One activity we always look forward to during spring in Toronto is cherry blossom season, and thankfully, there’s no shortage of magical places in the city to view the spring blooms. This year, because of the summer-like that’s hit the city mid-April, the cherry blossoms have bloomed early in some places and are nearly ready in others. Between the 20th to the 28th, they’ll be blooming in High Park, one of the most popular spots for cherry blossom chasing, but in some other underrated spots, you can already walk among a flurry of blossoms, have a picnic, and enjoy the warmer weather. Here are 10 wonderful places in Toronto you should go chase cherry blossoms!
1. High Park
One of the most photographed spots for photographers and models during spring, High Park deserves to be high on our list for its excellent cherry blossom trees and a gorgeous park that spans across 399 acres. To read recent reports on the cherry blossoms progress, check this website, Sakura in High Park. Because of the recent summer-like weather, the cherry blossom’s growth has accelerated with blooms predicted to bloom between April 20th and 28th! High Park can get quite busy so if you’re hoping to have a picnic or take some photos, we’d recommend strategizing your trip in advance.
2. Trinity Bellwoods Park
Head to the nearby neighborhood cafe, Hamers Coffee, then make your way to Trinity Bellwoods Park for some cherry blossoms. Offering lush trees and an amazing view of CN Tower, Trinity Bellwoods Park is high on people’s list of places to visit during spring.
3. Yorkville Park
Yorkville Park offers a chance to eat, shop, and people watch underneath cherry blossoms that line the streets, making it an excellent place to spend the afternoon.
4. Centennial Park
Centennial Park is home to the second largest collection in the city and is also a great place to go for flower varieties of all types all year long. If you’re going cherry blossom hunting, you can find them located along Rathburn Road, on Centennial Park Boulevard, and northeast of Centennial Park Conservatory.
5. Exhibition Place
Guests visiting the grounds can take in the cherry blossoms at Exhibition Place from late April to May, which are marked on their map that you can find on their website here.
6. Birkdale Ravine
A more under-the-radar location that offers scenes of big, lush cherry blossoms that offers 1.3k of blossoms. These cherry trees (all 45 of them) were donated by Sagamihara, Toronto’s sister city in Japan.
7. Broadacres Park
The perfect place for a special photo opp, Broadacres Park hosts 100 blooming cherry blossom trees all lined up in a row near Elderfield Cres.
8. Robarts Library
At Robarts, the 70 Japanese cherry blossom trees were given to the university as a gift from the Consulate General of Japan. Here, the cherry blossom trees are framed by the beautiful exterior of the library, making for an excellent backdrop for photos.
9. Toronto Island Park
For an adventure, book a ferry trip to Toronto Island Park and take in the island feel amongst 30 cherry blossom trees. If the weather permits, you can kayak or if not, visit the amusement park for a fun-filled day with beautiful views of Toronto’s skyline just across.
10. Ramsden Park
A hidden gem for cherry blossoms. Head over to this quaint park and take a seat on a bench framed by gorgeous branches dripping with sakura blossoms.