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Cherry blossoms in Montreal: where to see them and how to track the blooms

Plus our top 7 spots to see the finest cherry blossoms across Montreal.

Written by
Laura Osborne

With unusually warm weather in the mix, Montreal’s cherry blossoms may be arriving early.

Throughout the month of May, the town gets painted pink thanks to the glorious cherry, crabapple and magnolia trees across the city.

But this year, thanks to one of the mildest winters we’ve ever had, Montreal’s cherry blossoms may be arriving in April which is earlier than usual.

Enjoying the fragrant blooms is one of the best things to do in Montreal, so you're not going to want to miss it.

Cherry blossoms
Photograph: Paul Shio

When can you see cherry blossoms in Montreal?

Don’t miss out on one of the most beautiful things to see in Montreal by using the Montreal Botanical Garden’s blooms of the week tracker here.

Providing weekly updates on flowers and flowering trees, there is also a calendar of blooms and other notable plants, from tulips to cherry trees.

Where are the best places in Montreal to see the cherry blossoms?

1. Montreal Botanical Garden

Spend the afternoon strolling through this 75-hectare park and adjacent Japanese garden, home to countless flowering crabapples. Grab a blanket and celebrate the timeless tradition of o-hanami, meaning "contemplating the blossoms," with a picnic beneath the blossoming trees on May 24, 2024.

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Photograph: Montréal Botanical Garden | Space for Life

2. Parc Jean-Drapeau

Home to one of the biggest eclipse parties in the province, this park sets the GOAT bar in Montreal. It's vast, surrounded by the St. Lawrence River, and was the site of the 1976 Olympics, making it a landmark bonanza. In addition to its stunning blossoming trees, it is also where many of the coolest festivals and events happen, from Osheaga to Piknic Électronik to Formula 1 Grand Prix, as well as a greenscape criss-crossed with walking, cycling and skiing paths. 

Parc Jean-Drapeau
Photograph: André PichetteParc Jean-Drapeau

3. Westmount Park

This hidden gem just outside of downtown Montreal is known for its gorgeous landscaping and planning. After taking in the stunning blossoms, make sure to stop by the glass-enclosed conservatory and greenhouse—one of the city’s hidden gems. 

Parc Westmount
Photograph: Susan MossParc Westmount

4. Sakura Garden

Head to this park beside Palais des Congrès Esplanade in Chinatown, one of the city’s best vantage points for cherry blossoms—not to mention some seriously incredible food and festivals.

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5. Parc Ahuntsic

Cherry blossoms will be on high display in addition to the large pond and landscaped gardens in this gorgeous park located in the Ahuntsic-Cartierville borough of Montreal.

6. Parc-nature de l’Île-de-la-Visitation

At the northern tip of the island, this lovely park meanders along the grassy knolls that line the banks of Rivière-des-Prairies, with occasional detours onto Henri Bourassa Street. You’ll spot some of the city’s oldest farmhouses—and some stunning blossoms.

7. Parc Angrignon

Located at the southern end of the green line of the metro, this park’s a humongous tribute to English gardens that were common in the 19th century. With tens of thousands of trees—including many blossoming cherry trees—wide open greenspaces, paths and ponds spread out over 200 acres, one visit is rarely ever enough to feel like you’ve experienced the park in its entirety. 

Parc Angrignon
Photograph: Ville de MontréalParc Angrignon

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