In late April to early May the Sakura Cherry Trees release their beautiful blooms and sprinkle the city in colorful petals that signify the first signs of spring.
One of the most popular spots to see the flowers is at High Park in Toronto – a place I’ve enjoyed since childhood. If you plan to visit make sure to arrive early as the parking lots are often full by 10 am and car access to the park may be closed. With some patience and a little luck you may be able to find street parking but read the signs carefully to avoid getting a ticket.
Be prepared to face large crowds and bring your walking shoes as High Park is expansive with many hills. The most impressive showing of cherry blossoms is on the path leading to the lake along Hillside Garden where the trees are densely grouped.
Cherry blossom season if very short (a week to a week and a half) so even if you only visit once in a lifetime for some beautiful photos and a day out with the family it is well worth it. I also recommend dressing appropriately since the weather in Toronto can be quite cold and damp as we transition into spring and check the park's website for cherry blossom updates.
If you miss the blossoms you can still visit the park this summer and enjoy the zoo, nature trails, bike routes, picnic areas, gardens and playgrounds.