The tulip is a symbol of international friendship and is Ottawa's official flower. The tulip legacy dates back 70 years when the Dutch government and royal family made a gift of a thousand tulip bulbs to the people of Canada as an expression of deep gratitude and friendship for the sacrifice Canadian soldiers made in liberating the Netherlands near the end of the Second World War. In 1953 an annual festival of commemoration and celebration of the tulip legacy was born. Each year, the Dutch royal family still sends 20, 000 bulbs to Canada.
Since this past weekend, Canada celebrated Victoria Day, my family and I couldn't think of a better place to visit than the capital city of Ottawa with its beautiful tulip festival. Millions of tulips adorned Parliament Hill, the banks of the Rideau Canal and Down's lake, hosting the biggest display and the festival itself. Despite the fact that some of them have already faded, I tried to capture the joy and color of these delightful spring flowers brought to our day. 

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