Best Spots to Enjoy Cherry Blossom Season

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There is nothing more delightful than viewing the beautiful cherry blossoms (aka ‘Sakura’) flowering each spring! Each year, thousands of people flock to Toronto’s High Park, where the blooms are carefully watched, enjoyed, photographed, and celebrated, but there are a many other spots you can enjoy the blooms as well.

You can expect to see the Sakuras in bloom between mid-April to the end of May, but they are only in full bloom for a week or two, so be sure to check bloom predictions before heading out.

Greater Toronto Area

High Park
1873 Bloor Street West, Toronto
Perhaps one of the most popular spots to experience the Sakura in Ontario. Thousands will visit High Park over the course of a week or two each spring to catch the height of the blooming period. Follow the Sakura Bloom Prediction online to find out when the Cherry Blossoms are in full bloom. 

Exhibition Place
100 Princes Boulevard, Toronto
Just around the corner, but much less crowded than High Park, this flowering canopy of Sakuras can be found near the Princess Margaret Fountain just north of the Princes’ Gates.

Trinity Bellwoods Park
790 Queen Street West, Toronto
Another one of the city’s larger parks, Trinity Bellwoods has approximately seventy Sakura trees. You can experience their magical beauty (with the CN Tower just in the background for perfect travel photos!) at the south end of the park.

Edwards Gardens
755 Lawrence Avenue East, Toronto
Adjacent to the Toronto Botanical Garden, Edwards Gardens is a private estate garden that is now open to the public. The stunning gardens feature cherry tree blossom trees just near the water fountain and the Edwards Garden courtyard. This is a beautiful spot for photos and quiet strolls anytime of the year.

Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre
6 Garamond Court, Toronto
Find these cherry blossom trees in and around the parking area of the centre.

Centennial Park
256 Centennial Park Road, Etobicoke
With 500 trees Centennial Park has the second-largest cherry blossom tree collection in Ontario. Find the best spots for viewing to the northeast of the Centennial Park Conservatory.

Birkdale Ravine
1297 Ellesmere Road, Scarborough
The Birkdale Ravine is home to over 40 trees that were gifted from Toronto’s sister city in Japan, Sagamihara. You’ll find these blooms on the south side of the ravine.

Kariya Park
3620 Kariya Drive, Mississauga
Named after Kariya, Mississauga’s sister city in Japan, this Japanese-inspired garden features over 300 cherry blossom trees.

Visit the City of Toronto website for more information and locations within the GTA.

West of the GTA

Royal Botanical Gardens
680 Plains Rd W, Burlington, ON L7T 4H4
Welcome spring from Late April too Mid May you’ll find the Cherry Blossoms blooming in the Arboretum, Rock Garden and Laking Garden. This is a great location to visit with kids as there are so many other things to do at the gardens, as well as many special events.

Spencer Smith Park
1400 Lakeshore Road, Burlington
Burlington’s cherry trees were gifted from its twin city in Japan, Itabashi. Visit the park to enjoy it’s Japanese-inspired garden along with it’s waterfront boardwalk, pier and playground.

Gage Park
1000 Main Street East, Hamilton
This popular spot features a smaller selection of Sakura trees. You’ll ind the pretty pink blooms just behind the greenhouse.

Bayfront Park
200 Harbour Front Drive, Hamilton
You won’t need to look far to spot these blooms – the pathway to this waterfront park in Hamilton is lined with Cherry Blossom trees donated from Japan more than 20 years ago.

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