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Extensive tulip display?

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Extensive tulip display?

Hi,

We'd love to visit Ottawa during the Tulip Festival sometime between May 11 - 13. Would there be a large number of tulips be in bloom then or should we wait a bit?

Many thanks

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1. Re: Extensive tulip display?

There should be quite a few in bloom, as many early varieties were also planted:

http://www.ottawacitizen.com/travel/Tulip+Festival+move+with+more+fireworks/9823561/story.html

Edited: 7:56 am, May 10, 2014
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2. Re: Extensive tulip display?

Take a look at the festival website - there's a tulip bloom "meter".

http://tulipfestival.ca/site/home/en

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3. Re: Extensive tulip display?

That link may take you to the Tulip Festival site, but that meter does work... it links you to a site to buy bulbs.

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4. Re: Extensive tulip display?

Hmm... maybe they've disconnected the meter ... it was working a few weeks ago.

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5. Re: Extensive tulip display?

Yes, phpr, I've noticed that, but I'll keep checking. Thanks for the link.

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6. Re: Extensive tulip display?

I was by Dows Lake (the main site) this morning and would say about 20% have bloomed... and those are probably the early variety... Lots of disappointed people piling off the tour buses.

Later is definitely better this year. Given the warm-ish forecast I would expect things to be in much better shape by next weekend.

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7. Re: Extensive tulip display?

Thanks travelinMan. That's just the kind of report that I was looking for.......... someone who's seen it in person and is not connected to the Tulip Festival public relations! I would be skeptical getting it from their website. Perfect, then we'll wait a week or so.

Thanks again

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8. Re: Extensive tulip display?

Yes, definitely wait. I don't live in Ottawa, but from experience Dow's Lake blooms first since it is warmer. If Dow's Lake is 20%, then there's pretty much 0% at Parliament Hill, and 0% at the casino in Gatineau.

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9. Re: Extensive tulip display?

Thanks Daniel

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10. Re: Extensive tulip display?

Thanks travelinman

Would appreciate update on tulip bloom

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