Must-See Cherry Blossoms in Toronto
Sakura Cherry Trees at High Park
You don't have to travel very far to see a stunning display of cherry blossoms this Spring. You can enjoy the lush blooms right here in the city.
In Toronto, most of the cherry blossom trees also known as Sakura cherry trees are seen in High Park. This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Sakura trees at High Park! Every year, thousands of people take part in the century old Japanese tradition of Sakura Hanami, or 'cherry blossom flower viewing.' Most of the cherry blossoms are located in an area called Hillside, along the west area of the park beside Grenadier Pond. There are also a few near the duck pond. Because the blooms are only visible for a short time, it can get very crowded so try to visit during off-peak time for the best photo opps. Get more info at www.highparktoronto.com. Also note that this year, the City of Toronto has announced that vehicles will not be allowed to park or drive through the park during the peak bloom period between late April to early May. The park is easily accessible by TTC.
Blooms are on track for this year with many buds already visible on the trees as of April 10. Visit this website that provides daily updates and is a great resource to track the blooms: www.sakurainhighpark.com.
Other sites where you can spot Cherry Blossom trees:
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 located at the south end of the bridge near the fountain. It's about a 10 minute walk from the Centre Island ferry docks.
In May of 2002, 68 Japanese Flowering Cherry trees were donated to Exhibition Place by the Sakura Project. You can spot beautiful blooms of the many cherry blossom trees on the grounds of Exhibition Place.
University of Toronto's Main Campus
70 trees were planted in October 2005 at the John P. Robarts Research Library (130 St George St.) Cherry trees are at the corner of Huron Street and Harbord Street, lining the walking path.
University of Toronto's Scarborough Campus
50 trees are planted at 1265 Military Trail in Scarborough. Cherry trees are in front of the Humanities Wing.
Cherry trees can be seen throughout the campus at 4700 Keele St. in North York. 250 trees have been planted since 2003.
Trinity Bellwoods Park
70 cherry trees planted in October 2005 can be seen along the walking path from Trinity Circle to the southeast corner of the park. (790 Queen St. W. in Toronto).
463 cherry trees have been planted in this park, and they are located along Rathburn Road, on Centennial Park Boulevard and northeast of Centennial Park Conservatory (151 Elmcrest Rd. in Etobicoke)
100 cherry trees are located in rows near the southwest corner of the park near Elderfield Crescent (35 Crendon Dr. in Etobicoke)
45 cherry trees are planted as a tree tunnel near the Pomeroy Street and Lyon Heights Road entrance. The trees were donated by Sagamihara, Toronto’s sister city in Japan. (1100 Brimley Rd. in Scarborough)
Outside of Toronto, blossoms can be viewed at McMaster University and the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington.
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. Visit the websites to find out when it's best to make the trip before heading out.
Here are snaps of the Sakura Cherry Trees at High Park in 2018: