I love sakura blossoms! High Park has many cherry trees and thousands flock to see them each year. Last year I went after they bloomed and they were all dead. It was sad.
So this year, I made sure to go on time! I kept up to date with the High Park Nature Centre blog and when the bloomed last Sunday, I made plans to go that week.
I went on a Friday night, and the park was CRAMMED with people. Everywhere. Couples, families, newlyweds. All taking adorable photos with a cherry blossoms. The trees are gorgeous and the weather is nice. Brave the crowd to see the blossoms! If you drive, be careful where you park because the parking tickets are expensive. ($105!)
When we actually get some snow, it’s best to take advantage of it! I did just that by heading to Rouge Park for a walk in the snow.
Rouge Park is the largest natural environment park in an urban area in North America! Rumour is, it’s going to become a National Park soon. I only visited a tiny portion of the page, the Twyn Rivers area in Pickering. Take a look!
Enjoy the crisp winter air by going on a drive to a park or conservation area! Last weekend I went to Sibbald Point Provincial Park, located on the southern shore of Lake Simcoe. This park is about an 1 hour drive from Toronto. The fee for the park in the winter is $4.00 for 2 hours.
Sibbald Point used to be the home of the Sibbald family 130 years before it became a park. You can visit the beautiful old church and graveyard, or just spend your time staring at the lake. It can be extremenly cold, so dress warm! When we went it was -14. There were lots of ducks swimming around in the lake, and a family of swans!
There were also huge chunks of ice floating in the water. This lake usually freezes over in January. It’s possible to drive a car onto the lake, I know people that have done it and lived to tell the tale! (I don’t recommend you do this!)
In the summertime, you can camp out or go hiking. The park has some beautiful views and is a wonderful place to take in the sunset.
With this mild fall weather that we are having in Ontario, why not take a day trip with a bunch of friends, or that special someone? I headed to Belfountain Conservation Area with my boyfriend to do a little exploring. Belfountain Conservation Area is located in (wouldn’t you know it) Belfountain, and is 1 hour away from Toronto.
I love bridges, so I was really excited to see this one! It’s a pretty small conservation area, but it’s nice to pack a picnic lunch. They have a small cave that you can explore and a man made waterfall. The bridge is a great place to take pictures, and many Torontonians take wedding shots there.