Cherry blossom madness is so real Toronto police have issued a traffic warning

May 4 2018, 9:05 pm

It’s true, cherry blossom season has finally arrived.

According to Sakura in High Park’s latest update, we should see the High Park cherry blossoms start to bloom this weekend between May 4 to 6.

Then, the peak bloom should be at its fullest between May 9 to 12.

And if you’ve ever been in the High Park area during these weeks, you’ll know that the hype is real.

In fact, it gets so busy, that this year the Toronto Police Service has issued a traffic warning for commuters.

From Friday, May 4 to Sunday, May 13, the annual Sakura Festival, better known as the Cherry Blossom Festival, officially takes place in High Park.

Police say that during the weekdays, the highest attendance period is estimated to be between 4 pm and 10 pm. During the weekends, visitors begin arriving at High Park at 7 am, with a stream of visitors throughout the day until approximately 10 pm.

“Motorists can expect delays in the area and should consider alternate methods of transportation,” said Police in a news release.

The main streets surrounding High Park that will be affected are Bloor Street West, Keele Street., Parkside Avenue, and Lake Shore Boulevard West.

Police added that the festival will take place regardless of weather conditions.

So if you’re heading down for that Insta moment, maybe take transit.

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