It�s that time of year when all living things begin to bloom! Fingers crossed Mother Nature doesn�t have any more wintery surprises up her sleeve.
Once spring has sprung, a particularly exciting activity of ours is admiring the beautiful fruit blossoms of apricot, cherry, apple, nectarine, pear, plum, grape and peach trees across Ontario. People love doing this so much, #BlossomWatch is a thing. People show up in droves in Toronto’s High Park every year — and news outlets monitor the state of the flowers to assure peak selfie awesomeness.
While blossoms are usually on display throughout May, the exact schedule and locations are entirely dependent on the weather, making it difficult to predict. The blossoms in the southernmost parts of the province will show off a little earlier than most � the perfect place to start #blossomwatch. As it gets warmer earlier and earlier, we want to be sure that no one misses this most wonderful time of the year!
Niagara Parks predicts that their Japanese flowering cherry trees will bloom by mid-May. They can be found in their Botanical Gardens, Queenston Heights Park and Kingsbridge Park.
High Park in Toronto predicts the peak bloom of their cherry blossoms to be May 3-10. Torontonians, looking to skip the chaos that is High Park? Blossoms can also be found in Centre Island Park, Robarts Park, Centennial Park, Broadacres Park and Trinity Bellwoods Park. Check out the map here. As spring weather patterns vary, it may delay or accelerate these dates, so be on the lookout!
Not a park goer? Road trip to the Niagara region in Blossom season, deep into wine country to awaken all of the senses. If white blooms are more your style, take a drive into apple country or visit your local orchard and you�re bound to see these lovely buds.
If the weather stays nice, blossoms can last for about a week to a week and a half. If it rains while they are in bloom, the flower petals fall quicker and the blooming may be over in just a few short days.