• Denise Paglinawan

Where to find cherry blossoms in Toronto this spring

Photo by Denise Paglinawan

Spring-appropriate weather has finally arrived in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). As the temperature starts to feel like spring in Toronto, with a high of 17°C and sunshine on Tuesday afternoon, it might soon be time to plan for a visit to one of the cherry blossom locations in the city.

Thousands of people flock to parks across the city every year to see cherry trees bloom at the end of April to early May and stroll under the pretty pink blossoms.

This year is the 60th anniversary of many cherry trees in High Park, one of the most popular spring attractions in Toronto where people go to see blooming cherry trees.

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.

Cherry trees in High Park are primarily located on the west side of Grenadier Pond.

With the anticipation of huge crowds looking to see cherry blossoms this year, the City of Toronto is restricting vehicle access and parking in High Park during the peak blooming season. This is to ensure public safety as well as help minimize traffic and congestion around the area.

Luckily for everyone, High Park and most cherry tree locations in the city are easily accessible by TTC.

Here’s where you can find cherry trees in Toronto:

  • Birkdale Ravine - TTC has service along Ellesmere/Brimley

  • Broadacres Park - TTC has bus service along Burnhamthorpe Road and along The West Mall

  • Cedar Ridge Park

  • Cedarvale Park

  • Centennial Park - TTC has bus service along Rathburn Road

  • Cherry Street and Villiers Street

  • Edwards Gardens - TTC has service on Lawrence Avenue East and Leslie Street

  • High Park - TTC has service along Parkside Dr. and High Park and Keele subway stations

  • Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre

  • John P. Robarts Research Library - TTC service along Spadina, St. George and Bloor streets

  • Toronto Island Park

  • Trinity Bellwoods Park - TTC service nearby

  • University of Toronto Scarborough Campus

  • Woodbine Park - TTC service nearby

  • York University - Accessible through York University subway station

The city will be releasing alerts about vehicle closures around the park and which TTC options are best to take to get there, Ward 4 city councillor Gord Perks said in a press release.

Perks also said there will be an increase in parking enforcement officers (PEOs) assigned to the area during the event.

“Many of these changes are being introduced for the very first time this year,” the councillor said. “As a result, there will be important lessons learned that can help inform our efforts in the future.”

© Denise Paglinawan 2020

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