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.

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Hockey Season

Hockey Season

October–April • event

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

Northern Lights

Northern Lights

January–February • nature

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

Ice Skating

Ice Skating

late November–late March • activity

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

Evergreen Winter Village

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

CN Tower

CN Tower

all year round • activity

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

Snow Rollers

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?

Skiing and Snowboarding

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

York-Durham Heritage Railway

York-Durham Heritage Railway

all year round • activity

A wonderful excursion aboard an old train through some of the most beautiful landscapes in Ontario

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Toronto Caribbean Carnival or Caribana

Toronto Caribbean Carnival or Caribana

August 01, 2020 • event

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

Cherry Blossom

Cherry Blossom

late April–early May • nature

The most beautiful time in Toronto's biggest park

Pride Toronto

Pride Toronto

June 26–28, 2020 • event

One of the largest Pride celebrations in the world is attended by over 1 million people

Giant Pillow Fight

Giant Pillow Fight

April 06, 2020 • event

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

TIFF or Toronto International Film Festival

TIFF or Toronto International Film Festival

September 05–15, 2019 • event

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

CN Tower Climb

CN Tower Climb

April 04–05, 2020 • event

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

Ice Cream Sandwiches

Ice Cream Sandwiches

June–August • food

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

Luminato Festival

Luminato Festival

June 07–23, 2019 • event

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

Fresh Maple Syrup

Fresh Maple Syrup

March 28–29, 2020 • food

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

CN Tower Edge Walk

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?

Woofstock Festival

Woofstock Festival

June 06–07, 2020 • event

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

Doors Open Toronto

Doors Open Toronto

May 23–24, 2020 • event

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

Boat Cruises

Boat Cruises

May–October  • activity

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

Summer Tour Around Weird Houses

Summer Tour Around Weird Houses

May–September  • activity

A couple of eccentric houses are both amusing and scary

Black Creek Pioneer Village

Black Creek Pioneer Village

April 16–December 23, 2020 • activity

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

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!

Fall Fests and Fairs

Fall Fests and Fairs

September–November  • event

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

Toronto Light Festival

Toronto Light Festival

January 18–March 03, 2019 • event

The largest art festival in Toronto brightens up winter

Cavalcade of Lights

Cavalcade of Lights

November 28, 2020 • event

Thousands of sparkling lights, live music, fun skating and festive fireworks

Canada Day

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

Victoria Day Fireworks

Victoria Day Fireworks

May 25, 2020 • event

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

Halloween

Halloween

late October • event

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

Toronto Jazz Festival

Toronto Jazz Festival

June 18–28, 2020 • event

One of the best jazz events to fall in love with

Summerlicious

Summerlicious

July 03–19, 2020 • event

Toronto's favourite summer food festival

Brampton Kite Fest

Brampton Kite Fest

June 08–09, 2019 • event

Eco-friendly event that celebrates Canadian multiculturalism

Canadian International AutoShow

Canadian International AutoShow

February 14–23, 2020 • event

Canada's largest and most popular car event

Zeppole

Zeppole

March 19–April 12, 2020 • food

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

First Light

First Light

December 05–07, 2019 • event

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

Toronto Christmas Market

Toronto Christmas Market

November 14–December 22, 2019 • event

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

Santa Claus Parade

Santa Claus Parade

November 17, 2019 • event

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

Bestival Toronto

Bestival Toronto

June 2019 (TBA) • event

This weekend of music promises a great energy and adrenaline

World Poutine Eating Championship

World Poutine Eating Championship

October 19, 2019 • event

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

Icycle Race

Icycle Race

February 21, 2016 • activity

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

Lower Bay Station

Lower Bay Station

May 23–24, 2020 • activity

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

Canadian National Exhibition

Canadian National Exhibition

August 21–September 07, 2020 • event

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

Dreams Festival

Dreams Festival

June 27–28, 2020 • event

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

Art Toronto

Art Toronto

October 28–November 01, 2020 • event

The only international fair for modern and contemporary art in Canada

Toronto Marathon

Toronto Marathon

May 03, 2020 • event

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

Public Gardens Abloom

Public Gardens Abloom

mid-April–May • nature

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

Beach Season

Beach Season

June–August  • activity

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

Bloor-Yorkville Icefest

Bloor-Yorkville Icefest

February 08–09, 2020 • event

Toronto’s central cultural district turns into a magic world of ice sculptures

Taste of the Danforth

Taste of the Danforth

August 09–11, 2019 • event

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

Markham Fair

Markham Fair

October 01–04, 2020 • event

One of the oldest and largest fairs in Canada

Cask Days

Cask Days

October 18–20, 2019 • event

Choose between 400 varieties of beer and cider in three days at one of the largest cask festivals in the world

