Found in one of Toronto’s biggest parks, the High Park cherry trees in full bloom consistently attract locals from different parts of the city and visiting tourists annually. Truthfully, I’ve had a personal attachment to cherry blossoms from a young age. Blush pink petals adorned on each tree, it all seems a little magical, especially as they slowly cascade down to the ground. Perhaps it is because of this attachment that I always made my way down to High Park, even now that it’s gotten crowded.
Walking along the pathway towards the water with the cherry blossom trees blooming on the left and a great view of a part of the city not easily recognized. It’s quite peaceful. The cherry blossom trees in High Park were obviously not native to the area. According to the High Park Nature Centre website, the Japanese ambassador to Canada gifted 2000 Japanese Somei-Yoshino Sakura trees in 1959 to Toronto citizens on behalf of the citizens of Tokyo. The cherry blossom season at High Park reminds us all of its beauty and grace, but more importantly the vast diversity and multiculturalism embedded in our city.