Best time to visit Ontario

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Best time of year to visit Ontario

When it comes to beautiful weather and access to the main attractions, May through September is regarded to be the best time to visit Ontario. It will steal your heart with long sunny days, balmy temps, and a lot of things to do. May and June can be rainy, but also full of music events like Dream or NXNE Festival. July and August are usually scorching and busy with higher rates. However, cooling down at the Toronto Festival of Beer is always a great idea. The leaves start changing color in September, and this is also a lovely time to explore Ontario. October unfolds the peak of the foliage glory and captures the heart and mind with amazing events like Nuit Blanche in Toronto and Toronto After Dark Film Festival. November marks the start of a cold and snowy winter that continues into April. But if you dress for the weather, you can have a wonderful time skating along Rideau Canal in Ottawa.

5 THINGS TO DO IN ONTARIO (FEBRUARY 13 - FEBRUARY 22)

Northern Lights

Northern Lights

September–March  • nature

Although Ontario is one of Canada's southerly provinces, you might be lucky to see aurora borealis here in the depth of winter

Canadian International AutoShow

Canadian International AutoShow

February 11–20, 2022 • event

Canada's largest and most popular car event

Rideau Canal Skating Season

Rideau Canal Skating Season

January–February • activity

Let yourself skate along the largest naturally frozen ice rink in the world

Ice Tsunami

Ice Tsunami

mid-February–late March • nature

Surreal walls of broken ice occasionally pile up on lake shores

Winter Birds

Winter Birds

mid-November–February • nature

Every winter, the Niagara River becomes a shelter for countless gulls, canvasback, ducks, geese, swans, and other waterfowl

39 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Cherry Blossom

Cherry Blossom

out of rangelate April–early May • nature

The most beautiful time in Toronto's biggest park

Winterlude

Winterlude

out of rangeFebruary 5–21, 2021 • event

Check out the ice on the largest skating rink in the world along with other fun winter activities

Canadian Tulip Festival

Canadian Tulip Festival

out of rangeMay 14–24, 2021 • event

One of the largest tulip festivals in the world

Thunder Bay Parade of Lights

Thunder Bay Parade of Lights

out of rangeDecember 4, 2021 • event

The Christmas season starts after decorated trucks roll through the city

Toronto Christmas Market

Toronto Christmas Market

unconfirmedDecember 1–22, 2021 • event

Get in a festive mood and shop for gifts at a beautiful outdoor Christmas market in Toronto

Canada Day

Canada Day

out of rangeJuly 01 (canceled in 2020) • event

This national holiday is a great occasion to see Torontians paint the town red, the city-wide firework party starts after dusk

Markham Fair

Markham Fair

out of rangeSeptember 30–October 3, 2021 • event

One of the oldest and largest fairs in Canada

Canadian National Exhibition

Canadian National Exhibition

out of rangeAugust 21–September 07, 2020 (virtual event) | August 20–September 06, 2021 • event

The fifth largest fair in North America provides lots of traditional entertainment

Canada Day Fireworks

Canada Day Fireworks

canceledJuly 1 • event

Canada Day in the capital city is marked by the greatest firework display of the year

