No need to go to Japan! It’s that magical time here in Toronto where the famous cherry blossom trees in High Park are in full bloom showing off their brilliant pink and white petals for a spectacular brief display that happens once a year. People come from all over to witness the beautiful Sakura trees in High Park. You can find a map here with viewing locations.
When to See the Cherry Blossoms
It’s hard to predict the exact time of year to visit the blooming trees as it all depends on the weather, but its usually between mid April to early May. The blossoms typically last for about a week to a week and a half. If rain is in the forecast, the petals tend to fall faster which can shorten the blossom viewing time.
Keeping Track of the Blooming Season
You can actually follow the blossom tracker updates online to see when the best times to see the cherry blossoms in High Park are as well as information of the different stages of blooming.
History of Sakura Trees in Toronto
In 1959 the Japanese Ambassador to Canada presented the city with 2000 cherry blossom trees. It was noted as a thank you for welcoming so many Japanese to Canada after the Second World War. In Japan the blossom viewing is known as Sakura Hanami. Every year thousands of people come to experience the cherry blossoms blooming as they picnic under the trees, take photos and enjoy the brief magic of the pink and white flowers. This is a tradition that has carried its way around the world and become famous here in Toronto. There are actually many locations that you can view the cherry blossom trees in Toronto besides High Park including Trinity Bellwoods, Toronto Island, York University, University of Toronto and a number of more places throughout the GTA.
What You Need to Know Before Seeing the Cherry Blossoms in High Park
During the blooming season the roads in High Park are closed off to traffic to keep the area safe as thousands of visitors are coming to view the cherry blossoms. Walking is easily accessible and there is also a trackless train that runs through the park during the warmer months.
If you are going to park your vehicle get to High Park early as spots fill up fast! The cherry blossoms in High Park are a massive tourist attraction in the city. Its grown over the years especially with the rise of social media so bring your selfie sticks. If you plan to take lots of photos especially for social media, just be mindful others are there to do the same so be patient and respectful. I found it near impossible to even get one photo without another person in it but managed in the end 🙂
We are so lucky to have the Sakura trees right here in Toronto. This was my first time experiencing the cherry blossoms in High Park even after living in the city for a number of years. I’m so happy I was able to experience it this year. The Sakura trees are definitely worth checking out if you are in the city. Early morning week days are probably best to avoid the crowds especially if you want to get that instagram worthy shot.
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