‘Ottawa’ Capital Celebrates ‘Summer’ with Tulips, Midway and Endless Sunshine
Dow’s Lake, which boasts a quarter of the nearly one million tulips planted by the National Capital Commission.
Lansdowne Park was another packed venue for the Canadian Tulip Festival, the biggest event of its kind with about 600,000 visitors over 10 days in recent years.
This year, a white tulip streaked with red was unveiled to mark Canada’s 150th birthday.
Families also flocked to the Orléans Family Funfair midway at the Ray Friel Recreation Complex.
After a picture-perfect weekend, the sunshine was forecast to just keep coming on Tuesday with a forecast high of 29 C before a few clouds roll in with a chance of some rain to keep the May flowers coming.
Rolf Campbell, who tweets about record-setting Ottawa weather under the handle @YOW_Weather, pointed out that we enjoyed a sunshine and 26C Sunday while Calgarians shivered in the snow.
It has never snowed in Ottawa on Victoria Day, but gardeners setting out their petunias and tomatoes might be forgiven for thinking that we deserved some glorious sun on the traditional kickoff to summer.
The capital had 33 spring frosts this year, more than any year since 1967 — Canada’s last landmark birthday.