Cherry Blossom Toronto

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Spring - one of our favourite times of year.

Winter is over and everyone rejoices while the city comes back to life.

The pinnacle performance, cherry blossoms.

Japanese mochi in celebration of cherry blossom trees macha and strawberry

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While cherry blossom season originates in Japan, it has made its way to other major cities such as Washington, Vancouver, Toronto, and more.

Cherry blossoms after winter are well celebrated with events such as cherry blossom festivals in Vancouver, cherry blossom art such as drawings or even cherry blossom nails.

Many companies have also introduced specialty limited time products to their stores such as Starbucks cherry blossom drinks, or Way of Wade cherry blossom shoes, and the Minecraft cherry blossom biome (which can be found close tot he mountains apparently).

Our favourite items to consume during the cherry blossom season are the original Japanese cherry blossom mochi (@naturaljapaneats makes a mean one!).


The most popular thing most people do during this time of year is take various photos under the ephemeral blooms before it's too late lest they can only catch a glimpse of the petal showers.

Still, there is a second wave of cherry blossoms in Toronto from a different kind of cherry blossom tree blooming a little later than the first, which comes with its own beauty and much like the earlier bloom, is gone as fast as it once came.

Needless to say, it's a very poetic and romantic time of year with plenty of places to soak up the scenery in Toronto.


Not all cherry blossom trees blossom at the same time.

Last year we gave updates on our social media for best times to visit and we plan on continuing the tradition, so be sure to follow us if you haven't done so already, follow us on TikTok and / or Instagram.

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For now, here are some cherry blossom Toronto locations you can enjoy.

cherry blossom Toronto at High Park with benches to sit on to take in the view

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High Park Cherry Blossoms

Cherry blossoms High Park, being the most popular location, expects thousands of visitors and usually transforms into a vehicle free zone.

Best to visit by transit, on foot, or while biking.

Some visitors even dress up in anime or traditional clothing for the photo op event.

It does get crowded during peak times (evenings and weekends) but there are many alternative locations below that are less crowded.

Keep reading for more!

Cherry Blossom High Park UPDATE April 13, 2024

cherry blossom Toronto at High Park April 13 2024 update

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We think it'll take another couple of weeks before they bloom.

What about you?

When do you think they'll bloom?

Let us know in our socials! :D


Toronto Music Garden

Down by the waterfront, you'll come across the Toronto Music Garden, which is full of blooms from spring and sometimes all the way through summer.

This is one of the activities you can do while hiking / biking in the direction of Humber River

*TIP* The Toronto Music Garden is also a great place to sit back and relax while enjoying musical performances put on during the summer or just to watch the planes take off / land any time of year.

If you want to know how to get to and from Billy Bishop airport (the Toronto Island airport), check out our article.


Cedarvale Park

Located just North West of Casa Loma is Cedarvale Park and Ravene - a beautiful place to bike / hike through.

This area is a family friendly area with ping pong tables and more.


University of Toronto

The downtown campus of U of T has a few locations to choose from for cherry blossom viewing.

cherry blossom Toronto at Robarts library, University of Toronto with a person walking on the path through the cherry blossom trees

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Robarts

The south end of Robarts is the most renown location on the campus but there are a couple of other locations, as well, one of them being its newest addition.

Cherry Blossom Robarts UPDATE April 13, 2024

cherry blossom Toronto at Robarts library, University of Toronto April 13 2024 update

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Some have already opened!


Cherry Blossom King's College Circle UPDATE April 13, 2024

cherry blossom Toronto King's College Circle at the University of Toronto April 13 2024 update

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King's College Circle

The iconic King's College Circle has newly been upgraded with landscaping areas that are more pedestrian friendly.

Among these new updates, are the new cherry blossoms that are perfect for spring convocation.

cherry blossom Toronto next to Victoria College at the University of Toronto - the bigger fluffier kind of cherry blossom trees with more petals

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Victoria College

The third and least well known location for cherry blossom viewing is located the little courtyard surrounded by the Victoria University, Victoria College, Northrop Frye Hall and Isabel Bader Theatre buildings.

