Have you missed fresh air? Did winter’s bleak, grey days make you yearn for brightly coloured spring blooms? With the coming of spring, you won’t have to wait long to find out what you’ve been missing.

Nothing says “spring has sprung” like the stunning beauty of blooming cherry trees. Make sure you take a trip to High Park in April or May to see these magnificent flowers reach peak bloom. But, if you don’t want to deal with the thousands of people who will be making the same trek, have no fear. There are other places in the city to see gorgeous blossoms. Try Centre Island, Trinity Bellwoods Park and Cedarvale Park, not to mention the annual Canada Blooms tribute to all things floral, in March at Exhibition Place.)

The arrival of spring will also be on full display at St. James Park in the downtown core. The park is home to formal gardens and walking trails set against a charming Victorian backdrop. The flowering trees throughout the park will be sure to take your breath away.

If you’re looking to usher in spring in a way that’s fun for the whole family, look no further than Riverdale Farm. This historic working farm has plenty of wooded areas, ponds and gardens, along with a host of farm animals (and maybe even some newborns) to keep you company as you take in the flowering blooms around you.

The spectacular blossoms signalling the start of a season of renewal and warming temperatures are sure to banish all thoughts of this year’s particularly early (and nasty) winter season. So enjoy now!