Ottawa Tulip Festival

One of millions of tulips that cover Ottawa each spring.

One of the thousands of tulips that cover Ottawa each spring.

One of the highlights of springtime in Ottawa is the annual tulip festival.

In 1945, the Dutch royal family sent 100,000 tulip bulbs to Ottawa as a thank you for Canadians having sheltered Princess Juliana and her daughters for three years during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands during World War II. During their time in Canada Princess Juliana gave birth to a daughter, Margriet at the Ottawa Civic Hospital. The maternity ward was declared to be a temporary international territory so that she would inherit only Dutch citizenship from her mother.

In 1946, Juliana sent another 20,500 bulbs requesting that a display be created for the hospital, and continued to send 10,000 more bulbs each year during her reign.

Here are a few images from my walk around the festival.