Group Tour Experiences

Group Tour Experiences – “A World of Tulips”

May 11 – 21, 2018


All prices include tax unless otherwise stated. Group rates require a minimum of 10 people for each activity, unless otherwise stated. To inquire and book services outlined below, please fill out this form.

The Canadian Tulip Festival is not only Ottawa and Gatineau’s flagship festival, it is Canada’s most colourful festival with over a million tulips in bloom across the Capital as well as an artistic interpretation of the tulips by all levels of the artistic community. Inspired by the Dutch gift of tulips to Canadians in 1945, this Festival is a celebration of friendship. For this reason, Canadians see the tulip as a symbol of International Friendship and the Canadian Tulip Festival is connected to tulip festivals and attractions around the world. The 2018 festival will bring together tulips friends from around the world. So join us to celebrate “A World of Tulips”, a world of colour and friendship.



Spend some time in the tulips and take in a 1-KM explosion of over 250,000 show-stopping mass-planted tulip beds by the beautiful Dow’s Lake including the Queen Juliana Gift Bed and the World Friendship Tulips, the official tulip of the 2018 Festival. Interpretive signage and guided tours offer an opportunity to learn about tulips and the Capital’s flagship tulip festival. Enjoy live musical entertainment and watch artists at work among the tulip beds at Commissioners Park.

Tulip Legacy Walking Tour of Commissioners Park (30 min)

$3/person ($5 value)

Our guide welcomes your group to tour the Royal Gift Tulip Bed, the Tulip Legacy Plaza and provides an overview of our Canadian tulip heritage, as well as, our Tulip Legacy Story. Explore the tulip gardens and enjoy the vibrant surroundings. Includes a 2018 Canadian Tulip Festival souvenir and 20% off voucher for the boutique. Motor coaches disembark at a meet and greet tent on Carling Ave near the pavilion.

VIP Victoria Day Fireworks Viewing Party – May 20

Cost TBC

Celebrate Victoria Day with a spectacular fireworks display overlooking Dow’s lake and among the tulips in Commissioners Park.


Daytime Tulip Festival Boat Cruise

Adults $31.50 | Seniors $28.50 | Children 6-15 $21.50

Get a unique view of the tulip gardens on a cruise down the Rideau Canal to Dow’s Lake.

Private Tulip Sunset Cruise

$65/person, minimum 40 people

Take a private sunset cruise down the Rideau Canal to Dow’s Lake and view the Tulip gardens at sunset. Includes a Tulip Julip Cocktail. Not available May 20.

Victoria Day Fireworks Cruise – May 20


Take a sunset cruise down the Rideau Canal to Dow’s Lake, where you can view the fireworks from water. Includes a Tulip Julip Cocktail. Departs at 8:30pm.



Art and floral exhibitions and installations, international friendship activities and entertainment, craft market, tulip art celebrations, interactive family programming, Tulip Café, World Garden of Giant Tulips, Children Tulip Garden, World Tulip Maze and much more.

Lansdowne Park Tulip Gallery and Great Tulip Lawn

$10/person ($15 value)

Admission provides one day access to the Lansdowne Park Tulip Gallery and the Great Tulip Lawn – Tulip Art Culture Friendship Experience, from 10am to 5pm.

Luncheon at the Tulip Café


A unique dining experience in the historic Aberdeen Pavilion each day from 12pm to 2pm. On the Tulip Café stage there will be continuous live musical entertainment as well as floral and craft demonstrations. Lunch will consist of artisanal sandwich and salad buffet, and include a tulip dessert. Coffee, tea & soda are included. A variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are also available for purchase. Please inquire about custom menu options. Brunch options are also available.

3rd Annual Canadian Tulip Festival Swing Dance – May 11, 2018


Produced in collaboration with Standing Room Only and the Ottawa Swing Dance Society the 2nd Annual Canadian Tulip Festival Swing Dance kicks off at 7:30 PM with a one-hour beginner swing dance lesson and live music. This is an all-ages event with a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and food available for purchase inside the Horticulture Building.

