Many of Ottawa's tulips are descended from ones sent from the Netherlands in appreciation after World War II. During the War, the Dutch Royal Family took refuge in Ottawa. Canadian troops played a major role in the liberation of Holland. Ottawa celebrates its tulips with the Tulip Festival in May, when numerous musicians and other entertainers from across the country perform. Even after the tulips are gone, the city is a dazzling colourful display of summer flowers and autumn leaves -- until the winter brings thick blankets of snow!

1999 Richard McGuire

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