If you haven’t heard of the cherry blossoms at High Park, then you’re missing out on one of the most beautiful sights in Toronto this time of year.
High Park has the most cherry blossom trees in the city, as more than 100 of them were given as gifts by Japan. Each year, the park’s peak bloom happens when 70 per cent of the buds have flowered. This year, according to the High park Nature Centre, this should happen as soon as April 25 to April 28. Last year, the buds didn’t bloom because of the frost, but it looks like things are starting to progress quickly this time around.
Blooming period usually lasts around 16-21 days, which means they will probably fall off by mid May – that’s plenty of time to catch a glimpse of the trees.
During this peak season, hundreds of tourists and locals visit the park to see the trees, especially because they’re very beautiful to photograph (insta-worthy). It’s also a good start to Spring.
If you’d like to avoid the crowds at High Park, there are cherry blossoms elsewhere in the city including Trinity-Bellwoods Park (which has already starting showing colours), Centennial Park and CNE grounds.