30+ Best Spots to Find Cherry Blossoms in Ontario [2024 Guide]

You know winter has come and gone when the cherry trees start to bloom! While Japan is known as the mecca for cherry blossoms, you don’t have to travel across the planet to see them. We’re lucky to have several of the beautiful flowering trees here in the province! These flowers never last long but admiring these blossoms is one of the things to do in spring in Ontario that you have to experience. Here’s everything you need to know to find cherry blossoms in Ontario!

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Top Spots for Cherry Blossoms in Toronto

As Ontario’s capital, visitors and Ontarians alike often head to Toronto for a variety of reasons. I mean, it’s understandable as there’s plenty to see and do in Toronto! While most tend to visit in the peak summer months, the cherry blossoms are a great reason to plan a visit to experience spring in Toronto. With over 2000 planted within the city, there are plenty of great places to enjoy the beautiful flowers!

High Park Cherry Blossoms

Location: 1873 Bloor Street West, Toronto [map]

Probably the best-known destination for sakura blossoms in the province is none other than High Park. Spanning over 400 acres in the heart of the city’s west end, this is a great nature destination at any time of the year.

FUN FACT: The oldest of the Japanese cherry trees in Toronto were planted in 1959, making them over 60 years old!

The best place within High Park to view the blossoms is in Hillside Gardens. You’ll be blown away by the beauty of the bountiful blossoms. As soon as they begin to bloom, huge groups of people flock to see them. It’s understandable though as the views are just SO incredible! This handy map highlights the best locations to view them!

However, Hillside Gardens isn’t the only spot to view the flowers within High Park. In 2001, the Sakura project donated 34 cherry trees to the park which you can find around the eastern shore of Grenadier Pond in the Maple Leaf Garden. Another spot is along West Road as well as the Jamie Bell Playground.

Centennial Park

Location: 256 Centennial Park Road, Etobicoke [map]

One of the largest parks within Toronto, Centennial Park boasts the city’s second-largest collection of cherry trees. Opened in 1967 to celebrate Canada’s birthday, it has come a long way since its dairy farm days long ago! Centennial Park now offers several attractions year-round, including a municipal dump turned ski hill, playgrounds, sports fields and more.

Wander the grounds and enjoy the 200+ cherry trees within the park. If exploring the 500+ acres seems daunting, you’re guaranteed to find cherry trees in the northeast corner of the park as well as the area where Rathburn Road and Centennial Park Boulevard intersect.

Once you’re done admiring the trees, head to the Centennial Park Conservatory. Inside you’ll find 300,000 annual and perennial plants that are used to beautify the city. You can even find fruit trees like banana and papaya trees!

Trinity Bellwoods Park

Location: 790 Queen Street West, Toronto [map]

While High Park is incredible, Trinity Bellwoods Park is probably one of my favourite (and most easily accessible!) locations to enjoy the cherry blossoms in Toronto. While it can be busy on weekends, it’s still easy to find a picnic spot or a bench to enjoy the views and the springtime sunshine. Follow the path southeast of Trinity Circle for the blossoms and be sure to snag a photo with the iconic CN Tower in the background! With plenty of coffee shops, restaurants and more, it’s a great spot to enjoy a morning stroll through the trees or an afternoon coffee date with friends.

Centre Island in Toronto Island Park

Location: 6 Avenue of the Island, Toronto [map]

It may be one of the smallest collections of cherry trees in town, but you won’t want to miss Centre Island! A short ferry ride from Toronto’s waterfront lies a beautiful natural oasis away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Walk off the dock and head towards Centreville, the local theme park and large draw to the island. While it may be tempting to play on the rides, continue across the bridge to the right. You’ll find 30 beautiful cherry trees near the fountain which makes a great photo opportunity – and fewer crowds! The whole walk should only take you about 10 minutes.

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Lesser-known Locations for Toronto Cherry Blossoms

Toronto truly is full of cherry blossoms! Dare I say it’s the cherry blossom capital of Ontario? Besides the locations above, you can find these beautiful flowers in a few other locations throughout the city.

In the downtown core, blossoms hunters will want to head to the University of Toronto Robarts Library [map] where you’ll find approximately 70 cherry trees. They create a gorgeous canopy over the path that connects Harbord Street to Huron Street making it a highly sought out spot for photographs.

Located right along the waterfront in Queens Quay, locals and visitors alike love to enjoy the springtime sunshine lounging in the Toronto Music Gardens [map]. The park’s design is inspired by Johann Sebastian Bach’s First Suite for Unaccompanied Cello with each section of the garden corresponding to a different suite movement. 

