It's that time of year again — the iconic High Park cherry blossoms in Toronto are now in full bloom, marking the peak of spring in the city.
According to the High Park Nature Centre, "full bloom" occurs when 70 per cent of the flowers on the Sakura trees have opened. As of 8:30 am on May 7, as many as 85 per cent of the flowers were seen in open form, making today the absolute perfect time to visit the park for cherry blossom viewing.
The full bloom is expected to last throughout the week, as temperatures continue to rise in the city. Monday will see temperatures of 15 C throughout the day, followed 18 C on Tuesday, 23 C on Wednesday and back to 15 C on Thursday.
Typically, cherry blossoms in Toronto reach full bloom at the end of April or early May. Thousands of people flock to High Park to see the cherry blossoms each year, and it tends to get very crowded during that time. Police remind those headed to High Park this week to be mindful of delays due to the high traffic.
For the most updated information, you can call in to High Park's new Cherry Blossom Hotline at 647-946-2547 or visit the following websites:
Want to ditch the crowds? You can also check out the beautiful weeping cherry blossoms at Kariya Park, a Japanese garden just outside of Toronto.