The best place to see Cherry blossoms in Toronto is at High Park. The flowering of the Sakura trees is spectacular, and peak bloom (typically in late April to early May, depending on the weather) only lasts about a week.
399 acres in the middle of Toronto is indeed a large park. Cherry Blossom (Sakura) tress are given quite a prominence here. There are many designated children’s playgrounds, sports facilities, 18 picnic areas, hiking trails, large green spaces, waterfront trails and benches galore to sit and enjoy the view.
High Park Zoo is a lovely place to see some exotic animals and entrance is free. There are the “infamous” Capybara couple that gained fame when they broke free in the spring of 2016 and expanded their family.
Travel Directions to see Cherry Blossoms in Toronto
If driving here, there are two main entrances to the Park: 1.High Park Avenue and Bloor Street West 2.High Park Boulevard and Parkside Drive
If you’re using public transit, Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) Directions:
- From High Park Subway Station or Keele Subway Station walk south (crossing Bloor Street West)
- From the 506 College Streetcar get off at High Park Loop
- From the 501 Queen Streetcar get off at Colborne Lodge Drive
Parking: There are two free parking lots in the park; one at the Grenadier Restaurant in the middle of the park and one on Spring road at the south east corner of the park. Parking is also available sporadically along West Road and Colborne Lodge Drive
- If driving, you WILL find parking inside the park, be patient and drive around.
- Portable toilets available in the park apart from the ones in the restaurants.
- Carry wet-wipes with you for after washroom use as there is no running water provided in the portalets.
- Do plan to spend the whole day, it might be a bit chilly if visiting in winter but is very pretty, dress warm.