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During the Second World War, the Dutch royal family took refuge in Canada. In 1945, the population of Netherlands gave a gift of 100,000 bulbs of tulips gathered manually to thank for the role that Canada played in the release of Dutch people.
Since then, as a debt of gratitude towards Canada, the government of Holland sends to Ottawa, each year, thousands of bulbs of tulips, which flower in profusion in the capital of Canada serving as a symbol of peace, freedom and friendship between the two countries. Thus, after Holland, the capital of Canada became the kingdom of tulips.
The sharp blazing red tulip "Ottawa" is a hybrid created especially by Dutch in recognition to Canadians. It is called the Tulip of the Heart because of everything it represents.

Here a link to a jplebrun's picture, in Ottawa.

Canadian Tulip Festival - check HISTORY OF TULIPS IN CANADA.

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