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Canadian Tulip Festival

Canadian Tulip Festival by cnmeriel

A hundred thousand tulip bulbs bloomed into an international peace tradition. The bulbs were given to Canada as a gift of thanks from the Netherlands’ Princess Juliana for providing safe harbor during World War II. The flowers attracted tourists. The spring flowering grew into the 18-day Canadian Tulip Festival in Ottawa (May 1-18, 2009), with 3 million tulips now on display along a 15-km route. All tulip park entry is free, though there is a charge for various performances. See more at www.tulipfestival.ca.— Laurie Borman