This variety of cherry blossom is fuller in that it has many more petals (up to 100 petals) than its more popular counterpart (5 petals) and blooms later in the spring.

cherry blossom Toronto at the Legislative Assembly of Ontario building in Toronto

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Queen's Park at Wellesley

The government buildings at Queen's Park Crescent East and Wellesley also have a few cherry blossoms of the 100 petal variety.

Cherry Blossom Legislative Assembly UPDATE April 13, 2024

cherry blossom Toronto at the Legislative Assembly of Ontario building in Toronto April 13 2024 update

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A little more south at the Legislative Assembly of Ontario building, you'll find a couple of the 5 petal variety trees.


Centre Island

Visiting the Toronto Islands is a must at least once annually.

It's funny how just a small ferry ride away can open up to what feels like a beautiful mini getaway.

Once on Centre Island, make your way over the Centre Island Bridge and you'll see the cherry blossoms on your right.

It's a beautiful path studded with cherry blossoms - a perfect photo op!

cherry blossom Toronto at Trinity Bellwoods with the CN tower in the background and people picnicing under the cherry blossom trees

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Trinity Bellwoods

Another Toronto favourite and therefore busy location for cherry blossoms is Trinity Bellwoods.

Cherry Blossom Trinity Bellwoods - south UPDATE April 13, 2024

cherry blossom Toronto at Trinity Bellwoods south April 13 2024 update

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You'll see a cherry blossom studded path towards the south of the park but *TIP* if you want to catch a photo of the CN Tower framed by cherry blossoms, we recommend trying the north spot, closer to Dundas St. W.

Cherry Blossom Trinity Bellwoods - north UPDATE April 13, 2024

cherry blossom Toronto at Trinity Bellwoods north April 13 2024 update

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Ramsden Park

Located across the street from Rosedale station, this short in width park actually might seem small, but don't underestimate it as it spans from Yonge St. all the way to Avenue Rd.

This is a very family friendly area busy with dog park and more.

cherry blossom Toronto - cherry blossom trees

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Centennial Park

Centennial Park is a nice place to watch Pearson Airport's planes land and take off (dependent on the direction of the wind, of course).

There are also many other things to see and do at this park such as visiting a greenhouse, golfing, a nice field to picnic in and more.

The cherry blossoms, here, are in a row which make for a nice photo shoot.


Broadacres Park

Near Centennial Park is Broadacres Park, a smaller park that has both variety of cherry blossoms for your viewing convenience.

The fluffier variety even have a bench under them.

How welcoming!


Cherry Street and Villiers Street

This location is along the way of one of our favourite biking / hiking trails towards Woodbine Beach.

The area behind the Distillery District along the waterfront has been newly renovated to accommodate the new Ontario line and create more green spaces.

Amongst these new developments is a small park named Mini Blossom where you can see some cherry blossoming trees and take in the new view.


Edwards Gardens

Edwards Gardens is a beautiful place to hike / bike to or visit by car.

Parking is available for those who are accessing the site by car.

For those who are hiking / biking, if you continue on the Don Valley map we provide in our article, it makes for a great hike / bike trek and is totally worth visiting.

If biking, heads up, you'll need to dismount once at the gardens.


Exhibition Place

Exhibition Place, is a less popular location for cherry blossom viewing but only because it might be less known.

The grounds are a popular attraction for the CNE which happens later in summer, so it could also be a popular attraction during the spring to enjoy the cherry blossoms.

cherry blossom Toronto - cherry blossom trees

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Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre

What a perfect place to have cherry blossoms.

Make a day of it and enjoy Japanese treats, the museum and cultural heritage workshops from the Centre.

If you're into museums, there's also the Aga Khan Museum (featuring Iranian culture) which is just a few blocks away.

Iran also has a beautiful way of celebrating spring.


York University

Another one of Toronto's universities adorns its campus with this highly sought cherry blossoming trees.

York University might be out of the way for some, but it is a nice alternative to the crowds.


Summary

The most popular locations to view the cherry blossoms are at Robarts U of T (but we have good reason to think King's College Circle will become rather popular, too), Trinity Bellwoods, and High Park.

All of them seem enchanting to us.

Which locations are your favourite?


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