Finding Cherry Blossoms In High Park Toronto
We were so glad we found cherry blossoms in High Park Toronto while the trees were still full. Most years we were away at this time of year and missed them. It was yet one more way we enjoyed this great park so close to us at home.
We Loved To Catch Cherry Blossom Season
Travelling for cherry blossoms was always on our travel wish list. Experiencing cherry blossom season in Japan was high on that list. But when we visited Japan, we went in the fall and only saw Japan with fall colours.
We have a whole list of places to visit for cherry blossom season. But this list caused us to add other flower events to that list. We definitely wanted to return to Amsterdam when the tulips run riot in the fields. We wanted to visit France for lavender season. But we also discovered there were local Ontario spots for Lavender fields. And what could be more fun than finding fields of sunflowers nodding in the sun?
We were happy to start our Spring with with cherry blossoms in High Park!
High Park In Toronto
High Park is a large park (~400 acres) in the west end of Toronto just north of Lake Ontario. The park is hilly with two deep ravines and Grenadier Pond on the western side. Over the years of living in Toronto, we found lots to do in High Park. Hiking and bike paths run through the park. There are playgrounds, a labrynth and even a zoo for family entertainment.
The High Park Zoo has both domestic and exotic animals including bison, llamas, peacocks, deer, highland cattle and sheep. But even on a walk through the park we had lots of small animal and bird sightings.
We were happy we added cherry blossoms in High Park to the list of reasons to visit again and again.
Accessing Cherry Blossoms In The Park
Ontario in Canada was still in the midst of public heath measures to deal with Covid-19. And even outdoor venues were controlled to ensure social distancing. In 2020, High Park was shut during cherry blossom season and everyone watched the “Bloom Cam” only. In 2021, the park remained open. But the areas around the cherry blossom trees were barricaded and only views from a distance allowed.
The weather was up and down in the spring of 2021. And when a April freak snow storm hit, we were not sure how the cherry blossoms in High Park faired. Just before rain and high winds were forecasted, we checked the High Park status on the web cam and found that there were still cherry blossoms in bloom. And at the end of the peak blooming period, the barricades might be down!
When we got to the park, cars were allowed in and there was lots of open parking. We parked at the south end of the park off of Colborne Lodge Road and wandered from there. We saw signs that said “No Access To Cherry Blossoms”. But we figured we would see what we could from the road.
Our First Views From Afar
We kept walking up Colborne Lodge Road. We saw steep stairs that led down to Grenadier Pond. When we looked down, we saw no cherry blossoms. But we thought there might be people on the lower path.
When we almost reached the peak of the hills, the sight of pink blossoms caught our eye. But when we got close, we found just a few small magnolia bushes in bloom. A colourful treat. But not what we wanted.
As we walked, we looked down the hill over the hillside gardens. And at the bottom of the gardens we saw the large flower Maple Leaf that may be the best known landmark in the park. Apparently this was even visible from space! Below the gardens we got our first glimpse of a string of cherry trees.
At this point, we started to see gaps in the barricades. And there were definitely people down by the cherry trees. We were excited that we might get close to cherry blossoms in High Park.
Heading Down The Hill
We kept walking along the road at the top until we got to the steep path that went down to Grenadier Pond. The barricades were indeed moved over and we saw how blocked off the paths had been. But we were so glad that a mid-week visit got us open paths and few people.
As we walked down the hill, we discovered that great vista of cherry trees all in bloom. People stopped for pictures but we were happy to find they did not climb all over the trees. We moved close to get a detailed look at the blossoms.
We slowly walked down the hill. Every now and then, the smell of the cherry blossoms wafted in the air.
Wandering Along Grenadier Park For Cherry Blossoms In High Park
As we reached the bottom, we got a view of Grenadier Pond. The path turned back along the water.
We stopped and looked back up the hillside gardens. From this point, we saw the cherry trees and the grass littered with cherry blossom petals. Even with the grey and cloudy skies, it was a lovely sight.
But the cherry blossom trees were not the only thing flowering in the park. We smiled when we found several patches of daffodils with their heads raised to the sky. The Canada geese enjoyed their stroll through this Spring scene!
The path along the water gave us other interesting views. We were intrigued with the view of the cherry blossoms over the bull rushes.
The path we walked was down at pond level far below the road and our car. We wondered if we needed to find the stairs to get back up. But we spotted the steep path back up and headed that way. On the hill, we looked back for our last view of cherry blossoms in High Park.
A Great Day To See Cherry Blossoms In High Park Toronto
We were happy we were home and saw cherry blossoms in High Park in Toronto. It was late in the season but we visited before the rain and wind bared the trees. We got a beautiful display of spring blossoms. It was great to visit mid-week at the end of the cherry blossom season since we got so close to the cherry trees.
If you want a few moments of tranquil cherry blossoms views, CLICK on the photo below for the video. And enjoy!
There were many reasons to visit High Park. But Spring in the park was quite beautiful. Just another of the great things to do in Toronto!
Did you see cherry blossoms in High Park Toronto? Did you get to see them up close?
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