Cherry Blossoms in High Park
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Cherry Blossoms in High Park

For some people the first sign of spring comes when bars open their patios. For others it’s signaled by the Good Friday parade. But for many, spring starts when the grove of cherry trees in High Park blossom and thousands of people rush to take in the spectacular scene, thrusting cameras and children (and this year, especially, mothers) up towards the blooms.
The trees—Somei-Yoshino Sakuras—were gifted to Toronto by Japan in 1959. As of Sunday the flowers were about 90 per cent out, so you can enjoy the phenomenon for several days more.
Photos by Miles Storey.