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Toronto Traditions: Toronto Cherry Blossoms

Toronto Traditions: Toronto Cherry Blossoms

Toronto Cherry Blossoms

Toronto’s got long winters. Like, really long winters. So when spring finally starts to peek out everyone is excited. Even the grumpiest of people crack a smile. Depending on how harsh the winter has been spring usually shows its face in early to late April. One of the clearest signs that spring has sprung in Toronto is the cherry blossoms. Now I know plenty of cities have fantastic cherry blossom collections but I’ve got a special fondness for the Toronto Cherry Blossoms.

Toronto has collections of cherry blossoms spread all through out the city. Having lived here for what I consider forever (okay 14ish years) I only discovered the cherry blossoms 2-3 years ago. Shameful, I know! But blame university and living outside of the downtown core. But once I did see these little suckers it was hard not to fall in love. They’re so pretty, photogenic and smell so good! It’s such a perfect way to celebrate spring and the good weather to come. I’ve rounded up some of the spots around town below but there’s of course many, many more places around Toronto to see them.

High Park

High Park is definitely what most people think of when they think of cherry blossoms in Toronto. It’s lovely but it’s also a hit or miss. High Park’s got a huge collection of blossoms ( the biggest in Toronto) and it’s also the most well known collection. There’s an online blossom watch run by the park which predicts the bloom. Most of the trees can be found in one area of the park, down by the ponds.

Toronto Cherry Blossoms

Toronto Cherry Blossoms

Toronto Cherry Blossoms

As you can see from the High Park pictures there’s definitely a big difference in when you go and how busy it is. The first set of pictures (above) were taken two years ago in the late afternoon. Bloom in that year was in the first week of May and the flowers were really pink. We went to see the trees in the evening. While the sunset basked the trees in a perfect glow it was also incredibly busy. The second set of pictures (below) were taken last week. We dragged ourselves out of bed and went to see the blossoms just after sunrise (and before work). The park was definitely a lot emptier. But maybe there was a difference in the light? The blossoms were definitely whiter and didn’t seem as full. I chalk that up to them blooming slightly earlier.

Toronto Cherry Blossoms

Toronto Cherry Blossoms

Toronto Cherry Blossoms

Mount Pleasant Cemetery

Mount Pleasant Cemetery is definitely one of the hidden gems with cherry blossoms. Sadly it’s one of the ones I haven’t gotten to check out yet. But if you’re headed over there the blossoms can be found by the fenced portion of the road. Budget some extra time to walk around! It’s one of the prettiest walks in Toronto (even if it’s a bit creepy).

Robart’s Library

Robart’s Library is also known as the peacock because of it’s shape. This University of Toronto icon however also houses a collection of cherry trees. This one’s particularly nice because they line a pathway which makes them really nice for photo shoots!

Toronto Cherry Blossoms

Toronto Cherry Blossoms

Toronto Islands

Most people don’t know that there’s about 30 cherry blossom trees on Center Island. They’re also easily accessible as they’re only a 10 minute walk from the docks. Since you have to take the ferry over, odds are that these are nowhere near as crowded as some of the other spots. So if you’re into having the place slightly calmer I’d check the trees on Center Island out!

Centennial Park

Centennial Park has the second largest collection of trees with over 200 trees. They’re a little bit more spread out in the park and you can find them just northeast of the conservatory and all the way to Rathburn Road.

Trinity Bellwoods Park

Trinity Bellwoods Park is a Toronto staple. It’s a large and popular park in the downtown core. Many people spend lazy summer days here. Like Robart’s Library, majority of the blossoms here line a pathway in the southeast corner of the park. It’s also super popular for all those OOTD posts. Saw 5-6 of them being done while we were there. The cherry blossoms in Trinity Bellwood do have one edge over the other locations, you can frame the CN Tower in a shot!

Toronto Cherry Blossoms

Toronto Cherry Blossoms

Toronto Cherry Blossoms

Toronto Cherry Blossoms  Toronto Cherry Blossoms

Does your city have cherry blossoms? Have you ever seen the ones in Toronto? Let me know in the comments and pin this post for your upcoming trip to Toronto!

ps. This is the first post in a series I’m going to be calling Toronto Traditions. I often get asked by family what some things you have to do in Toronto are and this series will be a way for me to showcase some of those things. If you’re ever in the city some of the things I feature in this series will be my favorite recommendations!

35 Comments

  • Nate Margono

    Pretty in pink! <3

    May 2, 2017 at 9:23 am
  • Indranil

    lovely read.. I’m sure the cherry blossoms were amazing to watch..’

    May 2, 2017 at 10:55 am
    • Lili
      Liliane

      Thank you! They really were!

      May 10, 2017 at 10:56 am
  • Jill

    Oh wow. I have always thought that Cherry Blossoms only grew in Asia. Do you know that they are called Sakura in Japan? They are so pretty. I have always wanted to see them with my own eyes! 🙂

    May 4, 2017 at 9:30 am
    • Lili
      Liliane

      I did know that! Apparently a lot of big cities have collections of them. They’re really nice flowers!