Beaches Jazz Festival

Beaches Jazz Festival

out of rangeJuly 2–24, 2021 (drive-in concerts) • event

One of Canada's largest free festivals featuring diverse music genres

Nuit Blanche Toronto

Nuit Blanche Toronto

out of rangeOctober 03, 2020 (virtual event) • event

Free all-night contemporary art festival

Taste of the Danforth

Taste of the Danforth

on holdmid-August 2021 • event

Enjoy the flavour of Greece at Canada's largest street festival

Dreams Festival

Dreams Festival

on holdlate June 2021  • event

Dance to the beats of electronic music on the shores of the Lake Ontario

Toronto Light Festival

Toronto Light Festival

on holdmid-January–early March 2021 • event

The largest art festival in Toronto brightens up winter

Christmas Lights in London, Ontario

Christmas Lights in London, Ontario

out of rangelate November–December  • event

Some impressive light installations to get into the holiday spirit

Barrie Winterfest

Barrie Winterfest

out of rangeFebruary 6–7, 2021 • event

One of the most popular winter events in Ontario

ImportFest

ImportFest

canceledlate July 2021 • event

The largest car show in Canada and a must-see for all automotive enthusiasts

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest

out of rangeOctober 9–17, 2020 • event

The best and the largest Canadian Bavarian festival

Canada’s Wonderland

Canada’s Wonderland

out of rangelate April/early May–October • activity

If your life needs a bit more thrill, the rollercoasters of Canada's Wonderland are perfect for you!

Fireflies

Fireflies

out of rangelate June–early July • nature

The lightning bugs illuminate the summer evenings in the wilds of Southern Ontario

NXNE Festival

NXNE Festival

out of rangeAugust 11–16, 2020 (virtual event) | June 11–20, 2021 • event

One of the largest summer festivals in Toronto showcases emerging artists and major-label headliners

Niagara Icewine Festival

Niagara Icewine Festival

on holdJanuary 15–21, 2021 • event

Celebrate winter in wine country showcasing the best drinks and culinary delights

Summer Solstice Indigenous  Festival

Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival

out of rangeNovember 1, 2020–June 30, 2021 (Virtual Marketplace) • event

Celebration of Inuit, First Nations and Métis heritage

Art Toronto

Art Toronto

out of rangeOctober 29–31 (in-person) | October 29–November 7, 2021 (online) • event

The only international fair for modern and contemporary art in Canada

Flowerpot Island

Flowerpot Island

out of rangeApril–September • nature

Visit a unique tiny island with peculiar rock formations reminding flower pots

Winter Light Exhibition

Winter Light Exhibition

unconfirmedFebruary–March 2021 • event

A free festival celebrating illuminated exhibits at the West Island of Ontario Place

Easter

Easter

canceledMarch 27–April 4, 2021 • event

To mark the feast, Toronto hosts a huge Passion Play, the world's largest Easter parade, and countless egg hunts

Baltimore Oriole

Baltimore Oriole

out of rangeApril–September • nature

Attracted by fruits and nectar, these birds are often spotted in the gardens

Toronto Fringe Festival

Toronto Fringe Festival

out of rangeJune 30–July 11, 2021 • event

The largest theatre and performance festival in Ontario

The Big Nickel

The Big Nickel

out of rangeearly March–late September • activity

An Ontario landmark–a huge coin–draws crowds of tourists

The Grotto, Bruce Peninsula National Park

The Grotto, Bruce Peninsula National Park

out of rangeMay 1–October 31, 2021 (limited) • nature

A Turquoise pool and intricate cave structures attract hundreds of thousands every year

Toronto's Festival of Beer

Toronto's Festival of Beer

out of rangeJuly 23–25, 2021 • event

Take three days off to discover your favorite beer

Rugged Maniac Kitchener

Rugged Maniac Kitchener

out of rangeMay 29, 2021 • event

A wild obstacle race not far from Toronto

Royal Canadian Henley Regatta

Royal Canadian Henley Regatta

out of rangeAugust 2–7, 2022 • event

The most prestigious rowing race in Ontario

Toronto After Dark Film Festival

Toronto After Dark Film Festival

out of rangeOctober 14–22, 2021 • event

A showcase of horror, sci-fi, thriller, action and cult cinema

New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve

out of rangeDecember 31  • event

Choose Ontario to celebrate the most awaited event of winter!

Reebok Ragnar Niagara

Reebok Ragnar Niagara

out of rangeMay 28–29, 2021 • event

This 300-kilometer relay will take you through the most beautiful places along the Lake Ontario shoreline

Canadian Music Week

Canadian Music Week

out of rangeSeptember 8–12, 2021 • event

A seven-day experience for industry professionals, artists, and music fans

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

out of rangeFebruary 12, 2021 • event

Niagara hosts a range of Chinese New Year events worth checking out

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