Hello From Ottawa The Tulip Extravaganza At The Casino De Lac Leamy

After my historic train travel experience on​ the​ Hull-Chelsea-Wakefield Steam Train I decided to​ explore the​ surrounding neighbourhood. the​ Casino du Lac Leamy,​ located in​ Gatineau on​ the​ other side of​ the​ Ottawa River,​ is​ less than five minutes away from the​ train station and is​ one of​ the​ official locations for Ottawa’s famous Tulip Festival and this year,​ it​ is​ the​ main location for the​ World Flower Summit that is​ being held in​ Ottawa.

The Casino de Lac Leamy is​ right next to​ the​ five-star Hilton Lac-Leamy Hotel,​ which offers an​ urban resort experience 10 minutes from downtown Ottawa on​ the​ Quebec side of​ the​ Ottawa River. the​ hotel itself features 349 rooms,​ indoor and outdoor swimming pools,​ a​ luxurious spa with 17 treatment rooms,​ a​ fitness centre and a​ game room,​ a​ variety of​ meeting rooms as​ well as​ a​ restaurant with an​ outdoor patio. a​ conference centre,​ 24-hour room service,​ a​ cigar lounge and a​ number of​ boutiques round out the​ services at​ the​ Hilton Lac-Leamy Hotel. the​ city of​ Gatineau is​ the​ center of​ Quebec’s Outaouais travel region and offers quick access to​ a​ variety of​ urban and nature experiences in​ the​ immediate vicinity.

The Casino du Lac-Leamy is​ a​ regular official component of​ various Ottawa festivities,​ and this year again it​ is​ an​ official location of​ Ottawa’s Tulip Festival. Even more special is​ that this year Ottawa is​ hosting the​ 23rd World Flower Summit. This international event is​ organized by the​ World Flower Council,​ an​ organization dedicated since 1983 to​ furthering the​ cause of​ world peace through the​ beauty of​ flowers and the​ sharing of​ knowledge among those who have chosen the​ floral industry as​ their profession.

Juzaburo Sekiye,​ the​ founder of​ this organization and a​ citizen of​ Japan,​ had a​ dream of​ furthering the​ cause of​ world peace through sharing a​ love and knowledge of​ flowers..."making a​ flower the​ symbol of​ peace and culture without regard to​ country boundaries." His dream became reality in​ 1983 with the​ first summit meeting of​ the​ Pan Pacific Flower Culture Conference in​ Gifu,​ Japan. the​ conference was later renamed the​ World Flower Council,​ and has since enjoyed continuous growth. Since 1983,​ WFC meetings have been held in​ Australia,​ Canada,​ Hong Kong,​ Italy,​ Japan,​ Korea,​ Malaysia,​ the​ Netherlands,​ Russia,​ South Africa,​ Spain,​ Thailand,​ the​ United States,​ the​ Philippines,​ Latvia,​ and Indonesia.

As you know,​ Travel and Transitions dedicates itself to​ building bridges between people from different places and to​ fostering greater cross-cultural understanding and tolerance. So the​ notion of​ building peace through a​ joint love of​ flowers is​ intriguing to​ me and I was happy to​ see that this year Ottawa was chosen as​ the​ location for the​ international conference of​ the​ World Flower Council.

The programming form May 18 to​ May 22 features exhibitions,​ demonstrations and workshops with 300 delegates from over 30 countries. the​ World Flower Summit encompasses a​ variety of​ ceremonies and presentations by flower designers from different countries. a​ variety of​ flower conception workshops advance the​ craft of​ floral design and at​ the​ Casino du Lac Leamy flowers are the​ key attraction during the​ Tulip Festival.

A Tulip Tour of​ the​ World includes 100,​000 tulips in​ 16 exotic varieties,​ named after destinations in​ 11 countries. the​ gardens at​ the​ Casino du Lac-Leamy are the​ second largest of​ the​ Festival’s tulip gardens,​ after Dows Lake. a​ schedule of​ flower related events called the​ Tulip Explosion ( May 4 to​ 22,​ 2006) is​ sure to​ entertain every flower enthusiast.

The festival offers flower and design shows,​ with scores of​ activities including live paintings,​ exhibitions,​ competitions,​ and a​ dazzling assortment of​ floral creations by master and student florists. This weekend the​ Tulip Explosion culminates with the​ XXIII Annual World Flower Council Summit (May 18 to​ 22).

In addition to​ the​ dazzling outdoor display of​ tulips,​ the​ Casino also features giant tulips with a​ height of​ about 7 meters indoors. Throughout the​ entire month of​ May the​ Casino du Lac-Leamy has been turned into a​ center for floral displays. in​ addition,​ special dress designs are being featured in​ the​ walkways between the​ Casino and the​ Hilton Hotel.

I took my time to​ explore the​ floral beauties outside the​ Casino and as​ well as​ the​ decorative displays inside the​ Casino and the​ interconnecting walkways to​ the​ hotel which featured a​ variety of​ beautiful exhibits created by talented designers. the​ Casino du Lac-Leamy offered a​ great opportunity for a​ hobby photographer like me to​ try to​ capture the​ beauty of​ the​ world of​ flowers.

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