Ottawa Tulip Festival
Public Tours / by Bus
THIS TOUR WILL OPEN FOR BOOKING on 1 MARCH 2023
Canadian Tulip Festival (71st Anniversary)
Each year, the Canadian Tulip Festival celebrates the return of spring by showcasing over a million tulips across Canada’s capital region. The festival is the largest of its kind in the world and attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the globe.
3 Pick-up locations: Mississauga Carpool, York Mills Station, and Scarborough (*see below details)
Tour's duration: 3 days / 2 nights
Date: 20-22 May 2020 (Victoria Day long weekend)
7:00 AM: Our 1st Pick-up location: Mississauga Carpool. (Please arrive 15 Min before the departure time)
7:30 AM: Our 2nd Pick-up location: York Mills Station.
8:00 AM: Our 3rd pick-up location is: Scarborough Town Centre
During the 4 hours drive (395 km), we will have 2 stops on the way for breakfast and lunch.
DAY 2, SUN 21 MAY 2020: Ottawa
7:30 - 9:00 AM: Enjoy a hot breakfast at the hotel
DAY 3, MON 22 MAY 2020: Ottawa >> Perth >>Toronto
7:30 - 9:00 AM: Enjoy a hot breakfast at the hotel
6:30 - 7:00 PM: A 30-min stop at ONroute Trenton North for dinner/washroom
8:30 PM: drop-off @ Scarborough Town Centre
9:00 PM: drop-off @ York Mills Station
9:30 PM: drop-off @ Mississauga Carpool
The drop-off times are all approximate, and subject to change based on the Traffic.
Price & Inclusions
· Per person, Single occupancy:
**The prices are per person, in Canadian dollars.
**Children 8+ are welcome on this tour, and the same price as adults.
**The standard rooms in the hotels have a maximum of 2 double beds, and the hotel does NOT provide any extra bed/cot.
** If you need a roommate, please ask. Not guaranteed.
• Round trip transportation on a deluxe highway motor coach with a washroom
• 2-night accommodation at NOVOTEL Ottawa Hotel-4 star (High-speed Internet and the use of the pool and fitness center are included)
• 2 hot breakfasts at the hotel
• Visit the unique Tulip beds at "Commissioner's Park", and "Major's Hill Park"
• A 4-hour Guided tour of Ottawa (a combination of walking and bus)
WHAT's NOT INCLUDED:
• Admission to some optional activities
- * Full refund if you cancel at least 30 days before the trip departure date.
- * 29-15 days prior to departure - pay a penalty equal to 50% of the total purchase amount.
- * 14-8 days prior to departure - pay a penalty equal to 70% of the total purchase amount.
* Within 7 days of departure - fully non-refundable - pay a penalty equal to 100% of the total purchase amount.
- * In the event that a tour is canceled, the liability of FunTours.ca will be limited to providing a full refund of the original trip price.
The entrance into the carpool lot is on the west side of Hurontario, between the ramps to Hwy 401 East and Hwy 401 West. This parking lot is not easily visible from Hurontario and can be easily missed so please carefully follow the P Carpool signs. Detailed instructions from all four directions are given below. This is a Government of Ontario, Ministry of Transportation parking lot. Cars may be left here for up to 5 days. Parking is free. Our bus stops in the parking area on your left-hand side. CLICK HERE to see on map
Ottawa is Canada’s capital, a dynamic showcase city of more than one million people. Located in Ontario at the Quebec border, it’s a place where you’ll hear English and French spoken in the streets; where you can discover Canada’s proud heritage at impressive national sites and famous landmarks, including the Rideau Canal (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). It’s a city steeped in culture, with world-class museums and galleries displaying stunning national collections and special exhibitions from Canada and around the world.
The Godmother of all Ottawa Festivals, since 1953 the Canadian Tulip Festival has been the iconic Canadian brand synonymous with the arrival of spring in the nation's Capital. Drawing over 600,000 Canadian and International visitors to the outdoor festival of the warm weather season and one of Ottawa’s largest and longest-running signature celebrations. Millions of Tulips set the stage for a celebration of authentic art, cultural, historic, culinary, and family tulip experiences.