Make your way south of Liberty Village to Exhibition Place [map] where you’ll find 62 trees planted across the 192-acre site. These trees are predominantly of the Yoshino variety which are known for their dainty pink and white blooms. For full details of where they’re located, check out this handy map.

In the east end neighbourhood of The Beaches, Woodbine Park [map] has a stunning cherry blossom grove where you’ll find about 20 trees. Located along the curved path next to the pond, it creates a stunning springtime scene. These trees are younger than those you’ll find at High Park but they’re still worth a visit!

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Where to Find Cherry Blossoms Near Toronto

You won’t just find these beautiful blooms in the heart of Ontario’s largest city! There are some locations in the surrounding area so check out these top destinations to find cherry blossoms near Toronto.

It will come as no surprise to hear that the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre [map] in North York is home to a collection of beautiful cherry blossom trees. Meander the grounds as you admire the gorgeous blossoms that surround the main building. The Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre also hosts a Sakura Blossom Festival Event where you can partake in the art of flower arranging known as Ikebana, embroidery or Bunka Shishu, and the craft of brush painting known as Sumi-e!

If you head into Brampton, you won’t want to miss Joyce Archdekin Park [map]. Right across from the Brampton Mall in the south end of town, you’ll be greeted by Japanese blossoms as trees follow the pathway along Etobicoke Creek.

Over in Scarborough, you’ll find some of the newest cherry trees in the city. Head to the Birkdale Ravine [map] where you’ll find approximately 45 cherry trees, donated by Japan’s Sagamihara, Toronto’s sister city.

Heading northeast, you’ll find 100 cherry trees planted in Etobicoke’s Broadacres Park [map]. If you’re looking for the quietest destination to enjoy the blossoms in the city, this is it. You can find the trees in the southwest corner close to Elderfield Crescent.

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Cherry Blossoms in Burlington

The perfect day trip from Toronto, Niagara Falls, Kitchener and a number of other Ontario cities, Burlington not only has plenty of great things to do (check out my guide and you’ll see what I mean!) but it also has a few spring hot spots. As it has a fraction of the population of Toronto, it’s definitely a great place to view cherry blossoms in Ontario without the huge crowds.

Spencer Smith Park

Location: 1400 Lakeshore Road, Burlington [map]

Looking for a picturesque cherry blossom trail right along a city’s waterfront? You’ll find it at Spencer Smith Park! 50 sakura trees were donated by Burlington’s twin city in Japan, Itabashi. This beautiful cherry blossom trail follows a limestone pathway right along the shores of Lake Ontario. It’s said that the canopies created by the trees can be so thick at peak bloom at it feels like a cherry blossom tunnel! How incredible is that?! When planning your visit, don’t miss out on the Burlington Sakura Festival which is held when the blossoms are normally in peak bloom.

Itabashi Way

Location: Itabashi Way, Burlington

It may not have the backdrop of Lake Ontario, but you’ll find even more cherry trees along Itabashi Way. This Burlington street glows in the spring months when the trees are in full bloom. Take a stroll along this residential street and enjoy the blooms of this peaceful suburban neighbourhood.

Royal Botanical Gardens

Location: 680 Plains Road West, Burlington [map]

Straddling the border between Burlington and Hamilton you’ll find Canada’s only royal garden, the Royal Botanical Gardens. You’ll find a number of beautiful cherry trees scattered across its 2400 acres of land. Head to the Arboretum (map) where you’ll find the flowering cherry circle of Prunus ‘Accolade’, an iconic spring sight at RBG! Enjoy the sights and smells of these beautiful white and pink blossoms along with a number of other flowering counterparts. You’ll also find crabapples, lilacs, magnolias, and more!

You’ll also find more of these beautiful flowers inside the Rock Garden (map). However, there’s a hidden botanical treasure to be found if you head across the way to the parking lot… but you have to visit to find out! Or you can go read my guide to cherry blossoms in Hamilton as I spill the beans about it.

The best part about RBG? They make it really easy to plan your trip there. You can find out when the cherry blossoms as well as when other flowers are estimated to be in bloom on their website!

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Cherry Blossoms in Hamilton

While the Royal Botanical Gardens technically spans both Burlington and Hamilton, it isn’t the only place to see cherry blossoms in “the Hammer”! Here I give my top picks but you can find all of the destinations for cherry blossoms in Hamilton by checking out my guide!

