Monday, April 11, 2022

Toronto High Park Cherry Blossoms 2022

May 2: This is the week that peak blossoms will happen. On site May 4: south section near maple leaf garden is still mostly florets, the north section along Grenadier Pond are almost at peak and need a few more days. Crowds are building!

May 4, 2022 photos

May 4, 2022 photo

Some of the Niagara area blossoms are already peeking out

The good news is that the City of Toronto will allow the in-person viewing of the 2022 Cherry Blossom Festival in High Park, now all we need is for the blossoms to pop. On April 9 the Sakura cherry buds were starting to show green and it will be a bit before the buds become round and green.
Bud development as of April 9, 2022

When the florets, or beginning of the flowers, start to show (florets visible) and I think that we should have peak bloom in late April, early May lasting 4 to 10 days. In late April the crowds will start descending on the park to get an up close look as the florets come out and early blossoms start to appear. This will be the first time that the fruit trees will not be fenced off since 2019 as part of Covid-19 precautions. If you don't like crowds you can find 15 other cherry blossom locations throughout the city, many of those will have few visitors. you can find these locations along with virtual tours on the City's website:

Mayor John Tory says "Thanks to the progress we have made confronting COVID-19, everyone will be able to come out and enjoy the cherry blossoms when they bloom this spring. When the peak bloom begins, I encourage you to rediscover the cherry blossoms in High Park and in cherry blossom locations across the city.”

High Park will restrict vehicles from entering the park during peak bloom and also throughout weekends and holidays. The City will have a Bloom Cam for 2022 which has become a popular way for people to keep on eye on the blossoms without having to go to site. The blossoms are concentrated along the paths near Grenadier Pond although their are separate groups of Sakura trees at various locations in the park.

The City's map of High Park

There is a lot of activities and services in the park - including bathrooms, port-a-potties, a restaurant and the High Park Zoo. There is also a trackless train that takes passengers on a 25 minute round trip tour of the park operating at various times - from May to Sept running 7 days a week, other times running only weekends from April to October. Check with the city to see when the train runs and the cost ($5 per adult).

The maple leaf flower bed
The metal staircase from Colborne Lodge Drive down to the path along Grenadier Pond
Beavers have been eating the trees along the edges of the pond

Grenadier Pond has plenty of ducks, geese and swans (pictured at top) to watch and many people fish the small body of water. Entry to the park is free and accessible all day, every day.

See my pictures of the 2019 blossoms, 2020 blossoms and Toronto blossoms in 2021.

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