When to Visit Toronto

by SmarterTravel Staff

As one of the southernmost cities in Canada, Toronto experiences a milder climate than much of the country, and as a major city, it remains vibrant and active year-round.

The most popular time to visit is the summer, when schools are on vacation, the weather is warm, and festivals flourish. Fall brings comfortable temperatures and colorful foliage, and spring sees pleasant weather and blooming flowers. The least popular time to visit is the winter, when cooler weather and snow are common, but lower prices make it a more attractive time to visit.

  • high season: June to August
  • low season: late November to January
  • shoulder season: February to May, September to mid-November

Weather Information

Toronto has a temperate climate with four seasons. Spring brings mild weather, with average high temperatures ranging from 38 to 65 degrees. Summer temperatures can get fairly warm and humid, with average highs ranging from 74 to 80 degrees. Fall has changing leaves and cooler temperatures, with average highs ranging from 45 to 69 degrees. Throughout much of the winter, temperatures linger just below freezing. Snow can fall at anytime during the winter, with an average accumulation of around four inches.

Crowd Information

Summer is the busiest time for Toronto, with more visitors and several large festivals. The city also hosts many large events throughout the year, including Caribana and Harbourfront Centre Festivals from June to August, Honda Indy, in July; the Canadian National Exhibition in August and September; the Toronto International Film Festival in September; and three major jazz festivals at various times over the year. Many ethnic neighborhoods celebrate annual festivals that attract large crowds. For example, Nathan Phillips Square and Yonge-Dundas Square are quite popular on the weekends, when special events take place to help celebrate the diversity of the city.

Closure Information

Most hotels, restaurants, and attractions remain open throughout the year.

When to Save

Hotel prices are more expensive in the summer, and tend to be the least expensive in the winter, a time when providers also offer special deals and packages with theater productions and retailers.

Information provided by Tourism Toronto.

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