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 was closed for public safety reasons from April 30 to May 10. To ensure no one missed the annual bloom, the City brought spring indoors.

Virtual Blossom Viewing

To encourage everyone to stay home and stay safe, the City offered virtual cherry blossom experiences including a 24-hour BloomCam and live tours during the peak bloom period in early May.

Live Virtual Tours

Live tours were conducted on May 3 and 5 on Instagram and Youtube.

Watch the tours on Instagram: May 3 and May 5.

Tour highlights:

  • Virtual tour through the blossoming trees along Cherry Lane
  • Indigenous Knowledge Keeper André Morriseau recognized the traditional territories of the Indigenous Peoples through a Land Acknowledgement
  • Experts from Parks, Forestry and Recreation and High Park Nature Centre guided viewers through the nature and history of Toronto’s cherry blossom trees

Virtual Experience Partners

Thank you to the Toronto Public Library Bookmobile and Rogers for powering the internet connectivity needed to bring this year’s High Park cherry blossom bloom into viewers’ homes.