Taste of Manila

Taste of Manila

August 17–18, 2019 • event

The largest Filipino festival outside of Philippines

Holiday Fair in the Square

Holiday Fair in the Square

December 07–23, 2019 • event

A new favourite Toronto Christmas tradition

Toronto Food Truck Festival

Toronto Food Truck Festival

July 31–August 03, 2020 • event

One of the biggest summer food festivals in Toronto

MuslimFest

MuslimFest

August 30–September 01, 2019 • event

The best showcase of Muslim talents in arts and entertainment

Winter Stations

Winter Stations

February 15–16, 2020 • event

Art installations transform Toronto public beaches during the cold season

Toronto Ukrainian Festival

Toronto Ukrainian Festival

September 13–15, 2019 • event

The largest Ukrainian Festival in North America

Winter at Ontario Place

Winter at Ontario Place

November 23 2018–March 17 2019 • event

A free festival celebrating all the winter things at the West Island of Ontario Place

Barrie Winterfest

Barrie Winterfest

February 01–02, 2020 • event

One of the most popular winter events in Ontario

Toronto Waterfront Marathon

Toronto Waterfront Marathon

October 18, 2020 • event

One of the most popular races in North America

Nuit Blanche Toronto

Nuit Blanche Toronto

October 03, 2020 • event

Free all-night contemporary art festival

NXNE Festival

NXNE Festival

June 12–21, 2020 • event

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

Redpath Waterfront Festival

Redpath Waterfront Festival

June 19–21, 2020 • event

This carefree, fun event is all about entertainment and huge installations

ImportFest

ImportFest

July 25–26, 2020 • event

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

Toronto After Dark Film Festival

Toronto After Dark Film Festival

October 15–23, 2020 • event

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

Canadian International Air Show

Canadian International Air Show

September 06, 2020 • event

The aviation extravaganza showcases the best aerial acrobatic jet teams on the continent

Festival of Carols

Festival of Carols

December 03–04, 2019 • event

The best way to boost one's Christmas spirit

The Karma Cup

The Karma Cup

September 12–13, 2020 • event

The largest cannabis products expo and competition in Canada

CBC Music Festival

CBC Music Festival

May 25, 2019 • event

A perfect day full of music, great food, and activities at Toronto's RBC Echo Beach

The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair

The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair

November 06–15, 2020 • event

The largest agricultural indoor event in the world

Open Streets TO

Open Streets TO

September 15, 2019 • event

Toronto streets get closed to traffic and open for people and bikes

Christmas Lights

Christmas Lights

mid November–early January • event

Witness the city transform into a fairy-tale

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

January 25–26, 2020 • event

Join one of the largest celebrations in Canada

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

March 15, 2020 • event

The largest Irish themed event held in Toronto

The Gibraltar Point Lighthouse

The Gibraltar Point Lighthouse

May 23–24, 2020 • activity

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

Toronto Comicon

Toronto Comicon

March 13–15, 2020 • event

An annual comic book and pop culture expo

New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve

December 31–January 01 • event

Explore the key spots for the celebration in Toronto

Rogers Cup (Canadian Open)

Rogers Cup (Canadian Open)

