festival-goers in what has become an annual ritual of spring and one of Canada`s best loved and well-known cultural events.
They also have decorated Tulip sculptures all around the city.
The one I posted has a beaver in front of it and is appropriately located at the Beavertails stall!
(If you don`t know what a Beaver tail is, you can read my post here! http://www.luuux.com/food/beavertails-1)
We ended up buying some tulip plants for our mom since mother`s day is coming up.
It was a great way to make the trip a little more worthwhile and is definitely something you should check out :)
The festival goes on until May 21st , but as mentioned, it does take place every year and is something to consider checking out! :)