Here’s when the cherry blossoms will bloom this spring in Mississauga


Published April 18, 2024 at 12:43 pm

Cherry blossoms at Kariya Park in Mississauga.

Part of Mississauga’s downtown core will turn a brilliant pink in the next couple of weeks thanks to Mother Nature.

The annual blooming of cherry blossoms, which usually arrives around mid-spring or so each year, is best viewed in Canada’s seventh-largest city at Kariya Park, the tranquil Japanese-style greenspace named for Mississauga’s sister city in Japan.

The blossoms and their ethereal beauty are expected to be on display there in the next week or two, City of Mississauga officials said in a news release today.

Depending on how warm the temperatures get, cherry blossoms can start to bloom in Mississauga and across the GTA anywhere from late April, as they did last year, into the middle of May, as they did in 2022.

A city spokesperson said when temperatures remain at no lower than 15 Celsius for about a week, that’s when the blossoms will bloom. A peek at the 14-day forecast in Mississauga shows the first such period is expected to begin on or close to April 28.

“Every spring, Kariya Park in Mississauga transforms into a pink wonderland with approximately 80 stunning Japanese cherry blossom trees in full bloom,” the spokesperson said in the news release. “These trees, a gift from Mississauga’s sister city, Kariya, boast different varieties and hues. Although the city’s cherry blossom trees bloom at different times, most trees will be in full bloom in the next week or two, weather permitting.

“These beautiful blooms only last for a short time, usually up to two weeks, unless wind or rain knock the flowers off the trees.”

For the latest predicted bloom times, those interested can visit Sakura Watch, a website that monitors the blooms in Toronto.

Kariya Park is a popular spot each year for people looking to catch glimpses of the blossoms. Check out an earlier video of the cherry blossoms at Kariya Park here.

Cherry blossoms have a celebrated history in Japanese art and culture, Mississauga officials noted earlier, adding many of the world’s cherry blossom tree varieties come from the Japanese cherry tree (Sakura).

Outside of Mississauga, people can catch cherry blossom season at High Park in Toronto, Centennial Park in Etobicoke (near Mississauga’s border), Broadacres Park in Etobicoke, Spencer Smith Park and Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington and, a little farther away, in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

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