Mother’s Day Brunch – May 13

Adults $35 | Children 5-12 $25 | Children 4 & under $6

Celebrate Mom at the 65th Canadian Tulip Festival. Enjoy a scrumptious gourmet brunch buffet featuring fresh cracked Canadian Eggs accompanied by live jazz among the tulips in and around The Tulip Café. There will be a seating at 9am and at 11am.



“Tiptoe Through the Tulips”, an Urban Art Project in the Heart of the City! Tulips! Tulips! Everywhere!!

The historic ByWard Market is Ottawa’s premier destination for shopping, dining, arts and entertainment. This is the heart of Ottawa! Within an area roughly four blocks square, you’ll find museums, cafés, specialty food shops, boutiques, galleries, restaurants, pubs, and more.

Featured artist, Monique Martin, creator of the Festival’s A World of Tulips 2018 Art icon, brings her tulip art to this city central marketplace with art installations throughout the Historic ByWard Market – including interactive, artist-led creative workshops, animation throughout the streets and courtyards, and a host of merchant promotions throughout the neighbourhood.

Together with the City of Ottawa, the ByWard Market BIA and many amazing local businesses, we are proud to be transforming Canada’s oldest market into a colourful urban tulip garden filled with fun animations, special offers and tons of awesome photo opportunities! Come tiptoe through the tulip with us!

“Tiptoe Through the Tulips” Walking Tour

$5/person ($8 value)

Discover the tulip charms of the ByWard Market by tiptoeing through the tulips and experiencing tulip art of Monique Martin. Tour concludes at Moulin de Provence for an Official Tulip Festival cookie.

Other Tour Option: Instead of concluding with a cookie, perhaps you would prefer to conclude with cocktail. We can also arrange a meet and greet with the Monique Martin. Please Inquire.

A Taste of the ByWard Market Food Tour

$55/person + tax ($60 value)
Minimum 4 people, groups larger than 12 will be separated

Your C’est Bon Cooking guide cannot wait to introduce you to the chefs, producers and food artisans of Canada’s oldest Market. Experience Ottawa as locals do on a 2.5-hour walking tour among the urban tulip experience installations. Several tastings included. Multiple tour options are available and custom tours can be accommodated.

A Culinary Tulip Experience

$68/person ($75 value)
Minimum 4 people, groups no larger than 15

Expand your culinary creativity with the expert chefs at C’est Bon Cooking in the ByWard Market. This 2-hour hands-on cooking class will delight and surprise any budding chef or foodie as you learn to cook with edible flowers. No prior cooking experience required. All dishes prepared will be eaten at the end of the class.



The Garden Promenade celebrates Ottawa and Gatineau’s garden culture with over 70 experiences through 40 of the region’s most beautiful must-visit gardens. Join us during the Canadian Tulip Festival and delight in a self-guided or escorted showcase of Ottawa’s public gardens exploding with millions of tulips in bloom.

Tulips of the Garden Promenade Guided Tour

Please inquire for cost

Step-on Guides are available to escort your motor coach to the Garden Promenade and tell the stories behind the tulip gardens around Ottawa, as well as visit historic sites across the city.

A leisurely 2-hour cruise around the city to visit all the hidden gems.

The Tulip City & Garden Promenade Highlight Tour

5-10 participants: $39/person | 10+ participants: $35/person ($49 value, tax not included)

A leisurely 2-hour cruise around the city to visit all the hidden tulip gems. This price includes bicycle, helmet, a guide and water bottle.



Tulip Welcome Package

$20/person (Value $32)

Package includes the following

  • One day admission to the Tulip Gallery and Great Tulip Lawn at Lansdowne Park
  • Tulip Legacy Walking Tour of Commissioners Park (30 min)
  • “Tiptoe Through the Tulips” Walking Tour – ByWard Market
  • Canadian Tulip Festival souvenir
  • Map and guide of Canadian Tulip Festival attractions and events

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