High Park is Toronto’s largest public park. Centrally located on 399 acres of land in the heart of Toronto, High Park provides visitors with a unique and unusual sense of wilderness. Combining forested area, riparian zones including creeks and the largest pond in Toronto, as well as recreational facilities and well-mantained park land, High Park has something for everyone.
Recognized as one of the most significant natural sites within the City of Toronto, the park contains an outstanding concentration of rare plant species. One of this species is the “cherry blossom tree”
High Park is home of about 2050 cherry blossom trees, or sakura, donated from the Japanese ambassador to Canada and from individual families. These trees bloom in spring, and the beautiful blossoms are enjoyed by thousands of people every year. Many people ask about the best time to see the cherry trees in full bloom: your best bet is to pay a visit in late April or early May.
Cherry blossoms last for about a week to a week and a half if the weather is nice, but if it rains while they are in bloom then the flower petals fall quicker and the blooming may be over in just a few short days. Some years – not too often – if the weather is unusually cold in April then the trees may not bloom at all, since Toronto’s climate is about as cold as the Sakura trees can tolerate. The next picture was taken the last week:
Theoretically, the blooms might be better next weekend. However, according to the weather forecast, it will rain for most of this week, and so it is hard to tell how the trees will be.
Make sure you do not miss this beautiful event.