It’s official! Toronto cherry blossoms reach peak bloom today, according to the City, and there are 15 places where you can see the trees in all their glory.
The most popular place to see the trees is, of course, High Park. The City of Toronto says that to help manage the volume of visitors to the park, there will be no vehicle access and parking inside High Park starting Thursday, April 20th.
The only exception to this will be made for TTC Wheel-Trans vehicles.
Fun fact: many of the sakura trees in High Park are around 60 years old, and were gifted to the City of Toronto by the people of Tokyo.
“The trees were planted in appreciation of Toronto accepting relocated Japanese Canadians following the Second World War,” said the City.
Thousands flock to the Gardiner Pond area of the park each spring to see the breathtaking display of pink petals.
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Thankfully, there are plenty of other destinations to see Toronto cherry blossoms without the High Park crowds.
The City even has a map of the parks where the trees are located, how many are planted there, and where to find them.
You can find them as far west as Centennial Park and Broadcres Park, as far north as York University campus, as far east as U of T Scarborough campus and Cedar Ridge Park, and as far south as the Toronto Islands.
In fact, Centennial Park and York University each have hundreds of cherry blossom trees to see and vehicle access is not restricted at either location.
If you’re willing to venture outside of the city, Mississauga’s Kariya Park is a Japanese garden with many sakura and magnolia trees.
Further west, you’ll find Burlington’s Spencer Smith Park, where a Japanese sakura festival will be held in May.