Best time to visit Toronto

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Best time of year to visit Toronto

Summer is a peak season in Toronto with a variety of cultural events like Caribana or Pride Week. However, be prepared to see the prices skyrocket and unruly crowds everywhere. Spring and autumn offer relatively warm weather and lower rates, that's why late April through May and September through October are the best time to visit the Toronto. As the world's best hockey teams reside in this city, you shouldn't miss an epic October–April hockey season.
Winter brings biting winds and a world of snow but it is your obvious chance to save money and a perfect season for ice skating, snowboarding, and skiing.

8 THINGS TO DO IN TORONTO (SEPTEMBER 11 - SEPTEMBER 20)

TIFF or Toronto International Film Festival

September 06–16, 2018 • event

Film stars and fans from all the planet's corners gather in Toronto for the world's biggest film festival

CN Tower Edge Walk

May–October • activity

How do you feel about heights? What about a free-hand walk on the edge of one of the world's highest buildings?

Boat Cruises

May–October  • activity

Explore the waters surrounding Toronto, and you will discover amazing city landscapes and islands

Summer Tour Around Weird Houses

May–September  • activity

A couple of eccentric houses are both amusing and scary

Black Creek Pioneer Village

May 01–December 23 • activity

This open-air museum shows Canada as it was two centuries ago

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!

Fall Fests and Fairs

September–November  • event

Maybe elsewhere autumn is associated with quiet depression, but not in Toronto where the revelry is in full swing

CN Tower

all year round • activity

Canada's tallest structure and Toronto's favourite landmark offers unbeatable panoramic views of the city

29 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Toronto Caribbean Carnival or Caribana

August 02–06, 2018 • event

Toronto invites lovers of Caribbean culture to the largest North American street festival of colourful traditions

Ice Cream Sandwiches

June–August • food

Sweet ice cream tacos, and salty caramel ice-cream with bacon and waffles—anything imaginable!

Giant Pillow Fight

April 06, 2019 • event

A pillow warrior lives inside each of us, and it's time to let him out for battle!

Fresh Maple Syrup

April 28, 2018 • food

This iconic Canadian topping is made of maple sap collected from tree trunks—what a generous gift from nature!

Hockey Season

October–April • event

The Toronto Maple Leafs are legendary: every game is a sensation, every move is epic

CN Tower Climb

April 07–08, 2018 • event

When you climp up 1,776 stairs, you'll be at the highest man-made point in Canada

Luminato Festival

June 06–24, 2018 • event

10,000 artists from 40 countries, and a million visitors—the scale is impressive as is the art!

Doors Open Toronto

May 26–27, 2018 • event

A unique chance to discover the real city that is typically hidden from visitors

Canada Day

July 01 • event

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

Halloween

October 31 • event

Experience the dread of Toronto's monsters that rise from the ground on Halloween night

Woofstock Festival

May 26–27, 2018 • event

150,000 animals compete in contests, partake in fashion shows, indulge in doggy delicacies, and simply have fun

World Poutine Eating Championship

October 13, 2018 • event

Over three kilos of steaming poutine are eaten in minutes for a prize of $5,000

Santa Claus Parade

November 18, 2018 • event

As winter approaches Toronto, Santas arrive to the city with the accompaniment of bright floats and marching bands

First Light

December 07–09, 2017 • event

After visiting 17th century Ontario, you'll see that such a life could be quite fun even without electricity and light bulbs

Bestival Toronto

June 2019 (TBA) • event

This weekend of music promises a great energy and adrenaline

Ice Skating

late November–late March • activity

Enjoy this favourite winter activity at one of Toronto's most famous outdoor ice rinks

Icycle Race

late February (TBA) • activity

Cycling on rough ground doesn't seem challenging enough any more? Toronto's icycle race may revive your competitive spirit

Victoria Day Fireworks

May 20, 2019 • event

The sky is brightened with a 14-minute display of dazzling fireworks—all for Her Majesty

Zeppole

March 19–April 21, 2019 • food

This festive Italian pastry is widely consumed in Toronto, but only for a few weeks...

Lower Bay Station

May 26–27, 2018 • activity

This bricked over, abandoned subway station can still be reached via a secret gateway

Beach Season

June–August  • activity

Either an ordinary beach or a nude one for a change—the decision is entirely up to you

Evergreen Winter Village

early December–March • activity

This natural playground offers the most dynamic winter holiday ever with plenty of outdoor games and other fun

Toronto Marathon

May 05, 2019 • event

Every year 15,000 people from over 50 countries visit Toronto driven by a common passion for running

Snow Rollers

mid-January–mid-March • nature

These huge white 'doughnuts' surely raise questions. Like, what is a 'snow roller' and where does it come from?

Public Gardens Abloom

mid-April–May • nature

Tulips, roses, cherry blossoms, butterflies, and chirping birds—spring turns a large part of Toronto into paradise

Skiing and Snowboarding

December–March • activity

Steep and gentle slopes, snowboard terrain parks, and a tubing field—ski resorts around Toronto have tons to offer

Toronto Jazz Festival

June 22–July 01, 2018 • event

One of the best jazz events to fall in love with

Toronto Waterfront Marathon

October 21, 2018 • event

One of the most popular races in North America

The Gibraltar Point Lighthouse

May 26–27, 2018 • activity

Canada's first lighthouse is still haunted by the ghost of its first caretaker