Bayfront Park

Location: 200 Harbour Front Dr, Hamilton [map]

Donated in 2002 as a goodwill gesture from Japan, the walkway leading into Bayfront Park in Hamilton is lined with beautiful cherry trees. I’ve never had the chance to visit Bayfront Park in the spring myself, but they’re pretty hard to miss from what I’ve seen online!

Centennial Park

Location: 1 East Street N, Dundas [map]

Okay so it’s not quite Hamilton but if Dundas Peak is called Hamilton’s famous lookout, by that logic Centennial Park is another destination for cherry blossoms in Hamilton! Since 2014, 37 cherry trees have called Centennial Park home. How did they get here? Students and alumni from the Toyo Eiwa Jogakuin School in Japan donated them to express their appreciation for its founder, Martha Cartmell, who was a Canadian missionary.

Gage Park

Location: 1000 Main St E, Hamilton [mao]

Gage Park is a very popular spot in Hamilton. Within its 70+ acres, you’ll find a bandshell for live music, a rose garden and more. Just recently in 2019, a brand new 1300m2 tropical greenhouse was established to replace the old one torn down about two years prior. However behind it, you’ll find some beautiful mature cherry trees which are a sight to see when in full bloom!

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Cherry Blossoms in Mississauga

A short 30 minute drive from downtown Toronto and you’ll find Kariya Park, a Japanese garden (map). A tribute to Mississauga’s twin city – Kariya, Japan – it’s a hot spot for locals. Established in 1992, this public park is a dream to walk around come cherry blossom season. With Asian architectural sculptures, decorative wooden bridges and more, what better tree to pair them with than a sakura tree!

Kariya Park may not have as many blossoms as some of the other locations on this list, but it surely stands out amongst them. The park is definitely a sight to see and there’s no better time to visit than in the spring!

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Niagara Cherry Blossoms

If you miss the bloom boom in Toronto and the surrounding cities, head south along the QEW! You’ll find acres of fruit orchards with apricot trees, peach trees and of course, cherry trees in the Niagara Region. Get off the main highway and take the back roads through rolling farmland to catch a glimpse of the cherry blossoms in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Beamsville, Grimsby, Jordan and Vineland are just a few of the towns that offer beautiful cherry blossoms in Ontario if you head towards farms and pick-your-own cherry destinations.

FUN FACT: There are over 1.5 MILLION fruit trees across the Niagara Peninsula! That’s a lot of blooms!

Chances are you’ll be heading to Niagara Falls and there are a few places you can find cherry blossoms in the city. While it’s known more for its world-famous rose garden, you’ll also find a number of cherry trees at the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens [map]. If you’re unsure if they’re in bloom, take a look at their website before departing!

Chances are if these are in bloom, then you’ll find even more flowers in Queenston Heights Park [map]. Home to the southern terminus of the Bruce Peninsula, you can enjoy a hike along Ontario’s most famous trail while enjoying the area’s cherry trees. Be sure to check out my insider tips for Niagara Falls so you can make the most of your getaway.

There are a few places you can spot cherry blossoms in Niagara-on-the-Lake and one of my favourites is the Niagara Parkway. With a paved walkway that runs parallel to the Niagara River, you’re guaranteed to enjoy some fantastic views. Spend an afternoon enjoying the sunshine and hunting for these gorgeous cherry trees. Then, pop into the town of Niagara-on-the-Lake for a bite to eat and some exploring. Don’t miss my guide on all the amazing things to do in town!

When in Niagara… do some wine tasting! Yes, you can have your wine AND your blossoms, too! Stop at Legends Estate Winery in Beamsville or Foreign Affair Winery in Vineland to enjoy a tasting along with the beautiful blossoms. You can easily do a tour of a number of wineries like I did in Vineland! If you’re looking for more top wineries in Niagara, take a peek at my guide where I share what wineries are must-visits and which ones to skip.

RELATED: For the full lowdown on where to find these gorgeous flowers in the region, check out my guide to the top spots to find cherry blossoms in Niagara!

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Other Ontario Cherry Blossom Destinations

Said to be the cherry capital of Canada, it seemed like a sin to not include Norfolk County. There are six farms which produce cherries on approximately 1000 acres of land. That’s 40% of the land used to grow cherries in the country! As they’re farms, I’m unable to say whether the blossoms can be viewed, though I bet you’ll be able to smell them if you’re in the area!

