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A Tip Toe through the "Tulips" (and one lone Narcissus).

1037 views Janet Conn May 5, 2021 Carling / Booth, Ottawa, ON K1S, Canada Date shot: May 4, 2021

Ottawa's beautiful display of Tulips during this second Virtual "Tulip Festival". So nice and relaxing to social distance, wear a mask and enjoy the Spring blooming. These were taken at Dow's Lake (Commissionaire's Park). Following the end of the Second World War in 1945, when Canada had liberated the Netherlands, Princess Juliana presented Canada with 100,000 tulip bulbs as a gesture of gratitude for . Since then, the tulip has become a symbol to represent the friendship between the Netherlands and Canada. Also a thank you for allowing the Dutch Royal Family to be evacuated to Canada during the Nazi occupation of Netherlands and especially for making a wing of the Civic Hospital Dutch Territory so that her daughter Margriet could be born a Dutch Citizen and a Princess. Today there can be up to 3 million tulips blooming in the National Capital Region of which 20,000 a year are received from the Netherlands (and that doesn't include those on private property).

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