The Canadian Tulip Festival is a celebration founded on international friendship with the 1945 presentation of 100,000 tulip bulbs from Princess Juliana of the Netherlands to Ottawa, Canada’s capital, given in appreciation of the safe heaven that members of Holland’s exiled royal family received during World War II in Ottawa and in recognition of the role which Canadian troops played in the liberation of the Netherlands.
The Canadian Tulip Festival is also a celebration of the return of spring, with over a million tulips in 50 variations blooming in public spaces across the National Capital Region. The highest concentration of tulips can be viewed in the flower beds of Commissioners Park, on the banks of Dow’s Lake, where 300,000 flowers bloom. The National Capital Commission (NCC) manages more than 100 beds of tulips at 30 different sites.
|8:00 am||Depart from the Kingston Shrine Club (3260 Princess St at Collins Bay Rd) and travel to our Nation’s Capital.|
|10:30 am||Arrive at Rideau Hall for a guided tour of the grounds and Rideau Hall.|
|11:45 am||Travel to the Byward market in time to wander and browse this wonderful area with its quaint booths, craftspeople and markets and time for lunch on your own.|
|1:30 pm||Visit to Major Hill Park to enjoy over one million tulips! Established in 1874, the park offers a panoramic view of several major attractions, including Parliament Hill, the Ottawa River, the Museum of Civilization , the National Gallery and Notre-Dame Basilica|
|2:30 pm||Guided Rideau Canal cruise. From the boat you will enjoy the best view possible of one of the engineering marvels of the nineteenth century, the Rideau Canal. Our guide will show you this major part of Canadian history as no one else is able to. Along the way you will be shown many of the major sites that have led to the development and rise of Ottawa as a city and a seat of government. We will travel along the Rideau Canal to Dows Lake and then return|
|4:00 pm||Visit to Commissioner’s Park to walk among the tulips, visit the numerous booths, purchase tulips and enjoy the beauty that surrounds you. In the spring, Commissioners Park is home to the Capital’s most dazzling display of over 300,000 tulips. During the Canadian Tulip Festival and the Tulip Legacy Exhibit held here each spring, winding pathways will lead you through an explosion of colour in the gardens of Commissioners Park making the spring a wonderful time to take a quiet break in the park with the beautiful views of Dows Lake in the background.|
|5:00 pm||To complete our day, we will have dinner together in Ottawa.|
|6:30 pm||After a great day in our Nations’ capital, we begin our journey home.|
|9:00 pm||Approximate arrival back in Kingston.|
- Payment is due in full at the time of booking.
- Acceptable forms of payment are cash, cheque, debit, Visa or Mastercard.
- Refunds are not available within 30 days of travel date.
- Bookings are transferable.
|9:00 am||Depart from Brockville Food Basics|
|8:30 am||Depart from Gananoque Hwy 2 Car Pool Lot|
|8:00 am||Depart Depart Kingston Shrine Club 3260 Princess Street (parking)|
|7:30 am||Depart Napanee Flying J Northeast Corner of the Parking Lot|
|7:00 am||Depart Belleville Maple Leaf Office at 81 Millennium Parkway (parking)|
LUNCH ON YOUR OWN: LET US HELP PLAN YOUR LUNCH!
Before the show enjoy time on your own to discover one of the many of the scrumptious local restaurants before the show! Mirvish would love to assist you in finding the perfect place, please click below for a interactive guide on the local eateries in the area of the theatre you are attending.
BEFORE YOU GO
- For the comfort of fellow travelers, kindly refrain from using scented products such as perfume, cologne and other fragrances.
- Tipping for driver and tour director is voluntary depending on quality of service
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