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Stay in the Heart of Town for the Tulip Festival in Ottawa

Stay in the Heart of Town for the Tulip Festival in Ottawa

The Canadian Tulip Festival features more than one million gorgeous and colourful tulips. But the festival isn’t just about tulips and spring: it’s about fostering international relationships. The festival also provides several other activities. Learn from renowned speakers, listen to incredible performers, and participate in family-friendly activities.

Beginnings of the Tulip Festival

During the World War II and the occupation of the Netherlands, the city of Ottawa played host to the Dutch princess Juliana and her daughters. In 1945, the Dutch royal family sent 100,000 tulip bulbs to Ottawa to thank them for their generosity. Ottawa soon became renowned for their tulip displays.

In 1953, photographer Malak Karsh and the Ottawa Board of Trade introduced the first Canadian Tulip Festival in Ottawa. Princess Juliana attended the festival in 1967.

While the festival has changed over the years, its purpose remains the same: celebrating international friendship. Music and activities have long been part of the festival. In 2007, the festival solidified its educational purpose by welcoming some of the world’s great thinkers to speak. Today, thousands of people attend the festival for both entertainment and educational purposes.

What to See

The Tulip Festival’s main attraction is, of course, the gorgeous display of tulips. The display stretches throughout Ottawa—there are 300,000 tulips at Commissioners Park alone.

The Canadian Tulip Festival also features events for every member of the family, such as:

  • Concerts, including free performances by local musicians
  • Guest speakers
  • Artwork, jewellery, and fashion displays
  • Fireworks
  • Food and performances from around the world at Lansdowne Park
  • Carnival and circus activities for kids at Major’s Hill Park

Stay Nearby and Enjoy the Whole Festival

Cartier Place Suite Hotel sits just one block from the Rideau Canal. We’re right next to many of the Tulip Festival’s activities. And, you can conveniently take the Tulip Shuttle to any other activities you’d like to attend. Contact us to book your reservation and get ready to enjoy the sights and sounds of the 2015 Tulip Festival!

Looking for Ottawa March Break Activities? Explore Downtown Ottawa with Your Family!

March break is approaching quickly, parents are trying to find exciting activities for their children that provides for both a fun and education experience!

Downtown Ottawa offers plenty of things to see and do—things your whole family will love.


Maybe you have to work, but you want somewhere fun for the kids to go. There are plenty of options in Ottawa:

  • Camp Fortune: Skiing professionals offer ski lessons for ages 4 and up; you can even choose a five-day lesson package.
  • Jack Purcell Recreation Association: Jack Purcell runs a five-day fun camp for kids ages 5 to 12. Kids will swim, cook, and even visit Midway Fun Park.
  • Shenkman Arts Centre: Is there a little Da Vinci in your family? Send them to a media arts and mixed media camp, where kids learn to paint and make a stop-motion film.
  • Diefenbunker: Kids learn about the art of espionage. Their skills will include breaking codes, using spy gadgets, and solving scavenger hunts.


Many people associate the word museum with boring, but Ottawa museums might help dispel that notion. There are plenty of kid-friendly museums downtown.

  • Canada Aviation and Space Museum: This year your kids can learn all about helicopters through workshops and demonstrations. They can also participate in the annual LEGO contest.
  • Canada Science and Technology Museum: Speaking of building LEGOs, if your kids like to build, they’ll love the mini engineering activities here.
  • Canadian Museum of Nature: Kids will get to hang out with frogs, toads, and other animals and even watch 3D movies.
  • Canadian Museum of History: This March break is all about snow. Kids can even build an indoor igloo!
  • Canada Agriculture and Food Museum: Visit live animals and experience food demonstrations during the break.

Downtown Activities

You may have lived near Ottawa for years, but have you ever experienced these thrilling activities as a family?

  • The Haunted Walk: Take a tour through the county jail and see the last working gallows in Canada.
  • Stanley’s Olde Maple Lane Farm: All-you-can-eat homemade pancakes? And a petting zoo? Break time is extra exciting here!
  • Fulton’s Pancake House and Sugar Bush: Let the pancake party continue with maple syrup and snow taffy. And don’t forget about the horse-drawn carriage rides that are available every day during March break.

With our list, you should no longer be at a loss of what to do with your kids in Ottawa during March break! Take this time to enjoy a moment with the kids and explore Ottawa.





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Honoured as a Highly Rated Lodging Accommodation as Reviewed by Travellers on the World’s Largest Travel Site

OTTAWA, ONTARIOCartier Place Suite Hotel today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honours hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Approximately 10 percent of accommodations listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award. To qualify for the Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travellers on TripAdvisor. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months. Cartier Place Suite Hotel is pleased to receive a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence”, said Heidi Webster, General Manager at the Cartier Place Suite Hotel. “We strive to offer our customers a memorable experience, and this accolade is evidence that our hard work is translating into positive traveller reviews on TripAdvisor.”

TripAdvisor is pleased to honor exceptional businesses for consistent excellence, as reviewed by travellers on the site,” said Christine Petersen, president of TripAdvisor for Business. “The Certificate of Excellence award gives highly rated establishments around the world the recognition they deserve. From exceptional accommodations in Beijing to remarkable restaurants in Boston, we want to applaud these businesses for offering TripAdvisor travellers a great customer experience.”
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