Mark Your Calendars for the Platinum Jubilee Tulip Festival 

April 29, 2022 | by glebeadmin

A Celebration of the Gift of Tulips and Canada’s Role in the Liberation of the Netherlands during the Second World War”. 

The Tulip Festival is back in-person for their 70th anniversary from May 13th – 23rd at Commissioners Park. The Canadian Tulip Festival has been recognizing the sacrifices Canadian Soldiers made during the liberation of the Netherlands since 1953. 

Admission is free and the festival runs from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. every day. 

Grab tickets to a guided tour that delves into the fascinating flowers during the day (virtual option also available) and spooky historical tales at night. 

The Glebe is also home to beautiful tulips along the canal and throughout Lansdowne Park, come on down and make a day of it with the family. Take some photos and make some memories and check out our amazing patios while you’re at it! 

This year, The Tulip Festival has several attractions and tours available for every age and every interest. 

  • Tulip Legacy Walking Tour – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily 

The Tulip Legacy Walking Tour is a professionally guided tour through Commissioners Park, providing visitors with in-depth historical and horticultural knowledge of the different tulip varieties within the festival. 

  • The Tulip Team Boutique – 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily 

Browse through the Tulip Boutique brought to you by the Tulip team at RE/MAX and enjoy handcrafted tulip- themed artwork of your very own. Gorgeous artisanal pieces you won’t find anywhere else!  Many of the products are handmade and unique. 

  • Tulip Bingo – 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. daily 
  • Tulips at Night – 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. daily 

Stroll the lit garden beds at night and see tulips in a different light. 

  • Movies & Tulips – Starts at 8 p.m. daily 
  • Ghosts of the Glebe Walking Tour – 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. daily 
  • Blacklight Boardwalk – 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. daily 

See the park like a polinator.   

  • Grand Finale Fireworks – Sunday, May 22 at 10 p.m. 

Weather permitting. 

Click here to grab tickets for any of these exciting events and tours. 

The Tulip Festival serves as a beautiful reminder of the lives that were lost and the soldiers that never made it home. Click here for an interactive map of the soldiers of Ottawa who fought hard for our freedom and liberties. Meet the faces that fought in the Liberation of the Netherlands and read the stories of these brave soldiers 

Gray Line Ottawa is offering a festival shuttle service between the downtown core and Commissioners Park. Passengers will be picked up and dropped off at the following stops: Westin Ottawa, National Gallery of Canada, Fairmont Château Laurier, Lord Elgin Hotel, and Dows Lake (Commissioners Park). Service is scheduled hourly on weekdays and every half-hour on weekends (times may vary). The cost for unlimited use per person, per day is $20 round-trip ($10 one-way).