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Canada’s capital-host a number of festivals and activities. Hi, welcome to I’m your host Christine. Today we’ll show you that Ottawa has something for everyone. Located almost midway between two of Canada’s biggest cities, Montreal and Toronto, Ottawa is Canada’s capital. For all these reasons the city’s a haven for festivals and activities and because of Canada’s distinct four seasons, Ottawa celebrates year round. The annual festival to celebrate winter called Winterlude was started in 1979. The even is one of Canada’s most important tourist growth lasting for three weekends in February. The festival includes various indoor activities such as public skating, snow and ice sculptor competitions and musical concerts at the Winterlude snowball. At almost five miles long and about the size of a 90 Olympic-sized rinks the Rideau canal’s gateway is the worlds largest natural frozen ice rink. Each year, more than 1 million visitors stayed on the canal and it’s a central feature in the Winterlude festivities. Traditional food at Winterlude is the beaver tail. A fried type pastry often dusted with cinnamon and sugar were topped with chocolate held every year in May. The Canadian tour festival boats have attendants of over half a million visitors each year. Tulips are found throughout the city at this time. But the most vast beds are found at the shores of Dow’s lake at the south end of Ottawa section of the Rideau canal. The festival roots began in 1945 when the Dutch royal family send a 100,000 tulip bulbs in thanks for Canada having sheltered their princess Juliana and her daughters for their final three years of the second world war. Over the years the event has expanded to showcase over 3 million tulips throughout the region. This festival has helped make Ottawa the tulip capital of north America Throughout the summer months to be sure to pick fresh produce and flowers at the Byward Market. The market is open here year-round which makes it Canada’s oldest continuous operating farmer’s market. Celebrations of Canada’s national holiday on July first are extravagant and huge. Each year hundreds of thousands gather on Parliament Hill to partake in the festivities. Events include a flag-raising ceremony, changing the guards, the RCMP musical ride concerts by Canadian artist and a spectacular firework show to cap of the evening.