Toronto’s weather is as different as yin and yang throughout its seasons. Winter can see the mercury plunge to a bone-chilling -30°C while summer can see things heat up to as much as 35°C.
Make sure you see the city at its best with our handy guide to the top times to visit Toronto.
When is the best time to go to Toronto
Overall, the best time to visit is in autumn from mid-September to mid-October. In autumn, the crowds wane and so do the temperatures, but you can find yourself exploring the sights under blue skies in temperatures between 8 and 18°C
Most tourists descend on Toronto in summer, between June and early September, in order to take advantage of the warm seasonal temperatures that hang between 20 and 25°C. This means that all the top sightseeing spots can get crowded and prices are at their peak. However, if you'd rather have temperatures and crowds at their peak and don't mind paying extra for the pleasure, travel during the summer months.
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Toronto has four distinct seasons. In spring (March to late May), temperatures range from 3-18°C, although some days can get pretty rainy and grey.
In summer, (June to early September) the thermometer hovers between 20 and 25°C, although temperatures have reached 35°C.
In autumn (mid-September to mid-November), you can expect to explore in 8-18°C heat.
In winter (late November to early March), the city starts to freeze over and the mercury regularly drops to -8°C and occasionally a great deal more.
Weather and prices
Best time to visit Toronto, weather wise: The summer months of June to early September.
Cheapest time to visit Toronto: January, when the city is usually in a deep freeze.
Best time to visit Toronto for...
- Marketplaces: Summer and autumn are two of the best times of year to visit Toronto’s fresh produce markets and the St Lawrence Market in particular. In June, strawberries, cherries, beets and asparagus start to appear on stalls, followed closely by plums, peppers, peaches and melons in July. In August, squash, corn and apples come out. Hot on their heels are pumpkins, nectarines and peas in September.
- Festivals: Summer is peak festival season in Toronto. North by Northeast, Toronto Dragon Boat Festival, Toronto Pride, Toronto Jazz Festival, Toronto Fringe and Caribana – the Caribbean carnival – all animate the city between June and August. If you can brave the weather, winter also plays host to a number of events like the Cavalcade of Lights and Winterlicious – a huge prix fixe food festival that involves more than 200 restaurants.
- Sightseeing: Autumn is the top time for sightseeing in Toronto as skies remain clear, the temperature stays fairly balmy and queues at the main landmarks and museums die down.
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