Best Places to See Cherry Blossoms
There isn't a more delightful way to enjoy the onset of Spring than seeing the beautiful cherry blossoms flowering. Every Spring, thousands head over to High Park, to witness the beautiful cherry blossoms. The best time to see the cherry trees in full bloom is in late April or early May.
In Japan, cherry blossom viewing is taken to almost religious heights. The blooming flowers are carefully watched, enjoyed, and celebrated. Sakura Hanami parties are traditionally held throughout the country to celebrate the season, and feature eating, drinking, and music.
In Toronto, most of the Sakura cherry trees are located around Hillside Gardens at High Park. CLICK HERE to view a map. There are a few by the Duck Pond.
Don't miss out! Cherry blossoms only last for about a week to a week and a half if the weather is nice but if it rains while they are in bloom, the flower petals will fall quicker and the blooming may be over in just a few short days. If the weather is unusually cold in April, the trees may not even bloom at all.
Visit these websites to find out when it's best to make the trip. Keep in mind that it does get very busy so consider going during off-peak times.
High Park Cherry Trees: www.highparktoronto.com.
This site is great to track the blooms: www.sakurainhighpark.com.
There are also 30 Japanese Cherry trees at the Toronto Islands. If you want to avoid the large crowd at High Park when the trees are blooming, a great alternative is to go see the trees at the Islands. They are on Centre Island, located at the south end of the bridge near the fountain. It's about a 10 minute walk from the Centre Island ferry docks.