Speaking of capitals, plan a trip to Canada’s capital for some blossom hunting. While they’re not nearly as abundant in Ottawa as other locations in Ontario, it’s perfect for those who like a scavenger hunt! Locals and visitors have had luck in the Ottawa River Valley, the Dominion Arboretum and the Central Experimental Farm as well as the famous Rideau Canal. Plus, chances are the cherry blossoms will be in bloom around the same time as the popular Tulip Festival, making it a perfect time for flower fanatics!

The last destination I’ll include is thanks to a happy accident. While hunting for some new hiking trails in Cambridge, I noticed some blossoms while driving through downtown. Low and behold, there are a plethora of trees in the heart of the city! You can’t miss them as they line Water Street across the Grand River from the Cambridge Sculpture Garden. I believe they’re cherry trees however they could also be apple trees… I’ll leave this up to my readers with a green thumb to correct me if I’m wrong!

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Tips for Seeing the Cherry Blossoms in Ontario

While Canada is fortunate enough to enjoy all four seasons, the time that they arrive varies from year to year. As climate change affects our ecosystems, our weather patterns become more and more extreme. This can affect when the blossoms appear as well as the amount of them. It’s best to be aware of this when planning a trip to see them.

The biggest thing is you need to be diligent. The cherry blossom season is quite short as once they bloom, they’ll only be around for about 21 days. That means you have about 3 weeks from the first bloom to see them. As soon as you hear of the first bloom, I suggest planning a picnic or a day trip to one of the above destinations so you can enjoy them! Here’s a map of Ontario’s cherry blossoms to help plan your flower-hunting adventure!

Map of Cherry Blossoms in Ontario :: I've Been Bit! Travel Blog

Map of Cherry Blossoms in Ontario

While the blossoms may be beautiful, we need to always treat the cherry trees and blossoms with respect. Nature is a privilege, not a right. Some of these cherry blossom locations listed above are public parks, others may refer to farms, businesses and even private homes. If the trees are on private property, do not trespass to take that Instagram selfie. We do not need to see a repeat of the sunflower fiasco Hamilton experienced.

Ready to hunt for some cherry blossoms in Ontario? Whether you head to the hustle and bustle of Toronto for a weekend, the picturesque views of a Niagara Falls getaway or anywhere in between, you’ll be in awe of these fleeting flowers. If you’re reading this while the trees aren’t in bloom, I hope the cherry blossom pictures will tide you over until they are!

Oh, and if you miss the Ontario cherry blossoms? While you’ll have to wait until next year for these flowers, you can always plan a visit to one of these incredible lavender farms in the province to tide you over!

For More In-Depth Guides:
Don’t Miss The Top 7 Spots for Cherry Blossoms in Niagara
Your Ultimate Guide to Cherry Blossoms in Hamilton

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  1. Kay

    April 5, 2019

    I think I would want to visit the Botanical Gardens! They must have other beautiful flowers blooming as well!

    • Lindz author

      April 10, 2019

      They sure do! There are flowers blooming all year round so every time you visit, you’ll see something different!

  2. Brittany

    April 5, 2019

    Gorgeous! I had no idea Canada had cherry blossoms! I would love to visit in Spring and see them!

    • Lindz author

      April 10, 2019

      We sure do! There are a number of locations across Canada but we’re lucky to have plenty here in Ontario! 🙂

  3. Upasana

    April 6, 2019

    Cherry blossoms sort of always make me happy. Loved the pictures.

    • Lindz author

      April 10, 2019

      They sure are beautiful, aren’t they? I can’t wait for cherry blossom season!

  4. Ryan K Biddulph

    April 8, 2019

    Makes it look like Japan. How beautiful.

    • Lindz author

      April 10, 2019

      Right? We sure are lucky to have so many cherry blossoms in Ontario!

  5. Jav

    March 31, 2022

    Are there any cherry blossom trees in Sudbury?

    • Lindz author

      April 2, 2022

      Hi Jav, thanks for your comment! I’m unsure if there are any cherry blossoms in Sudbury or nearby. However, if you reach out to the local tourism board they might be able to help you!

  6. Andy

    May 20, 2022

    I was in Belleville Ont last weekend and saw what i thought were lots of cherry blossoms. I was told they might be crab apple trees

    • Lindz author

      May 22, 2022

      Ah yes, I think I’ve mistaken apple blossoms for cherry blossoms too! Both are pretty flowers though so it’s not too much of a loss haha 🙂 I need to get out and explore Belleville more!

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