High Park Cherry Blossom Watch

CBW_donate-buttonCelebrate spring’s arrival with a visit to High Park and participate in the centuries old Japanese tradition of Sakura Hanami, roughly translated as “cherry blossom flower viewing.” The flowering of the Sakura trees is spectacular, but peak bloom only lasts about a week, so keep updated on the progress of the blooms by visiting our website. We’ll take weekly photos of the buds so you don’t miss a thing!

UPDATE: It is starting to look as though we will not have a peak bloom at all this spring in High Park. There will likely be a few blossoms later in May but we certainly will not have the stunning display we are used to in late April or early May. As of today, we are seeing mostly leaf buds.  

The later-blooming Akebono and Fegunzo cherries look like they will produce some flowers. We will continue to update you on these sakuras as well. 

But there are so many other reasons to come to High Park this spring! Please come out and appreciate the many changes of spring. 

  • Over the weekend and in the past few days, a few Sakura blossoms have been spotted but they are few and far between. Most of the branches look like the one pictured here – no flowers but lots of leaves. With leaves now emerging, we predict there will be no peak bloom this year. Luckily, there are plenty of other flowering trees blooming now in the park, including crabapples, magnolias and serviceberries!

Top Tips For a Responsible Visit

Walk, Bike or TTC

Walk, bike or take public transit to the park. Reduce air pollution and get exercise too!

Be green! Please bring your garbage home, or make no garbage by using reusable containers.

Take only memories and photos. Please do not break Sakura branches or take blooms off trees.

If you venture into natural areas, stay on existing trails to avoid trampling plants and compacting soil.








  • Donate to Cherry Blossom Watch
    We need your help! Please donate so we can continue to provide Cherry Blossom Watch updates this year and the next! You can donate by clicking on the “Donate Now” button at the top of the page, or click here.

  • Tracking & Predicting 
    Peak Bloom

    Track the blooming progress in our slideshow gallery. Review statistics from years past to learn how we predict the full bloom ahead.

  • Planning Your Visit
    Don’t plan your visit before checking this out! View an interactive map, directions, and tips on how to make your visit fun, safe and responsible. 

  • History and Horticulture 
    Read about the history of cherry blossoms in Toronto and Japan. Learn how the value of these trees exceeds that of beauty. How does local wildlife use the trees?