August 10–16, 2020 • event

The third-oldest tennis tournament in the world

Winterlicious

Winterlicious

January 31–February 13, 2020 • event

Two weeks of high-end cuisine exploration

Toronto Fringe

Toronto Fringe

July 01–12, 2020 • event

The largest theatre and performance festival in Ontario

Canadian Music Week

Canadian Music Week

May 19–23, 2020 • event

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

Toronto's Festival of Beer

Toronto's Festival of Beer

July 24–26, 2020 • event

Take three days off to discover your favorite beer

Rugged Maniac Kitchener

Rugged Maniac Kitchener

May 30, 2020 • event

A wild obstacle race not far from Toronto

Reebok Ragnar Niagara

Reebok Ragnar Niagara

May 29–30, 2020 • event

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

Beaches Jazz Festival

Beaches Jazz Festival

July 03–26, 2020 • event

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

jan
6
feb
6
mar
6.5
apr
7
may
8
jun
8.1
jul
7.6
aug
7.7
sep
8.1
oct
7.7
nov
6.9
dec
6.3
Toronto weather in January
6/10 score
Good
-6° average
average temperatures
8 mm
precipitation
6h 24m
daylight duration
In Toronto, January is freezing and gloomy. The title of the coldest month justifies itself—the day temperature rarely rises above -3°C (27°F), and at night, drops to -8°C (18°F). Generally, the weather conditions are somewhat harsh as the temperature may fall below -25°C (-13°F), and snowstorms are rather probable. It may snow for several days in a row, covering entire Toronto and putting the city life on hold. Besides, the so-called ice storm may also occur. This is when it rains and, as the temperature is freezing, everything around gets covered in ice. January is the time when the surface of Lake Ontario freezes. Though there are not that many sunny days in Toronto, in times when the sky is bright, the image of the icy lake is stunning. Another positive side is that January is suitable for winter sports.
Toronto weather in February
6/10 score
Good
-5° average
average temperatures
9 mm
precipitation
6h 24m
daylight duration
Compared to January, February is equally cold but slightly snowier. Most of the time, the sky is grey, and Toronto enjoys only 4 hours of sunshine daily. The night temperature quickly lowers to -10°C (14°F), and not always rises noticeably during the day. Even though the thermometer may show you higher figures, it seems to be colder due to blizzard, a robust and freezing wind. The long walks and sightseeing are not the best activities in Toronto in February. But if you feel courageous enough to go out, put on the warmest clothes and shoes, and do not neglect a hat and gloves.
Toronto weather in March
6.5/10 score
Good
0° average
average temperatures
8 mm
precipitation
6h 24m
daylight duration
Technically, the calendar winter is over, and the spring should have come, but there are only little signs of weather improvement. Though it gets slightly warmer, the evenings are fresh, and the temperature falls below freezing. The cold is more bearable than in January or February as the wind is not that chilly. The state of the sky remains the same, and the sun is a rare guest in Toronto. The clouds above promise you expected and prolonged snowfalls and frosty days ahead. Closer to the end of March, snowfalls are less frequent, and the temperature rises a bit.
Toronto weather in April
7/10 score
Very good
6° average
average temperatures
10 mm
precipitation
6h 24m
daylight duration
In April, the weather becomes more spring-like yet unstable. You should be ready for the conditions changing frequently. A sunny and warm day could quickly turn into a gloomy, snowy evening. In general, snowfalls are unlikely but possible until mid-April. As the temperatures are no longer freezing, snow melts rapidly and leaves sleet and mud all over Toronto. Besides, the chances of rain increase, so you should grab an umbrella or a raincoat. The thermometer is likely to show some 10-15°C (50-59°F) during the day. The wind blowing from Lake Ontario is still robust, but not that sneaking and cold. You can already hide your warm jacket and change it for a lighter one.
Toronto weather in May
8/10 score
Excellent
14° average
average temperatures
9 mm
precipitation
6h 24m
daylight duration
After a long winter and two fickle spring months, May finally brings relief. At the snap of a finger, the weather becomes perfect. The mornings are somewhat cold, but during the day, the temperature rises to 18°C (64°F). It gets much sunnier outside, and the grey sky is no longer an issue. However, the idyllic scene might be interrupted by an unexpected thunderstorm. In May, rain occurs from time to time, but it comes in the form of a rapid and intensive shower that ends as suddenly as it started. Pleasantly warm and relatively dry weather is a favorable combination for exploring Toronto. The heat won’t tire you during walking city tours, and the warmth is sufficient for spending a day by the lake.
Toronto weather in June
8.1/10 score
Excellent
19° average
average temperatures
10 mm
precipitation
6h 24m
daylight duration
