April 9 – BIG UPDATE – Blooming has NOW BEGUN!

Hope everyone enjoyed their Easter weekend!
Seems the Sakura // Cherry Blossoms held up well against the strong winds today and many of the trees are now showing anywhere between 40-60% of blooms! And if the milder temperatures and sunny weather keep up throughout the week then we could be seeing a full bloom by Wed-Fri this week & weekend!

Where to begin seeing sakura // cherry blossoms in the park?
The soccer fields (closest to the High Park Ave & Bloor St W entrance) have been the earliest trees to show blooms. Walking through the park you can see a number of the white blossom blooming trees scattered throughout the woods along the woods that line the main roadway as you make your way around the park.

Blooming trees by the sportsfileds - Apr 9/12Blooming trees by the sportsfileds - Apr 9/12Blooming trees by the sportsfileds - Apr 9/12Blooming trees by the sportsfileds - Apr 9/12Blooming trees by the sportsfileds - Apr 9/12Close-up of sakura - cherry blossoms - Apr 9/12

The largest collection of trees along the winding High Park Trail path near Grenadier Pond is also showing excellent cherry blossom progress with trees also on average 30-50% blooming and a few even closer to 60%!

Blooming trees along High Park Trail path - Apr 9/12Close-up of sakura - cherry blossoms - Apr 9/12Blooming trees along High Park Trail path - Apr 9/12Blooming trees along High Park Trail path - Apr 9/12Close-up of sakura - cherry blossoms - Apr 9/12Blooming trees along High Park Trail path - Apr 9/12

The main exceptions so far seem to be the group of Sakura // Cherry Blossom trees that line Grenadier Pond and also the second largest collection of trees near the Adventure Playground. So far, these trees are still in the late bud stages and appear to have been slowed down the by cooler temperatures. We’ll keep an eye on these over the next few days.

Budding trees along Grenadier Pond - Apr 9/12Close-up of sakura - cherry blossom buds along Grenadier Pond - Apr 9/12Budding trees along Grenadier Pond - Apr 9/12Budding trees along Grenadier Pond - Apr 9/12Close-up of sakura - cherry blossom buds along Grenadier Pond - Apr 9/12Sakura - cherry blossom budding trees along Spring Road - Apr 9/12

 

When is best time to view the sakura // cherry blossoms?
Its a guarantee this weekend will be a very, very busy place in High Park! The blooms should be at their peak and the park will be full of avid blossom viewers. Parking will be crazy both within, and around the park and nearby streets. TTC may be a better option to avoid any potential parking headaches and you can find a list of routes in the Maps & Directions page. And of course biking or walking are always an environmental option too.

Beat the crowds and come out during the week day hours when there are alot less people in the park. The atmosphere will be more relaxed and easier to take photos or simply enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the sakura //cherry blossoms throughout the park.

Also, keep in mind there are a few locations throughout the park to enjoy the Sakura – see our Map – and check back on our site or facebook page and twitter for the latest updates.

3 replies
  1. Peter says:

    Hello!

    i’m going to high park this thursday with my friends(including a japanese one)… what is your predicted percentage of blooming? I hope it would be near full bloom by that date… 🙂

    we went there last sunday with my family and the trees near the pond are still in bud stage as what i’ve posted on your fb page… 😀

    -Peter

    • Sakura Steve says:

      As of April 11, 2012 its looking like we are now in the range of 85-95% (some trees closer to full bloom then others) but the next few days is great time to begin going!
      Thanks for visiting the site

  2. Anon says:

    Hi there,

    I just wanted to thank you for your updates and beautiful pictures! They’ve been extremely helpful in planning my trip to High Park. Can’t wait to see the sakura in full bloom!

    -Anon

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