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6 spots to see cherry blossoms in Ontario this spring

As spring inches closer to summer, certain pockets of Ontario burst into breathtaking pink and white bloom as cherry blossom trees come into season across the province.

As spring inches closer to summer, certain pockets of Ontario burst into a breathtaking pink and white bloom as cherry blossom trees come into season.

The sight of Sakura trees in full bloom has become a popular tradition for locals and visitors. It has even merited several cherry blossom tracker sites to keep a day-to-day eye on the best time to gather your loved ones and head out cherry blossom peeping—or hanami—the Japanese term for flower viewing. But have you ever wondered how Ontario came to have these dreamy trees?

The history of cherry blossom trees in Ontario can be traced back to a gesture of gratitude between Canada and Japan. In 1959, the Japanese ambassador to Canada gifted 2000 Sakura trees to Toronto as a thank-you for welcoming re-locating Japanese Canadians to the city after World War II. These trees were planted in prominent locations across the province, kicking off an annual celebration that continues today.

Each spring, residents eagerly anticipate the blooming of Sakuras, gathering in parks and gardens to witness the fleeting beauty of the blossoms, which only last four to ten days after reaching peak bloom. According to the Toronto cherry blossom tracker, peak bloom is expected on April 22nd, so now is the time to decide where you’ll have your hanami celebration—and with whom.  

From urban parks to iconic gardens, here are six of the top spots in Ontario to take in the beauty and heart-warming sense of community that cherry blossoms offer. 


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  1. High Park, Toronto

High Park in Toronto is one of Ontario's most popular spots to view cherry blossoms. Thousands of visitors flock to this urban park each year to admire the blooming trees. The park's Sakura trees typically bloom in late April to early May, and one fully opened bloom has already been spotted. This park offers a picturesque scene perfect for a walk or a picnic under the blossoms. Note that High Park gets quite crowded during cherry blossom season, so if crowds aren’t your thing, you’ll want to plan your visit accordingly. 

  1. Royal Botanical Gardens, Burlington

The Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington is home to a diverse collection of cherry blossom trees that bloom in the spring. Stroll through the gardens' Cherry Hill to witness the jaw-dropping display of pink and white petals against the backdrop of lush greenery. The gardens offer a serene setting to enjoy not only Sakuras in peak bloom but also magnolia trees, lilacs, and roses.

  1. Centennial Park, Etobicoke

Home to more than 500 Sakura trees, Centennial Park in Etobicoke has the second-largest cherry blossom tree collection in Ontario after High Park, making it a must-see for Sakura lovers. The park features a grove of cherry trees that burst into bloom in the spring, creating a magical atmosphere for visitors. Take a leisurely walk along the park's pathways to admire the delicate blossoms up close. 


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  1. Major’s Hill Park, Ottawa

Spring ushers in a floral wonder at Major’s Hill Park in Ottawa, where cherry blossoms line Mackenzie Avenue in a stunning display. Nestled near the iconic ByWard Market, this park offers a serene escape with river views and greenery. This destination stands out because you can witness cherry blossoms and tulips blooming simultaneously with the Notre Dame Cathedral in the background.

  1. Kariya Park, Mississauga

When it comes to cherry blossom peeping, Kariya Park in Mississauga flies under the radar and may just offer some of the most stunning views of these magical trees. Thanks to the park's beauty, the ponds and rivers that run through it, its many bridges, and more, the park offers some of the most stunning views of these magical trees. If the weather is warm, pack a picnic and take a moment to relax by the pond and admire the delicate blossoms in this must-visit Mississauga park. 

  1. McMaster University, Hamilton

McMaster University in Hamilton is home to a stunning collection of cherry blossom trees that bloom every spring. The university's cherry trees create a beautiful canopy of pink and white blossoms that attract visitors and students alike. Take a stroll through the campus to admire the show-stopping blossoms.

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