The weather conditions in June are similar to those in May. The only difference is that the days become longer, warmer, and sunnier. On average, the thermometer points to 20°C (68°F) or a few degrees above. Mornings and evenings are relatively fresh, so you’d better carry a sweater or a jacket if you go for a late-night walk. Warm clothes will be especially suitable if you plan to spend time by Lake Ontario. The breeze from the lake is fresh as the water is considerably cooler than the air. This freshness spreads around the city, and the warmth is less perceptible. Rains are not that frequent in June, but if you wake up and see grey, cloudy sky, the chances for a sudden downpour rise. Leaving aside occasional rains, June is an excellent time to visit Toronto.
Toronto weather in July
7.6/10 score
Very good
22° average
average temperatures
9 mm
precipitation
6h 24m
daylight duration
It gets warmer in Toronto by mid-summer. The temperature may peak to 30°C (86°F), in extreme cases to 35°C (95°F). Such heat episodes occur rarely and don’t last long. In July, it’s sunny most of the time, and the number of sunshine hours reaches 14 per day. In the afternoon, a short rain might burst in, but it’s never continuous and dense. Cold throughout the year, Lake Ontario warms up in July. If the water of 19°C (66°F) is comfortable for you, you can give it a shot and spend a day swimming and sunbathing. At the same time, the proximity of Lake Ontario makes the humidity increase in Toronto. In its turn, the humidity makes the heat more perceptible.
Toronto weather in August
7.7/10 score
Very good
21° average
average temperatures
9 mm
precipitation
6h 24m
daylight duration
Together with July, August shares the title of the warmest month. They are almost identical when it comes to temperatures and general weather conditions. The beginning of the month is exceptionally favorable. Relatively dry and sunny, it’s a good time for diverse outdoor activities, from sightseeing to sunbathing. The water in Lake Ontario warms up a bit and becomes more comfortable for swimming. In the afternoon, be ready to hide from a sudden thunderstorm. For August, they are a common phenomenon. However, T-storms do not spoil generally good weather conditions that last for the entire month. By the end of August, the first signs of forthcoming autumn emerge. Evenings get chillier, and clouds cover the sky more frequently.
Toronto weather in September
8.1/10 score
Excellent
17° average
average temperatures
9 mm
precipitation
6h 24m
daylight duration
September initiates the transition from warm summer to winter. The beginning of the month is more summer-like, with a temperature of over 20°C (68°F). The sun is back to the sky, and together with a pleasant warmth, it brings a so-called Indian summer to Toronto. This period is perfect for stopping by the city as the day heat is gone, yet the gloomy and fresh autumn isn’t there. An Indian summer may last from a few days to several weeks, but each year the duration is different. You’ll notice its end by the sudden change in the weather: the temperature will drop rapidly, and the rains will become more frequent and substantial.
Toronto weather in October
7.7/10 score
Very good
10° average
average temperatures
9 mm
precipitation
6h 24m
daylight duration
At the beginning of October, there are chances for Indian summer to continue. They are low, but a few warm, sunny days may occur. Immediately after, the temperature falls rapidly. On average, the air doesn’t warm up more than 10-15°C (50-59°F). Nights get cold, and mornings are fresh enough to put on a jacket. Humidity increases, meanwhile the proximity of Lake Ontario brings fog to the city. It may cover Toronto until noon or even longer. Also, it gets windier, and the wind is cold and sneaking. The sky is grey and cloudy, promising frequent, prolonged rains. You might even notice snow falling, but the temperature is still above freezing, and the snow melts.
Toronto weather in November
6.9/10 score
Good
4° average
average temperatures
9 mm
precipitation
6h 24m
daylight duration
In November, the weather conditions deteriorate. Every day, the temperature drops, making the night air as cold as 0°C (32°F). Mornings and days are wet and foggy. Moreover, high humidity makes the cold more perceptible. Frequent, prolonged, yet light rains often turn into a snowfall. Depending on the temperature, Toronto could get either muddy or snowy. In worst cases, the wet snow freezes during the night, and the entire city turns into an ice rink. By noon, it’s usually gone as the temperature rises, and the ice melts. By the end of November, the temperature gets stably low and freezing. More frequent snowfalls cover Toronto with snow and indulge the lovers of winter sports. If you are one of those, you may go skating and skiing.
Toronto weather in December
6.3/10 score
Good
-2° average
average temperatures
9 mm
precipitation
6h 24m
daylight duration
The weather keeps on worsening. On average, the temperature lies in the range from -1°C to -4°C (25-30°F), but occasionally it drops to -20°C (-4°F). The wind is strong and freezing, making the cold hard to tolerate. The snowfalls are frequent and heavy, sometimes turning into prolonged snowstorms. The worst combination is the snow mixed with ice and rain. On such days, it might be better to stay indoors. December enjoys the least number of sunshine hours, only up to 2 hours per day. The sky is grey and cloudy, making the atmosphere somewhat gloomy. However, when the sun breaks through the clouds, it’s an excellent time to spend a day snowboarding, sledding, or doing other winter activities.