Tuesday, April 02, 2019

Toronto Cherry Blossoms 2019

Mother Nature is fighting back on Spring but its coming is inevitable, soon the trees will show their first light shades of green as the buds begin to sprout. At the same time wildflowers and gardens will start to see shoots peaking out of the ground. Then around the end of April, beginning of May the fruit trees will blossom and thousands of people will visit the holy grail of blossoms - High Park during the Cherry Blossom Festival. The blossoms at top are from a previous spring, come back as I add blossom photos as the weather warms up.
Update April 20, 2019: Buds have popped out and they are very cute. Late April, Early May is still the anticipated peak bloom

High Park near Lake Shore and Parkside Drive sees thousands of people stream into the grounds searching out the Sakura trees given to Toronto by Japan in 1959, with 50 more trees planted in 2017-2018. Just as the crowds of people wind their way through the park, a steady river of cars inches their way into the entrance and into the interior, looking for that elusive parking spot so that they can also see the blooms. In the interest of safety the City of Toronto will ban cars during the 2019 Cherry Blossom Festival (peak bloom) so you will have no choice but to walk or take public transit to the edges of the park and walk in.

If you want to avoid the crowds you can visit the many other blossom sites located around Toronto, the concentration of trees is smaller, but some of the settings are spectacular including such places as found at Roberts Library at the University of Toronto (70 trees), those around the Princess Margaret Fountain in Exhibition Place, down the centre boulevard of University Avenue, the few in front of Queens Park, inside the grounds of Osgoode Hall and the line of trees looking toward the CN Tower in Trinity Bellwoods Park (70 trees).

The City of Toronto's extensive list of locations shows the following additional sites with a fair amount of trees; Birkdale Ravine (45 trees), Broadacres Park (100 trees), Centennial Park (463 trees), Cherry and Villiers Street intersection (45 trees), Toronto Island Park - Centre Island (30 trees), U of T Scarborough Campus (50 trees) and York University in North York (250 trees).

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