The spring blossom season is short but spectacular here in Hamilton.

Plan your visit around these must-visit spots to capture the fleeting cherry blossom season along with other hopeful spring flowers in bloom – usually between late April and early May.

1. Bayfront Park

200 Harbour Front Dr.

The walkway near the entrance of this popular waterfront park is lined with majestic cherry blossom or sakura (in Japanese) trees, gifted to Hamilton by Japan.

Locals and visitors flock here to walk among the delicate white blooms, grab a photo and enjoy the sprawling park.

Nearby: Downtown Guide

2. Royal Botanical Gardens

Various Locations

Not surprisingly, Canada's largest botanical gardens is home to some of the country's most spectacular spring blooms that come in a huge variety.

Explore many more spring blooms at RBG's What's in Bloom page.

Nearby: West End Guide

3. Gage Park

1000 Main St. E.

The beloved east-end park is a perfect destination for a spring outing. Look for several mature cherry blossom trees near the Tropical Greenhouse and iconic bandshell.

Also, nearby is a lovely rose garden, though these fragrant flowers don't bloom until mid-summer.

Nearby: East Hamilton Guide

4. Centennial Park

71 Cootes Dr.

This Dundas park is now home to nearly 40 cherry trees thanks to a generous donation from the Toyo Eiwa Jogakuin School in Japan. Locals and visitors flock here for the brief but beautiful blooms.

Nearby: Dundas Guide

5. Hamilton City Hall

71 Main St. W.

Downtown's Hamilton City Hall is home to a beautiful collection of mature magnolia trees. Find them in full pink bloom starting in April.

If you're already in selfie-mode, don't miss the LED lit Hamilton sign out front along with spring bulb flower displays.

Nearby: Downtown Guide