A spectacular way to welcome Spring is by viewing the beautiful cherry blossoms flowering in Toronto and the GTA.
In Toronto, most of the cherry blossom trees also known as Sakura cherry trees are in High Park. Each 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. You can get more info at www.highparktoronto.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 located at the south end of the bridge near the fountain. It's about a 10 minute walk from the Centre Island ferry docks.
Other locations include the CNE and the University of Toronto's main and Scarborough campuses. Outside of Toronto, blossoms can be viewed at McMaster University and the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington.
Note that due to the erratic weather this spring, predictions are that bloom dates will be between May 5-12, 2016, however some buds are going straight to leaves. Visit this website that provides daily updates and is a great resource to track the blooms: www.sakurainhighpark.com.
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 the websites to find out when it's best to make the trip, and keep in mind that it does get very busy so consider going during off-peak times.