Sunday, April 07, 2024

Cherry Blossoms in Toronto 2024

Update Saturday, April 20, 2024: Peak blossoms are getting close in High Park and in Exhibition Place.
Liberty Grand at Exhibition Place
High Park Cherry Blossom Festival
Queen's Park blossoms

U of T Robarts Library

University of Toronto's Robarts Library, Queen's Park and Trinity Bellwoods Park are all in peak bloom as of April 20. University Avenue trees are still not in bloom. 

The Weather Network on April 20th forecasts that temperatures could prove troublesome for the blossoms that still have to develop. "With overnight lows expected to dip below the freezing mark and little to no wind, a potential frost could put the cherry blossoms in jeopardy."

See more photos of the 2024 blossoms at the bottom of this post.

Update April 16: High Park blossoms have already started popping out and the Sakura cherry trees are on track for full bloom soon - unless bad weather and winds blow off the blooms, so it looks like Saturday the 27th will be peak weekend blossoms in 2024 but Saturday, April 20 will have a lot of blossoms on display. Remember the park will be closed for vehicles beginning April 22  for 2024, this will begin on April 20

Also the University of Toronto Robarts Library cherry trees are currently now at peak blossom. The Harbord Street library began peak blossom April 15 so try to get out to see them before Saturday, April 20.

From the City of Toronto April 16, 2024 media release:

"The City of Toronto is expecting cherry blossom (Sakura) trees across the city to reach peak bloom over the next couple of weeks. This annual rite of spring is a popular natural phenomenon Torontonians and visitors will soon be able to enjoy at several locations across the city. There are more than a dozen locations across Toronto where cherry blossoms can be enjoyed, many of which are easily accessible by public transit:

• Broadacres Park
• Cedar Ridge Park
• Cedarvale Park
• Edwards Garden
• Exhibition Place
• High Park
• Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre
• John P. Robarts Research Library
• Trinity Bellwoods Park
• University of Toronto Scarborough Campus
• Woodbine Park
• York University"

You can find out more about theses locations on the City's Cherry Blossom website.

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Cooler temperatures have slowed the growth of the cherry blossom buds in High Park. Sakura Watch is predicting buds will open April 18 to 24 with peak blossoms to follow by a few days, so that puts weekend peak either Saturday, April 20 or 27.
The giant Maple Leaf garden in Hillside Park

Right now (April 7) the cherry blossoms are in Stage 1 - round green buds which means that the park is not busy. However in another week or two this place will be booming for the Cherry Blossom Festival. The blossoms can last 4 to 10 days so you have a narrow range to see the beautiful flowers in the trees.

See more blossoms of 2024 following the jump.
Trinity Bellwoods blossoms along the path to Queen Street. There are also some at the Dundas Street area of the park
Queen's Park blossoms to the right of the building. You can also find some cherry trees around the horsey guy statue in the park behind the legislature

Around Princess Margaret Fountain in Exhibition Place
The path along the Toronto Event Centre in Exhibition Place

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