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Canada

Toronto

About

The city of Toronto is a center of history and culture, and its European roots can be found around every corner. Many of Toronto's attractions center on the area's heritage, such as the Historic Zion Schoolhouse built in 1869 for the L'Amaroux community. The birthplace of modern Toronto is Fort York National Historic Site, which today holds the nation's largest collection of War of 1812 buildings. Modern-day Toronto is a multicultural smorgasbord of shopping, dining, and attractions. In the Entertainment District, visitors can see the tallest free-standing structure in the world, the CN Tower. This architectural and engineering feat is known as one of the Wonders of the Modern World, and guests can even stop for a bite in its rotating 360 Restaurant. For designer souvenirs, tourists should head to Yorkville, where boutiques, antique shops, and art galleries line the "Mink Mile" on Bloor Street. Culinary travelers can sample a dish at one of the more than 7,000 restaurants in the area, or shop for fresh ingredients at St. Lawrence Market Complex, a farmers' market located in the center of Old Town. And the Art Gallery of Ontario holds more than 79,000 works representing everything from Inuit to European to contemporary art. For an authentic Canadian experience, visitors to Toronto can enjoy the country's official national winter sport, hockey. The Toronto Maple Leafs is one of the hottest tickets in town, but even if you can't score a seat, there is plenty to do at the world's only Hockey Hall of Fame, which has interactive exhibits and provides the opportunity to take a photo with the Stanley Cup. Flights to Toronto touch down at Toronto Pearson International Airport, which is easily accessible via bus and subway service.

When To Go

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: lateNovember 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