March is nearly halfway over, and that means the cherry blossoms in High Park will be blooming rather soon! Every year, the cherry blossom trees in Toronto’s High Park draw huge crowds, because everyone wants to see the flowers before they wither up and fly away. The best way to see the cherry blossoms in High Park is to pick the right time to go, and to bring along a cute little picnic to enjoy while you’re there. Here’s my basic picnic plan that I use whenever my significant other wants to get their nosh on while we look at the flowers.
If you’ve ever been to Toronto, you know that the city is almost always bustling. During the peak of the cherry blossoms’ blooming period, it can be hard to walk down the paths because of how many people there are. It’s usually a good idea to go see the cherry blossoms in High Park in the morning, particularly on a weekday. There will still be people, but it will be much less busy than if you go in the afternoon or on a weekend.
My partner guzzles water like a fish, but sometimes we treat ourselves to a little elderberry soda, because it’s one of my favourite things. You’ll definitely want something light and sweet because of the season, but if you do go in the morning a thermos of hot chocolate wouldn’t be a terrible idea to bring. I usually bring a thermos of hot chocolate and a bottle of elderberry soda so we have a little of everything, and the elderberry soda feels so appropriate to drink while looking at the cherry blossoms in High Park… or anywhere else in Toronto!
High Park is in an area with some not-so-affordable food options, and the affordable food can be hit-or-miss. There are usually some lovely hotdog vendors in the area who we visit occasionally, but since it’s a picnic, I like to make my own food! I like packing a light macaroni salad (with a sun-dried tomato dressing instead of a mayonnaise one), some Italian deli meat and crackers, and a couple of macarons.