If you've been waiting all year, or for the past two years, to finally see cherry blossoms in Toronto, your time has finally come.
According to Steven Joniak, a Toronto sakura expert who runs the Sakura in High Park website, blossom buds were in stages three and four in High Park as of April 22.
With the progress seen that day, the sakura expert predicts that "the first blossoms will begin to open by, or just before, April 28."
"The peak bloom, where about 70% of the blossoms are open, will likely start the first week of May, around May 4," Joniak said.
Even with the chillier spring weather, including cooler nights and rain, "the trees are, in fact, on a more average timetable," the expert added, attributing this to recent warmer temps.
"Lately, the weather has been warmer and more spring-like, which has helped the buds to progress into the next stages of development," Joniak said.
In stage three, you can begin to see the florets appear, and once this stage is reached, peak bloom is about 10 to 15 days away.
Additionally, some trees were already in stage four, in which florets are clearly visible.
There are many different spots to see the cherry blossoms around the city other than the famous High Park, including Exhibition Place, Cedarvale Park, Toronto Island Park, Trinity Bellwoods Park and more.
In 2020, the City of Toronto closed off High Park during the cherry blossoms' peak bloom due to the COVID-19 pandemic; in 2021, the trees were fenced off from viewers.
Now, for the first time in two years, flower lovers can put on their favourite spring outfits and make their way to the park to view the blooms in person and capture the perfect moment.