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After my historical train travel encounter on the Hull-Chelsea-Wakefield Steam Train I chose to learn more about the encompassing neighbourhood. The Casino du Lac Leamy, located in Gatineau on the other side of the Ottawa River, is less than five minutes from the train station and is among the official locations for Ottawa's famous Tulip Festival and also this year, it's the main location for the World Flower Summit that's being held in Ottawa.

The Casino de Lac Leamy is right close to the five star Hilton Lac-Leamy Hotel, which provides an urban resort experience 10 minutes from downtown Ottawa on the Quebec side of the Ottawa River. The resort itself features 349 rooms, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a luxurious spa with 17 treatment rooms, a fitness centre along with a game room, a variety of meeting rooms in addition to a restaurant having an outside patio. A conference centre, 24-hour room service, a cigar lounge along with numerous boutiques round out the services at the Hilton Lac-Leamy Hotel. The city of Gatineau is the centre of Quebec's Outaouais travel region and offers rapid access to a variety of urban and nature experiences in the immediate area.

The Casino du Lac-Leamy is a standard official part of various Ottawa festivities, and this year again it's an official place of Ottawa's Tulip Festival.

Juzaburo Sekiye, the creator of the organization and a citizen of Japan, had a vision of furthering the cause of world peace through sharing a love and knowledge of blossoms..."making a bloom the symbol of peace and customs without regard to country borders." His dream became reality in 1983 with the primary summit meeting of the Pan Pacific Flower Culture Conference in find out here Gifu, Japan. The convention was later renamed The World Flower Council, and has since experienced continuous increase.

As you understand, Travel and Transitions dedicates itself to building bridges between individuals from different areas and also to fostering greater cross cultural understanding and toleration. Therefore the idea of building peace via a joint love of flowers is intriguing if you ask me and I was happy to find out that this year Ottawa was picked as the place for the international summit of the World Flower Council.

The programming form May 18 to May 22 features exhibits, demonstrations and workshops with 300 delegates from over 30 nations. The World Flower Summit encompasses various ceremonies and presentations by flower designers from different countries. An assortment of blossom conception workshops improve the craft of floral design and in the Casino du Lac Leamy blossoms will be the crucial draw during the Tulip Festival.

The gardens at the Casino du Lac-Leamy are the second biggest of the Festival's tulip gardens, after Dows Lake. A schedule of bloom related events known as the Tulip Explosion ( May 4 to 22, 2006) is sure to entertain every bloom enthusiast.

The festival offers flower and design shows, with dozens of activities including live paintings, exhibitions, competitions, as well as a dazzling range of floral creations by master and student florists.

Along with the dazzling outdoor display of tulips, the Casino also features giant tulips with a height of about 7 meters inside. Throughout the entire month of May the Casino du Lac-Leamy has been turned into a center for floral displays. Additionally, special dress layouts are being featured in the walkways between the Casino along with the Hilton Hotel.

I took my time to explore the floral attractiveness outside the Casino and along with the cosmetic displays within the Casino along with the interconnecting pathways to the hotel which featured a number of exquisite exhibits produced by talented designers. The Casino du Lac-Leamy offered a fantastic chance for a hobby photographer like me to try to capture the beauty of the world of blossoms.
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