Toronto Neighbourhood Photo Opps
It may seem like spring is taking its time to arrive this year, but I am sure there are some spring surprises just around the corner. In fact, one of my favourites happens each year in High Park with the blooming of the cherry blossom trees. Once the cherry blossoms are in full bloom we know that spring has officially arrived.
The Sakura or cherry blossom trees as they are probably more commonly known were a gift to Canada and Toronto from the Japanese Ambassador to Canada in 1959, and they have been a tourist attraction for locals and visitors alike ever since. Amateur and professional photographers alike flock to High Park when the trees are blooming just to catch a glimpse of the beautiful pink flowers and the crowds seem to increase on a yearly basis. Because of this Our Home Toronto has a couple tips to get the best view of the cherry blossoms once they finally bloom.
1) Head to High Park to see the cherry blossoms after work on a weekday to avoid the weekend crowds.
2) Take public transit. There is limited parking in High Park.
3) Be prepared to walk. The trees are beautiful and most are located around Hillside Gardens. Here is a good map to guide you.
According to www.highparktoronto.com the trees have not bloomed yet, and are not expected to bloom until late April. Typically, the blooming lasts for a week to a week and a half if the weather is good.
April is just around the corner and the Easter holiday has arrived early this year and there is certainly a lot happening around the city in celebration of the first long weekend of warmer weather. In anticipation of warmer weather and a family filled long weekend, Our Home Toronto has put together a list of our favourite events happening this weekend.
1) The All About Pets Show: Beginning Friday and ending Sunday at the International Centre, the All About Pets Show looks after the four legged member or members of your family. This year marks the shows 2oth year and some of the major highlights include a wellness centre, seminars and shopping for your favourite four legged companion.
2) The One of a Kind Spring Show and Sale: The One of a Kind Spring Show and Sale hits Exhibition Place this Saturday. The show will feature more than 800 artisans and artists and is certainly the place to go if you are looking for that one of a kind gift for a friend or loved one, or if you are just looking to treat yourself. You will find everything from jewelry and paintings to furniture and textiles. Looking for something one of a kind- this is certainly the place to be.
3) Toronto Rock vs. Buffalo Bandits: If you are in the mood for a sports fix this long weekend don’t miss the Toronto Rock vs. the Buffalo Bandits. The games are at the Air Canada Centre which is very centrally located and the ticket prices are reasonable with a minimum ticket price of $18.75. Learn all about the team at www.torontorock.com.
4) Easter “Egg” Stravaganza: Head down to the Toronto Zoo to hunt for Easter eggs and spend the day with animals from all over the world. Sadly, the new pandas can’t been seen by the public yet, we will all have to wait until May for that!
5) Vintage Easter Parade: The Vintage Easter Parade is happening this Sunday with a fashionable stroll down Yonge Street. Young and old can participate and watch the parade for free. There will even be opportunities for photos at Yonge- Dundas Square. The parade route and further details can be found here: http://www.beeskneesdance.com/easter-parade/ Anyone can participate so put on your Sunday best and join the fun!
Below lists some notable residents that live in Forest Hill:
- Kurt Browning, figure skater
- George Cohon, founder of McDonald’s in Moscow, owner of McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada
- Nelly Furtado, singer-songwriter
- Aubrey Graham (“Drake”), actor, rapper, singer, and musician
- Edward Rogers III, Deputy Chairman of Rogers Communications
- Melinda Rogers, the daughter of Ted Rogers
- J. R. Rotem, record producer and founder of record label Beluga Heights
- Tara Strong, actress, voice-over actress, singer, comedienne
- Larry Tanenbaum, chairman of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment
- Galen Weston Sr., owner of Loblaw Companies
- Peter Munk, founder of Barrick Gold Corporation
- Hilary Weston, former Lieutenant Governor of Ontario
Part of the Rogers Family estate
-E.A.M Consulting & James Metcalfe REALTOR® BROKER
Visit our Harbourfront day or night. There are a multitude of events, vendors, activities all year round. Visit our Cafe’s, Take a Tour on a Double Decker Bus, Chill with a book … Made in The Shade, BBQ – Boating or Bust, Mom and I … a place to Chill, Towering over Our Toronto Harbourfront, Boating of Many Colours, New Beginings … A Pause for the Delicious … OurHomeToronto … Photos taken by James Metcalfe