Cherry Blossom Viewing in High Park

Cherry Blossoms in Toronto’s High Park is expected to be in full bloom from Late April to Early May. The blooms will last 4 to 10 days after the full bloom depending on the weather.

 

Many of the Sakura trees in High Park are roughly 60 years old. In 1959, the Japanese ambassador to Canada presented 2,000 trees to the people of Toronto on behalf of the people of Tokyo. The trees were planted in appreciation of Toronto accepting relocated Japanese-Canadians following the Second World War. Many of these trees were planted on the hillside overlooking Grenadier Pond. A grove of cherry trees donated by Yoriki and Midori Iwasaki was planted in 1984 in High Park, In 2001 and 2006, a total of 50 additional cherry trees were planted as part of the Sakura Project, a symbol of friendship between Japan and Canada.

CHERRY BLOSSOM TRIP PLANNING – 2021

The city of Toronto has announced that High Park cherry blossoms will be streamed online, but the park will remain open.

Access to areas of High Park with cherry blossom trees will not be permitted during their pre and peak-bloom period because maintaining proper physical distancing in these areas will not be possible.

The City will be enclosing three areas in High Park that feature cherry blossom trees – Cherry Hill, near the sports fields and at the Jamie Bell Playground with fencing to prevent in-person viewing of the trees. All park gates and entrances will also be closed to vehicle traffic.

The closure dates are weather-dependent and will be announced when the bloom period is determined.

 

Dates (Full Bloom Expected): Mid to Late April. Once open, flowers last from 4-10 days, depending on the weather conditions.

WHERE: Most of the Cherry blossoms are located along the hillside beside Grenadier Pond.

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Photo Credit: Google Maps/High Park Nature Centre

PARKING DURING PEAK CHERRY BLOSSOM SEASON:

NO PARKING AND NO CARS:

The park will be closed to vehicles during this time (day and night).

Use public transit. Motorists can expect delays in the area and should consider alternate methods of transportation. High Park or Keele stations are nearby. Find parking near High Park.

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DIRECTIONS:

 

See here for more details.

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