      May 10, 2017 at 11:17 am
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    May 6, 2017 at 3:25 am
    • Lili
      Liliane

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      May 10, 2017 at 11:00 am
  • Caroline

    Great photos! Loved the tips for locations!

    May 7, 2017 at 4:03 pm
  • Shane

    I had no idea Toronto had the ability to grow cherry blossoms. So gorgeous!

    May 12, 2017 at 12:09 pm
    • Lili
      Liliane

      Yes! It’s a little known fact to those not in Toronto but it’s absolutely stunning to take in!

      May 18, 2017 at 9:59 am
  • Chloe

    I didn’t realise that cherry blossoms were also in Toronto! I thought they were only in Japan etc. Amazing photos!

    May 12, 2017 at 2:07 pm
    • Lili
      Liliane

      Thank you! Yes, I think a lot of major North American cities have collections of them!

      May 18, 2017 at 10:20 am
  • Katherine

    My favourite part of spring is the cherry blossoms! And I’m kind of sad that we visited Canada at the beginning of winter instead of in spring now, because these places look gorgeous in bloom!

    May 12, 2017 at 3:20 pm
    • Lili
      Liliane

      It’s definitely a reason to come back! Canada is splendid in Winter but Toronto’s perfect in summer

      May 18, 2017 at 10:37 am
  • Kristof

    Love how you captured those cherry blossoms! Especially the picture with the sun beams!

    May 12, 2017 at 4:26 pm
    • Lili
      Liliane

      Thank you! It’s one of my favourites as well 🙂

      May 18, 2017 at 11:06 am
  • David

    When I think of cherry blossoms it is usually Japan that comes to mind, I didn;t realise there were so many in Toronto. The blossoms at Trinity Bellwoods Park look particularly beautiful!

    May 13, 2017 at 5:14 am
    • Lili
      Liliane

      Yes! Tons to see here. Trinity Bellwoods definitely had the nicest bloom this year!

      May 18, 2017 at 11:17 am
  • Ketki

    I loveeee Cherry Blossoms!! I wish they happened in India as well. I have really seen them blooming in Netherlands couple of years ago. Lovely photos. Keep it up 🙂

    May 13, 2017 at 10:58 am
    • Lili
      Liliane

      Thank you! Yes it would be lovely if everyone had access to them!

      May 18, 2017 at 11:20 am
  • Amr

    Love the pink color. Very useful info.

    May 13, 2017 at 11:15 am
  • Melanie

    Seeing Cherry Blossoms in bloom, in person, is high up on my bucket list! I had planned on trying to make it to DC to see them, but didn’t know Toronto was an option. Canada is also up there on my list too, so I may try to knock out two birds with one stone! Great post and gorgeous pictures!

    May 13, 2017 at 5:20 pm
    • Lili
      Liliane

      Thank you!! Yes definitely worth coming to Toronto for those!

      May 18, 2017 at 11:28 am
  • neha

    Cherry blossoms are one of my favorites. They look so beautiful when in full bloom. Thanks for the virtual tour of blooming Cherry blossoms from Toronto.

    May 14, 2017 at 2:02 am
    • Lili
      Liliane

      Thank you for reading!

      May 18, 2017 at 11:39 am
  • Tom

    I live in Washington DC, a place somewhat famous for the cherry blossoms, with a festival every year, so it’s neat to see that so many other cities have the same tradition. Being from Buffalo, NY, I have visitied Toronto so many times that I’m glad that have such festivals.

    May 14, 2017 at 7:54 pm
    • Lili
      Liliane

      Washington’s Cherry Blossoms is something I really want to see! I’ll have to try to catch it next year!

      May 18, 2017 at 1:02 pm
  • Wanderlust Vegans

    Cherry blossoms are really beautiful and photogenic. I guess I haven’t spent enough time in Toronto as when I think of Toronto it’s sort of a concrete jungle image that comes to mind rather than nice parks and flowers. Must be a relief when winter is over.

    May 15, 2017 at 12:56 pm
    • Lili
      Liliane

      It’s definitely what most people think about but we’ve got lots of nature in the middle of town. We’ve got a park bigger than Central Park that’s completely accessible with transit. We’ve got beautiful water fronts too!

      May 18, 2017 at 1:51 pm
  • Ana Ojha

    I didn’t know that Toronto is famous for its Cherry Blossoms too! I was only aware of Washington D.C.! Your pictures speak for itself how beautiful it is!

    May 16, 2017 at 11:22 pm
    • Lili
      Liliane

      Thank you! I think it’s a well kept secret but the ones we have are very pretty!

      May 18, 2017 at 2:35 pm
  • Swati & Sam

    Toronto looks so beautiful during the cherry blossom. Planning to visit Toronto this fall. Looks like, we have to do a spring trip as well. Lovely picture.

    May 20, 2017 at 5:31 am

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