High Park Cherry Blossom

High Park’s Cherry Blossom

Visiting the Japanese Sakura cherry blossom trees in Toronto’s High Park

Last week, on a late, sunny afternoon, we headed down to High Park to pay the blossoming cherry trees a visit.

The beautiful Sakura trees were first donated to Toronto citizens by the Japanese ambassador to Canada, in appreciation of Toronto’s support for Japanese refugees after the Second World War. The most recent arrivals were trees donated in the early 2000s.

High Park Cherry Blossom
Cherry blossom in High Park

Whilst these cherry blossoms can be seen at other locations around Toronto, such as the University of Toronto or York University, High Park is by far the best known display.

The cherry blossom was very pretty, although our experience was somewhat tainted by the sheer number of people that were there at the same time. Obviously everyone else had heard the news that the peak blossom was on Wednesday!

High Park Cherry Blossom

High Park Cherry Blossom last rays of sun
The cherry blossom catches a last few rays before the sun goes down
Cherry Blossom High Park
A shot from our guest photographer aka Emma’s dad

It was also good to see High Park in different conditions to those in which we’d last seen it. Our previous visit had been in January, when we were able to walk on the frozen Grenadier Pond!

The cherry blossom lasts for around 4-10 days, depending on factors such as whether there has been any rainfall. So, it might not be too late to check out the blossom if you haven’t done so already (there are websites which that keep a ‘live track’ of the blossom, so take a look at these first).

The biggest concentration of cherry blossom is by Hillside Gardens, but they can also be seen close to the baseball pitches and by the Upper Duck Pond.

Many flowers cherry blossom High Park
So many flowers…
Many people cherry blossom High Park
…and so many people
Emma parents
Emma welcomes her parents to Toronto!

Stewart

Chipmunk
We also spotted this little guy
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6 thoughts on “High Park’s Cherry Blossom

  1. Reblogged this on International Experience Canada and commented:
    Junto al Festival de Tulipanes de Ottawa, el Festival de la flor de Sakura o Cerezo Japonés es uno de los eventos más importantes de la primavera canadiense, ya que estos árboles fueron donados por Japón como agradecimiento a la ayuda ofrecida por Canadá durante la Segunda Guerra Mundial.

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