A Brief History of Ottawa’s Famous Canadian Tulip Festival, Told Through Newspaper Archives

Photos and facts show the roots of the colorful festival in Ottawa

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This year marks the 70th annual Canadian Tulip Festival in Ottawa, featuring over a million flowers, 100 varieties and countless photo opportunities.

But before you head to Commissioners Park to visit the spring beauties, take a few minutes to refresh the roots of this colorful Ottawa tradition. Through photos and clippings from this newspaper’s archives, see how Tulip Festival’s roots began with the Dutch connection, and how the festival grew and thrived in Ottawa over seven decades.

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