In summer, the tulips are replaced by thousands of annual flowers, which create beautiful scenic views with Dows Lake in the background. Located at the corner of Preston Street and the Queen Elizabeth Driveway, Commissioners Park extends over 8.95 hectares. It was built from the 1920s to the 1950s on the site of a former lumberyard owned by J.R. Booth.
Major's Hill Park
Major’s Hill Park is the Capital’s first park, used as such since 1826, when the building of the Rideau Canal began. In 1867, fireworks and bonfires in the park marked the Capital’s first Canada Day celebrations. It was formally established as a park in 1875. Major’s Hill Park is an exceptional site to see tulips blooming in the spring.
Parliament Hill, colloquially known as The Hill, is an area of Crown land on the southern banks of the Ottawa River in downtown Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Its Gothic revival suite of buildings, and their architectural elements of national symbolic importance, is the home of the Parliament of Canada.
Brockville Railway Tunnel
Although little known, the oldest railway tunnel in Canada actually exists under the downtown core of Brockville, Ontario, the tranquil community located on the shores of the St Lawrence River at the eastern edge of The Thousand Islands. The tunnel was built between 1854 and 1860 to allow the fledging Brockville and Ottawa Railway to connect the Brockville industrial waterfront area to the outlying areas lying between St Lawrence and Ottawa rivers.
Since 1846, when nearby farmers traded their produce here, this has been the popular centre of town. Only one of the stalls dates back to 1867, but the market retains much of its 19th-century atmosphere. With its colorful stalls of fruit and vegetables, along with artsy shops, trendy restaurants and nightclubs, it’s a lively spot to visit – day and night.
The Rideau Canal is a long and historically significant waterway that twists through the downtown core of Ottawa. The canal connects the city to major nearby bodies of water, including the Ottawa River and Lake Ontario. The canal itself dates back to 1832 when it was used as a military defense system, but today the canal serves as a year-round recreational attraction. In warmer months, people walk, bike, or ride on the walkways that line the canal, or boat and paddle through the water itself. In the colder seasons, the river freezes over and transforms into an expansive public ice-skating rink that weaves through the city.
12.30 - 2.00 PM: Free time for lunch
Heritage Perth, in the heart of Eastern Ontario, is a hidden gem, now recognized as one of the most beautiful towns in Canada. Perth Ontario is a very special place. Situated on the picturesque Tay River, it is not only a beautiful and charming town, but it is quite simply full of creative spirit. From dramatic plays and professional music performances to well-developed sports facilities and top notch amenities, Perth is rich in culture and talent.
Welcome to Notre-Dame Cathedral, the seat of the Roman Catholic archbishop of Ottawa and the mother church of the archdiocese of Ottawa. This historic building, begun in 1841, is the largest and oldest standing church in the nation's capital. NOTE: currently, Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica is only open for mass (religious services). The doors are open 30 minutes before each mass to let people in. It is during the 30-minute period before masses that you would have time to light a candle and pray. It is no longer required to wear a mask in the cathedral. We are also at full capacity. So approximately 1500 people can be in the church. SATURDAY MASS: 5:00 PM: (BILINGUAL) ---- SUNDAY MASSES: 10:00 AM (FRENCH), 12:00 PM (ENGLISH), 5:00 PM (BILINGUAL)
The Royal Canadian Mint's headquarters occupy the historic building in central Ottawa where the Mint was founded in 1908. Today, the Ottawa facility produces hand-crafted collector and commemorative coins, gold bullion coins, medals, and medallions. This is where the master tooling is done to create the dies that strike coin designs for both circulation and commemorative issues. The Mint's gold refining and advanced engineering operations are also located here in Ottawa. Visit the Ottawa boutique to add to your coin collection, find exciting gift ideas and take home some Mint memorabilia. On our guided tour, you'll learn more about the exacting skill that goes into precision coin design. Reservation required for Tours: Tuesday–Sunday First tour 10 am, last tour 4 pm (subject to change without notice). Check the details about The Mint here: https://www.mint.ca/store/mint/visit-the-mint/ottawa-location-8900022#.XRE3OuhKiUl