APRIL 30 2020
A beloved spring tradition, every year thousands of people visit High Park to catch a glimpse of the delicate pink flowers on Toronto’s Sakura (cherry blossom) trees.
This year, as a part of the City’s COVID-19 response, High Park will be closed for public safety reasons starting Thursday, April 30, during peak bloom. To ensure no one misses the annual bloom, the City is bringing spring indoors by launching a 24-hour livestream "BloomCam", as well as other live virtual events!
Virtual Blossom Viewing
To encourage everyone to stay home and stay safe, the City is planning multiple virtual cherry blossom experiences on a variety of social media platforms until peak bloom ends. Scroll down to tune into their live BloomCam!
Live Virtual Events
During peak bloom, take a virtual walk through the blossoms. Dates and timing are weather dependent, and details will be posted as soon as possible. Watch for updates on the City's Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages, and on the official Cherry Blossoms at High Park page.
During two 30-minute livestream events:
- Indigenous Knowledge Keeper André Morrisseau will recognize the traditional territories of the Indigenous Peoples through a live Land Acknowledgement
- Enjoy a virtual walk through the blossoming trees
- Experts from the High Park Nature Centre will guide viewers through nature and history walks focusing on Toronto’s cherry blossom trees
Check in on the continuous livestream of the High Park grove 24 hours a day and watch the progress of the cherry tree blooms until peak bloom ends! Stream the live BloomCam feed below:
High Park will be closed starting Thursday, April 30th. Many people walk or cycle in High Park every day so a partial closure of the park isn’t possible given the number of cherry blossom trees throughout the park and the size and layout of the park itself. High Park is already closed to vehicles.
High Park Closure
Please do not visit High Park during the closure. Park reopening dates will be announced when the bloom period concludes. Blooms are weather-dependent. Learn more about all park closures during the cherry blossom season.
For those of you in the west end, Mississagua is also streaming the bloom, from two different web cams at the Japanese gardens in Kariya Park.
So get excited, Toronto. Cause this year you can #BloomAtHome!