It’s almost Hanami time in Toronto!
Cherry blossoms are set to bloom in the weeks to come, meaning that High Park will soon be a zoo.
Especially considering vehicles will not be allowed to park or drive through High Park during the peak bloom period between late April through early May.
This means you will not be allowed to drive into the park to any of the lots near Grenadier Café, Children’s Playground, or High Park Zoo.
So, if you’re looking for an alternative destination to find these ephemeral blooms, check out this list below mapping out exactly where to find the best sakuras.
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The grove of 50 cherry trees is a big springtime attraction at this park. Follow the crowds to find the blooms located in the Hillside Gardens area across from the Grenadier Restaurant.
Where: 1873 Bloor Street, Toronto
At this Scarborough ravine, you’ll find 45 cherry blossoms planted as a tree tunnel near the Pomeroy Street and Lyon Heights Road entrance.
Where: 1100 Brimley Road
In the southwest corner of this Etobicoke park, look forward to seeing 100 bloom-filled trees planted neatly in rows.
Where: 35 Crendon Drive, Etobicoke
A small collection of Japanese cherry trees can be found on site at this beautifully landscaped park filled with lush flowering trees, shrubs, and bulbs.
Where: 225 Confederation Road, Toronto
If you find yourself in the north end of the city, you’ll find a quieter park featuring paved pathways, making it easier for those will strollers to explore the grounds.
Where: 443 Arlington Avenue
Petals spill out onto the pathways at this sprawling Etobicoke greenspace where 463 cherry trees are located northeast of the Park Conservatory as well as along Rathburn Road and Centennial Park Boulevard.
Where: 151 Elmcrest Road, Toronto
Take the ferry to the Toronto Islands to take in the cherry blossoms and soak in the sunshine. The island is home to about 30 cherry trees that should be reaching their prime very soon.
Where: Toronto Islands
Catch a glimpse of these sweet blooms on route to Cherry Beach. There are about 45 cherry trees located on the northeast corner of Cherry Street and Villiers.
Where: Intersection of Cherry and Villiers Streets, Toronto
There are eight medium trees located near the water fountain and two mature trees close to the bridal path entrance.
Where: 755 Lawrence Avenue East
Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre
Cherry trees are located on the north, south and east sides of the parking lot with more on the north side of the building.
Where: 6 Garamond Crt.
Located close to Queen’s Park, the library is home to a number of cherry blossom trees which are located at the corner of Huron Street and Harbord Street, lining the walking path.
Where: 130 St George Street
The path southeast of Trinity Circle is lined with cherry trees. If the weather cooperates, soon enough you’ll find this park becoming a magnet for sun worshippers, dog walkers, picnicking people, and of course, spring flower lovers.
Where: 790 Queen Street West, Toronto
See the trees outside Robarts Library or head to Scarborough to check out the campus where you’ll find 50 trees are located in front of the Humanities Wing.
Where: 1265 Military Trail, Toronto
Twenty new sakura trees were planted in 2017 forming a tunnel of cherry trees near the waterfront.
Where: 1695 Queen Street East, Toronto
Since 2003, there have been 250 cherry blossom trees planted throughout the campus.
Where: 4700 Keele Street