Tuesday, April 18, 2023

Spring Blossoms in Toronto 2023

Temperatures climbed fast in April in the GTA and the trees started to come alive in shades of green as buds started to grow. Already the early bloomers like the Magnolia tree have started popping while the cherry trees have started to join the celebration of spring. In 2022 the blossoms peaked in early May.

The High Park Sakura website says "I’m now predicting that the Sakura Cherry Blossom bloom will begin between April 20-28." This weekend coming (April 22-23) could be the peak blossom weekend in the park.
High Park April 19
In High Park you can find the majority of cherry trees around Hillside Gardens next to Grenadier Pond although there are other strands sprinkled in the park. In Toronto my favourite locations to see blossoms are at Queen's Park, the Toronto Islands, Trinity Bellwoods Park and in Exhibition Place. The City of Toronto lists the many locations where you can find blossoms on this website: https://www.toronto.ca/explore-enjoy/festivals-events/cherry-blossoms/.
The City makes High Park vehicle free during cherry blossom season for a safer experience, so take public transit, bike or walk into the park. Joining hundreds of visitors viewing the cherry blossoms can provide stress relief, enjoy the beauty of nature and meet fellow blossom lovers.

Blossoms around Liberty Grande in Exhibition Place April 19

On April 19 the High Park blossoms were just starting to pop out, otherwise the pink florets are just days away from peak bloom. The City thinks that peak bloom will begin on April 20 and will continue for the next 4 to 10 days across Toronto parks with the cherry trees. Already Trinity-Bellwoods Park is right now in peak bloom.
Trinity-Bellwood blossoms in peak bloom April 19
From the City's news release "Many of the Sakura trees in High Park are roughly 60 years old. In 1959, the Japanese ambassador to Canada presented Sakura 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. Many of these trees were planted on the hillside overlooking Grenadier Pond."

Deputy Mayor Jennifer McKelvie (Scarborough-Rouge Park), Chair of the Infrastructure and Environment Committee said “Cherry blossom season is back and I look forward to seeing residents and visitors enjoying the blossoms in High Park and in locations across Toronto. Thank you to City staff for the work they have done to prepare for blossom season and the work they will do throughout this spring and summer.”

Consul-General of Japan in Toronto, Mr. Sasayama Takuya said “This time of year, one that marks the 95th anniversary of Japan-Canada diplomatic relations, is ideal to honour and remember the ongoing friendship and relationship between Japan and Canada that is embodied by the Sakura trees.”

See more of High Park after the jump.

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