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 120 flower beds, across 30 different locations.
Traditionally, the flower beds in Commissioners Park set the scene for the Canadian Tulip Festival, an event the NCC is proud to support.
New in 2021
The 2021 tulip season will be like no other. Tulips will bloom, but we ask you to be safe as you admire them.
- Be COVID-safe: Follow directives from local and provincial public health authorities.
- Avoid crowds: Find your way to less-visited destinations, and visit popular sites at off-peak times. Use our interactive map to help you find hidden gems tucked away from the crowds.
Canadian Tulip Festival
To discourage crowding, the festival’s organizers will be holding the event online in 2021. Experience the tulips using our partner’s immersive virtual experience.
Hope is growing
Yellow is the international colour of hope, and we can all use a little more of that. That’s why we’re joining Communities in Bloom in their Hope is Growing initiative. In 2021, you’ll see more yellow tulips in our flower beds. Keep an eye out for these special tulips!
Tulips of thanks
Special tulip planters will brighten the entrances of the Ottawa Hospital’s Civic Campus and the Hôpital de Hull - CISSS de l’Outaouais. This is our way of saying thanks to our frontline workers who work tirelessly to keep us all safe and healthy.
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Tulips are blooming all over the Capital.
Discover Tulips in the Capital
Here are our top spots for tulip gazing in the Capital:
As this park is our major tulip display site, there are 30 planting beds, with over 100 varieties of spring bulbs. Early-, middle- and late-season tulips are strategically distributed to ensure that we have a beautiful display of tulips throughout the month of May.
This park features the Queen Juliana Gift Bed that has tulip bulbs received as gifts from the Netherlands. It also features a test bed, where our landscape architects test new tulips before mass planting them in our regular flower beds.
As Parliament Hill is under construction, the front lawn is closed. In 2021, we have added 32 portable planters in the main walk by the Centennial Flame. The tulips blooming here are “Canada 150” (white with red flames), “Fireworks” (yellow with red flames) and “Canadian Liberator” (red).
Major's Hill Park
Major’s Hill Park is the second-most exceptional site to see tulips blooming in the spring. A warm yellow, orange, pink and cream palette fills the tulip beds at Major’s Hill Park.
Along the Rideau Canal, you will find the Olympic Garden. In the spring, “Olympic Flame” (yellow and red flames) tulips are paired with “Firewings” (yellow and red flames), a tulip with reversed colours surrounding the bronze statue bearing an Olympic torch.
At the Maplelawn Garden, you will find the Canadian-grown tulips from Prince Edward Island, “Ladies Night” (rose pink) and “Peacekeeper” (purple). They are middle-season, solid-colour blooms.
Canadian Museum of History
At the Canadian Museum of History, across from Jacques-Cartier Park, a display of late-season peony tulips in bright cheerful colours can be seen, welcoming travellers on the Quebec side of the Alexandra Bridge.
This map can help you identify the many locations of our tulip beds.