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National Capital Commission

National Capital Commission

November 10, 2006 10:30 ET

CN Tower Communities in Bloom Gardens feature 18,000 tulip bulbs planted by National Capital Commission

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 10, 2006) -

Editors Note: A photo for this release will be available on the CP picture wire via CCNMatthews

During a tulip bulb planting ceremony this morning at the base of the CN Tower, Chief Operating Officer of the CN Tower, Jack Robinson along with the Vice President of Communications, Marketing and National Programming for the NCC, Guy Laflamme, launched the planting of 18,000 tulip bulbs by the NCC in the CN Tower Communities in Bloom Gardens, to bloom in the Spring of 2007.

This partnership between the NCC and Canada Lands Company's CN Tower was made possible due to both organizations' involvement with Communities in Bloom and the Communities in Bloom Gardens at the CN Tower.

Representatives from the CN Tower and NCC dug the ground with their trowels to plant the first of 18,000 tulip bulbs in the flower beds located at the base of the CN Tower.

NCC experts in landscape architecture and horticulture presented the design of the flower beds and the varieties of tulips that are being planted, and shared useful planting tips.

"Visitors to the CN Tower next spring will be delighted by the spectacular entranceway to the Tower that the NCC's 18,000 tulips will provide," said Jack Robinson, Chief Operating Officer of the CN Tower. "We are pleased to welcome visitors to Toronto and also encourage them to explore Canada's Capital Region through this showcase of the annual tulip gardens that the region is so famous for."

"With more than 60 years of experience in planting and maintaining millions of tulips in the Capital, the NCC is pleased to team up with Canada Lands Company to bring tulips to the CN Tower," said Mr. Beaudry. "In the Spring, thousands of beautiful tulips will bloom at the Peace Tower and the CN Tower as a reminder of this new partnership."

Canada's National Tower, a Canadian Icon and Toronto landmark, is visited by almost two million people each year. During the summer months, the CN Tower Communities in Bloom Gardens showcase Canadian communities, as a tourism initiative to encourage visitors to explore other areas of Canada.

Each fall, the NCC plants half a million tulip bulbs in the 90 flower beds found throughout the Capital Region's urban parks and green spaces. This tradition began on Parliament Hill in 1945, when Canada planted 100,000 tulip bulbs given by Holland as a 'thank you' for providing safe haven for members of the Dutch Royal Family, as well as for the role played by Canadian Veterans during the Second World War. Six decades later, the Capital Region's tulip gardens are considered the largest tulip planting in North America. In the Spring, a beautiful display of one million tulips is in full bloom and offers a colourful back drop to residents and visitors to the Capital Region.

About the NCC

As the official gardener of Canada's Capital, the NCC is responsible for designing and planting impressive floral displays throughout Canada's Capital Region. The most spectacular displays are found in Commissioners Park, on Parliament Hill, along Confederation Boulevard, the historic Rideau Canal, the Capital's scenic parkways and gateways into the Capital, along the recreational pathways, and at national museums and institutions.

About Canada Lands Company

Canada Lands Company is an arms-length federal Crown corporation reactivated in 1995 to optimize the financial and community value obtained from properties no longer required by the Government of Canada. The company is self-financing, pays applicable taxes at all levels of government, and implements innovative property solutions to enhance the quality of life in communities where it operates. Since its inception, the company has distributed hundreds of millions of dollars to the government as dividends, cash acquisitions and payments for properties.

About The CN Tower

Defining the Toronto skyline, at a height of 553.33 m (1,815 ft., 5 inches), the CN Tower is the World's Tallest Building, a Wonder of the Modern World, Canada's national icon, an important telecommunications hub, and Toronto's "must see" attraction. Visited by approximately 2 million people each year who enjoy breathtaking views and all the CN Tower has to offer: three observation levels including the world famous Glass Floor and the Sky Pod, attractions, shopping and three restaurants including 360 The Restaurant at the CN Tower. Canada's National Tower salutes Canada's Communities In Bloom with enhanced green spaces representing Canada's natural beauty and the distinct charm of its communities.

About Communities in Bloom

Co-founded by the NCC in 1995, Communities in Bloom is a Canadian non-profit organization committed to fostering civic pride, environmental responsibility, beautification and to improving quality of life through community participation and the challenge of national competition. The program now involves more than 500 municipalities across Canada along with municipalities from the United States, Europe and Japan through an international challenge.

Information:

CN Tower: (416) 868-6937; www.cntower.ca

NCC: (613) 239-5000 or 1-800-465-1867 or www.canadascapital.gc.ca.

Contact Information

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    Irene Knight, Manager of Public Relations
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    Email: iknight@cntower.ca
    Website: www.cntower.ca
    or
    National Capital Commission
    Marie-Eve Letourneau
    Media Relations Advisor
    (613) 239-5092 (office) or (613) 720-6305 (cellular)
    Website:www.canadascapital.gc.ca