The official tulip for Canada’s 150th anniversary is unveiled

The official tulip for Canada’s 150th anniversary is unveiled

The Canada 150 tulip, the official tulip of Canada’s 150th anniversary, was unveiled today in Commissioners Park. More than 200,000 Canada 150 tulips are blooming across the National Capital Region this spring.

The Canada 150 tulip’s elegant white bloom with red flames bears a striking resemblance to our maple leaf flag. The National Capital Commission (NCC) has partnered with the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Home Hardware, exclusive retailer of this special tulip bulb, and Communities in Bloom for the selection and distribution of the Canada 150 tulip.

During the sesquicentennial celebrations in spring 2017, 300,000 Canada 150 tulips will be showcased in the NCC’s flower beds, and thousands more will bloom in community gardens across Canada.

Quick Facts

  • The public can purchase Canada 150 tulip bulbs at participating Home Hardware stores nationwide as of September 2016, so they can enjoy the beauty of this special tulip as part of the Canada 150 celebrations in spring 2017.
  • As the official gardener of Canada’s Capital, the NCC is responsible for designing and planting close to one million tulips of 100 varieties, in 100 flower beds, which brighten the region in springtime.
  • The most spectacular display of tulips is in Commissioners Park by Dows Lake, where 250,000 tulips of 60 different varieties bloom in the park’s 30 flower beds.
  • The first tulip beds in the Capital were planted in 1945, when the Netherlands sent 100,000 tulip bulbs as a postwar gift of gratitude for the role that Canadian soldiers had played in the liberation of the Netherlands.


“It’s an honour to unveil the official Canada 150 tulip on behalf of the Government of Canada. Tulips represent springtime, rebirth and promises, which make them a powerful symbol in the lead-up to the celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday.”

—David McGuinty, Member of Parliament for Ottawa South, on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage

“The tulip represents gratitude and the long-standing friendship between Canada and the Netherlands. Blooming in the colours of Canada’s flag, Canada 150 tulips will bring both pride and joy to gardens and communities from coast to coast to coast.”

—His Excellency Cees Kole, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

“For more than 70 years, residents and visitors to the Capital have marvelled at the extraordinary bursts of colour each spring as our tulips bloom. This is why it is so wonderfully appropriate to celebrate the sesquicentennial with the Canada 150 tulip, blooming Canada-wide next spring.”

—Dr. Mark Kristmanson, Chief Executive Officer of the National Capital Commission

“As the exclusive retailer of the Canada 150 tulip bulb, we are thrilled to partner with the NCC, the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Communities in Bloom to bring this unique tulip bulb to gardens across Canada for the 150th celebrations next spring.”

—Terry Davis, Home Hardware Stores Limited


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