With nearly all tulips now in bloom, organizers are looking forward to a busy second weekend for the Canadian Tulip Festival.


Each spring, more than one million tulips are planted in Major’s Hill, Commissioner’s and Jacques-Cartier parks, Parliament Hill, along Confederation Boulevard and the Rideau Canal and in front of national museums and institutions. While the wet opening weekend disappointed, officials say up to 95 per cent of tulips are now in bloom.


“They’re going to peak perfectly for Mother’s Day weekend,” said Doug Little, the festival’s director of marketing and finance.


Little estimated that approximately 75,000 people have attended the festival so far — a number he expects to double during the second and third weekends.