High Park Cherry Blossom Festival

Get in the Spring spirit with High Park cherry blossom flower viewing

We did it! We made it through the winter (somehow we maaaade it throoooouuuuuuuuugh, didn’t know how lost we were… You get the idea. Thanks, Madge). Anyways, spring is finally upon us, which means flowers are coming out to say Hey, which means High Park’s Cherry Blossoms are ready for viewing!

Welcome spring with open arms by participating in the centuries old Japanese tradition of Sakura Hanami (roughly meaning “cherry blossom flower viewing”). This activity is so special because peak bloom only lasts about a week—and, of course, is spectacular if you catch it. The trees, the colours, the sunshine…what could be better?

As of yesterday (May 2), the High Park Nature Centre said the trees were at 50 percent bloom, which means they will hit peak bloom (70 percent open) by this weekend.

The park is offering cherry blossom tours on Saturday (1pm to 5pm) and Sunday (9:30am to 5pm)—tours are 30 minutes and run every 45 minutes. To join one, look for the volunteers dressed in pink on the hillside south of Grenadier Restaurant.

Also, due to the large expected volume of people and traffic, it’s suggested that you leave your car at home. Embrace the weather by TTCing, walking, or biking. It’s spring, after all!

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