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Toronto’s Natural Wonders. The Cherry Blossoms of High Park

16 May 2016
Bosley Real Estate

Blink and you’ll miss them — well, not quite, but if you wait too long to take in the cherry blossoms budding and blooming right now in Toronto’s High Park you might be disappointed.

The trees, which draw crowds to the city’s largest public park every spring, were a gift to Torontonians from the citizens of Tokyo as thanks for supporting Japanese-Canadian refugees after World War Two. Two thousand trees were presented on April 1, 1959, most of which line paths at the park’s Hillside Gardens, and the grove has had dozens of trees added to it since.

The cherry blossom, or sakura, trees are typically only in bloom for a week to 10 days, and as one of the city’s natural wonders, they’re truly a sight to see — a vibrant splash of pink that almost glows against green grass and blue skies. Equally mesmerizing is when the petals start to fall, and blanket the park in pink. The City of Toronto has an annual cherry blossom watch, which you can follow to time your visit perfectly, and estimates peak bloom time as May 7-9. In other words, time is of the essence!

How best to see High Park awash in pink? Cherry blossoms aren’t just a highlight for locals — they attract people from across the GTA — so opt for public transit if you don’t want to deal with parking. In Japan, “hanami” is the practice of picnicking under blossoming sakura trees, so call friends and family, pack some snacks, refreshments and a blanket and take respite under the pink blooms. And most importantly, don’t forget your camera!

The picture above was taken at 7:30am on Thursday and already hundreds of people had gathered to take in the sights, including at least one fashion shoot, several pre-wedding picture taking sessions and a few camera clubs.