On Friday, Cathy and I are in High Park to see the peak bloom of the cherry trees. Absolutely beautiful as the blossoms open up in the mid day sun. All car traffic through the Park is shut off during peak bloom, and so we especially enjoy our 1.5 kilometre walk through the Park from the High Park subway station to the north east side of Grenadier Pond. A very nice way to spend a few hours, and something to consider visiting even when the cherry trees are not in bloom.
So a bit of history about the cherry trees: 1959 – The Japanese ambassador to Canada, Toru-Hagiwara, presented 2000 Japanese Somei-Yoshino Sakura trees to the citizens of Toronto on behalf of the citizens of Tokyo. The trees were planted in appreciation of Toronto accepting re-located Japanese-Canadians following the Second World War. Many were planted on the hillside overlooking Grenadier Pond.