MY FAVOURITE PLACES TO SEE CHERRY BLOSSOMS IN THE GTA

We all know that High Park in Downtown Toronto is the most popular location to see cherry blossom trees, it is the largest and most well known! However, that also means there are a lot of crowds, it can be hard to get the right photos, and to truly absorb and enjoy the stunning cherry blossom trees! Here are some of my favourite spots that aren’t as busy but still have lovely collections of cherry blossoms! 

KARIYA PARK

3620 Kariya Dr, Mississauga, ON L5B 3J2

This park is located in the heart of Mississauga, it is right next to Square One Shopping Centre! While it is in an extremely busy area, once you enter this park you are truly transported to an oasis! This Japanese garden is packed full of gorgeous cherry blossom and magnolia trees! There is so much culture and this park is actually named after a sister city of Mississauga, Kariya in Japan also has a park based on Mississauga’s City Hall!

Being able to immerse yourself in not only the cherry blossom trees but the entire layout and elements of the garden is really special! There are a few large trees near the entrance located on each side of the steps, this is a gorgeous spot for photos! As you walk up the steps, you get a glimpse of an archway that is the entryway to the garden! There is no fee to enter the garden so you’re able to walk right in! Inside the garden there are many really beautiful bridges and walkways, they are all centered around a lovely duck pond! You need to experience this small yet beautiful park for yourself! 

CENTENNIAL PARK

256 Centennial Park Rd, Etobicoke, ON M9C 5N3

This is a huge and very well known park in the GTA for many reasons, from the wading pool to the ski hill there is something for everyone in every season! There are multiple parking lots, however if cherry blossoms are the reason for your visit, you will want to park closer to Rathburn Rd. and Centennial Park Blvd. There are so many larger stunning trees along the side that are absolutely breathtaking! This area for cherry blossoms is huge, Centennial Park is actually the second largest collection, they are second to only High Park in Toronto! Because this is such a large area, there is enough space for you to social distance and really take your time to get some beautiful photos! This park has the cherry blossom trees in a long line that are located on both sides of the road. There are so many trees and it goes a long way, it’s so long that I wasn’t able to walk the entire way!  I would definitely recommend Centennial Park. It is a really relaxing and calming park! 

JOYCE ARCHDEKIN PARK

Main St S, Brampton, ON

This park is located near downtown Brampton, and is fairly small, it has a few sightings of cherry blossoms that are absolutely beautiful! The trees are large and due to the trees being located along the roadside there aren’t typically large crowds! It’s a great spot to spot for a moment, grab a photo and relax! 

Hope you enjoy these amazing spots to catch these years cherry blossoms in peak bloom!

Sincerely, Celine

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