The history of Ottawa’s famous Canadian Tulip Festival

Photos and facts show the roots of Ottawa’s colorful festival

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This year marks the 70th annual Canadian Tulip Festival in Ottawa, and it will feature more than a million flowers, 100 varieties and countless photo opportunities.

But before you venture into Commissioners Park to visit the spring beauties, take a few minutes to brush up on the roots of this colorful Ottawa tradition. Through photographs and clippings from the archives of this newspaper, see how the Tulip Festival’s roots began with the Dutch connection and how the festival has grown and flourished over seven decades in Ottawa.

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