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 17 - FEBRUARY 26)

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

Winterlude

Winterlude

February 05–21, 2021 • event

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

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

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Cherry Blossom

Cherry Blossom

late April–early May • nature

The most beautiful time in Toronto's biggest park

Canadian Tulip Festival (Festival Canadien des Tulipes)

Canadian Tulip Festival (Festival Canadien des Tulipes)

May 14–24, 2021 • event

One of the largest tulip festivals in the world

Thunder Bay Parade of Lights

Thunder Bay Parade of Lights

December 04, 2021 • event

The Christmas season starts after decorated trucks roll through the city

Canada Day

Canada Day

July 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

Canadian National Exhibition

Canadian National Exhibition

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

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

Nuit Blanche Toronto

Nuit Blanche Toronto

October 03, 2020 (virtual event) • event

Free all-night contemporary art festival

Markham Fair

Markham Fair

September 30–October 03, 2021 • event

One of the oldest and largest fairs in Canada

Toronto Christmas Market

Toronto Christmas Market

canceled in 2020 • event

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

Canada Day Fireworks

Canada Day Fireworks

July 01 • event

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

Canadian International AutoShow

Canadian International AutoShow

February 14–23, 2020 • event

Canada's largest and most popular car event

Dreams Festival

Dreams Festival

June 27–28, 2020 • event

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

Barrie Winterfest

Barrie Winterfest

February 06–07, 2021 • event

One of the most popular winter events in Ontario

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest

October 09–17, 2020 • event

The best and the largest Canadian Bavarian festival

Beaches Jazz Festival

Beaches Jazz Festival

July 17–26, 2020 (virtual event) • event

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

Canada’s Wonderland

Canada’s Wonderland

late April/early May–October • activity

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

Christmas Lights in London, Ontario

Christmas Lights in London, Ontario

late November–December  • event

Some impressive light installations to get into the holiday spirit

Toronto Light Festival

Toronto Light Festival

January 17–March 01, 2020 • event

The largest art festival in Toronto brightens up winter

Taste of the Danforth

Taste of the Danforth

August 07–09, 2020 • event

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

NXNE Festival

NXNE Festival

August 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

Summer Solstice Indigenous  Festival

Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival

June 01–21, 2020 (virtual event) • event

Celebration of Inuit, First Nations and Métis heritage

Art Toronto

Art Toronto

October 28–November 08, 2020 • event

The only international fair for modern and contemporary art in Canada

ImportFest

ImportFest

July 24, 2020 • event

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

Niagara Icewine Festival

Niagara Icewine Festival

January 15–21, 2021 • event

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

Fireflies

Fireflies

late June–early July • nature

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

Easter

Easter

April 04–12, 2020 • event

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

The Big Nickel

The Big Nickel

early March–late September • activity

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

Toronto Fringe

Toronto Fringe

July 13–24, 2021 • event

The largest theatre and performance festival in Ontario

Toronto's Festival of Beer

Toronto's Festival of Beer

July 24–26, 2020 • event

Take three days off to discover your favorite beer

The Grotto, Bruce Peninsula National Park

The Grotto, Bruce Peninsula National Park

May 10–October 31, 2020 • nature

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

Toronto After Dark Film Festival

Toronto After Dark Film Festival

October 14–22, 2021 • event

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

Winter Light Exhibition

Winter Light Exhibition

February 08–March 29, 2020 • event

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

Canadian Music Week

Canadian Music Week

September 08–13, 2020 • event

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

Rugged Maniac Kitchener

Rugged Maniac Kitchener

July 04, 2020 • event

A wild obstacle race not far from Toronto

Reebok Ragnar Niagara

Reebok Ragnar Niagara

May 28–29, 2021 • event

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

Royal Canadian Henley Regatta

Royal Canadian Henley Regatta

August 02–09, 2020 • event

The most prestigious rowing race in Ontario

Luzes de Navidad en Londres, Ontario

Luzes de Navidad en Londres, Ontario

late November–December  • event

Impresionantes instalaciones de luz para entrar en el espíritu de las vacaciones

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