Two or three days ago, local sources reported the first blossoms had made their appearance and that this weekend would be good for viewing, with a warm, dry, sunny forecast. This website has an interesting chart showing the peak bloom dates for years past. April 24-25 (i.e. tomorrow and Tuesday) is predicted to be the height of this year's season.
My friend Cheryl and I decided we wanted to see cherry blossoms but avoid the crowds, so we headed off early this Sunday morning to look for a lesser known and hopefully less crowded location in Etobicoke. Based on the advice of this blog post, we headed off to Broadacres Park, allegedly the home of 100 cherry trees. We crossed a very soggy soccer field and a small creek to find a grand total of ...two (2) cherry small trees in bloom!
However, as we left the park, we drove past Etobicoke Civic Centre (located at Burnhamthorpe and The West Mall) and noticed six blooming trees in front of the building, glistening in the sun. We turned the car around and headed to their parking lot, where we were the only visitors.
We proceeded to snap photos and inhale the gentle aroma of the cherry blossoms.
Here is Cheryl, focused in on the blooms.