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Toronto begins to thaw out in spring, and as flowers start blooming, residents and visitors alike enjoy brisk or even warm temperatures. As one of Canada's southernmost cities, Toronto enjoys springtime temperatures ranging from mid-50s to mid-70s—not bad for outdoor explorations.

Several popular events take place in spring every year. The Toronto Wine and Cheese Show, featuring tastings and pairings of both, runs from April 4 to 6, and is open to visitors age 19 and up. The 40th annual Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival runs from March 7 through April 6, with demonstrations and tastings, plus kid-friendly pony rides and crafts. From June 6 to 15, LuminaTO celebrates Toronto's diverse artistic side, with hundreds of music, dance, theater, and other arts-oriented events.


Tourism Toronto's special offers page is worth searching for discounts. It features packages and specials for hotels, attractions, sports, and shopping.

Airfare in spring is generally much cheaper than during summer. In my searches, I found off-peak savings of up to $157 when comparing flights in April to those in August.

Route Off-peak fare Peak fare
Baltimore to Toronto $471 $502
Houston (Bush) to Toronto $503 $528
Los Angeles to Toronto $383 $540
Minneapolis to Toronto $470 $542

Off-peak fares are based on travel from April 28 to May 2, and peak fares are based on travel from August 18 to 22. Prices were found on Travelocity and include taxes and fees.

In May, Air Canada will add nonstop flights from Austin and Richmond to Toronto. Low-fare carrier Skybus begins serving nearby Niagara Falls, NY, from Columbus, OH, on April 8. If you can snag one of Skybus' $10 fares, a rental car and 81-mile drive from Niagara Falls may be worth the extra cost and hassle.

Passports are now required for air travel to Canada. If you choose to drive, you must present a passport or both a government-issued photo I.D. and proof of citizenship, such as a birth certificate.

For more information on planning an off-peak sojourn, visit Tourism Toronto or our Toronto Travel Guide. Be sure to download Tourism Toronto's free visitor's guide before you go.

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