Spring is most certainly a time to celebrate, and what better place to do so than at the annual Canadian Tulip Festival in Ottawa. This year, the festival features new locations and new events, so be savvy and check out the scoop on what to do and where to do it before heading out.
One thing we won’t miss is the Mother’s Day Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. On May 11 and 12 between 10 am and 5 pm, costumed hosts will lead kids through a variety of crafts and games, while moms are treated to sweet snacks and a family film in the garden.
Most of the big action takes place daily at the International Pavilion, which is in a new location this year at Marion Dewar Plaza outside City Hall. The Pavilion will feature artisans selling lovely crafts from around the world, delicious food from several exotic locales and plenty of hands-on activities, like games and cultural traditions from other countries. It’s also the location of the Friendship Stage, where free concerts will be held day and night throughout the festival.
Lastly, no trip to the Tulip Festival would be complete without a tiptoe through the flowers themselves. The best beds are located in Commissioners Park near Dow’s Lake. This year, you can also take a Capital Velofest guided bike tour of the beautiful gardens on weekends at 9 am or 1 pm’it’s free, but registration is required.
Good to Know: The 61st Canadian Tulip Festival begins tomorrow, and runs through May 20. Most activities and events are free, and they also offer a free toddler-friendly shuttle bus.
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Tested by Lynn J., Ottawa
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