Canadian weather ‘stunts’ Cherry blossom bloom across the GTA

Apr 20, 2022 | News

Cold weather conditions may delay the annual spectacle of cherry blossoms in Toronto’s High Park this year.

The blossom only lasts about 4-10 days according to a Toronto press release. Cherry blossom season is usually in late April to early May.

And many people look forward to the event.

Simon Fernandes is an international student from Venezuela and a graduate of the Business Administration and Marketing program at George Brown College.

“I’m hugely influenced by anything Japanese,” he said. “And since travelling to Japan is hard, the closest place to see the blossoms is in High Park. There’s even a few cherry blossoms within my sleeve.”

Simon Fernandes sports a sleeve tattoo that is heavily influenced by his love for Japanese culture.
Simon Fernandes sports a sleeve tattoo that is heavily influenced by his love for Japanese culture. Photo credit: Damon Nim

Between school and his busy work life living as an international student, Fernandes was unable to see the cherry blossoms bloom.

Having travelled back home to spend time with his family, he hopes to find the time to see them bloom for himself when he comes back in the coming weeks.

It’s been a tough few years for anyone hoping to see the spring colours.

Aliyah Clarke-Singh, graduate from the Radio Broadcasting program at Humber North.
Aliyah Clarke-Singh, graduate from the Radio Broadcasting program at Humber North. Photo credit: Aliyah Clarke-Singh

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, High Park was closed to the public and was fenced off in 2021 in response to public health orders.

One of the park’s many attractions includes Cherry Hill. The cherry blossom trees were donated by Japan as a thank you to Canada for its help in the Second World War.

“What we were able to do at that time was really pivot to promoting the bloom cam which was a 24-hour camera which was set up in the park in order to allow people to experience the cherry blossoms bloom from their homes,” said Jane Arbour, Manager of Stakeholder Relations and Issues Management for Parks, Forestry, and Recreation.

And much like Fernandes, Aliyah Clarke-Singh has always wanted to travel to Japan but appreciates the small pieces of it they can find in the GTA.

“I personally don’t live in the area but I do love the area itself. It’s very peaceful and it’s also a great place for regular Toronto folk, but it’s an amazing place for tourists too,” said Clarke-Singh, a Radio Broadcasting graduate from Humber North Campus.

Although the park is large with ample space Clark-Singh explained how she loves going to the park because it provides her with a sense of much-needed personal space.

While the Sakura groves in High Park are the most popular, people can also experience cherry blossoms at 15 other locations across the city.

Other cherry blossom groves can be found online at toronto.ca/cherryblossoms.