As the official gardener of Canada’s Capital, the NCC is responsible for designing the beds and planting close to one million tulips of 100 varieties, in 100 flower beds, across 30 different locations. The most spectacular display of tulips is in Commissioners Park by Dows Lake, where 250,000 tulips of 60 different varieties bloom in the park’s 30 flower beds.
Tulip shoots can be seen all over the capital.
During the sesquicentennial celebrations in spring 2017, 300,000 Canada 150 tulips will be showcased in the NCC’s flower beds, and thousands more will bloom in community gardens across Canada.
The Canada 150 tulip’s elegant white bloom with streaks of red “flames” bears a striking resemblance to our maple leaf flag. The NCC partnered with the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Home Hardware, the exclusive retailer of this special tulip bulb, and Communities in Bloom for the selection and distribution of the Canada 150 tulip.
The NCC extends the tulip season by using early, mid-season and late-blooming tulips. The Google map below will help you identify the many locations of our NCC tulip beds. Then use the Tulip Meter to time your visit. To learn more about the tulip tradition and the friendship that links the Netherlands and Canada, please visit the “Tulip Legacy” Exhibit, presented by Canadian Heritage and the website of the Canadian Tulip Festival.