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Here's when Toronto can expect to see cherry blossoms for 2023

Spring is upon us, and there are just weeks to go until Toronto's cherry blossoms are in full bloom for 2023. 

Toronto residents descend onto High Park every spring to see and photograph the iconic pink flowers, a true marker that warmer weather is here to stay.

It's gotten to the point where posing under pink flowers and sharing it to your Instagram account is a basic Toronto tradition.

While it's too soon to nail down the exact week when the exquisite Japanese blooms will take over the city, we can still get an approximate prediction of a timeframe by looking at data from years before. 

For 2022 the High Park Somei-Yoshino blossoms bloomed in the early week of May, with peak blooms recorded from May 5-9, according to the Sakura High Park watch.

Two years ago, in 2021, peak blooms across High Park's 2000+ cherry trees were recorded between April 20 - April 24.

During the cursed spring of 2020, the High Park blooms peaked from May 3rd to the 9th.

There is a very small window of time until the blossoms begin to fall off the trees, some 5-10 days, depending on weather conditions. The warmer it is, the shorter the blossom period will last.

According to the High Park Nature Centre, as of March 21, the blossoms are "firmly closed in small brown buds" and are waiting for more sunshine to open up.

Looking at this data, I think it's safe to say we can expect the blooms to appear at the end of March or early May - meaning it's anywhere from five to six weeks until High Park is absolutely jammed.

Don't forget to check out Birkdale Ravine, Centennial Park, Broadacres Park and Robarts Library for less crowded cherry blossom blooms.

Lead photo by

Fareen Karim

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