Toronto Holiday Weather Overview
Toronto is the largest city in Canada when it comes to population and is the capital of the province of Ontario.
The city was originally name the City of York when it was established in the late 18th Century, however during the Battle of York in the War of 1812 the city was sacked and in 1834 was renamed to Toronto.
Toronto is the commercial capital of Toronto that is home to the Toronto Stock Exchange and five or the largest banks in Canada.
Top places to stay in Toronto
Toronto has plenty of accommodation to offer to weary travellers from hotels and bed and breakfasts to private rental apartments and houses.
When it comes to hotels there is the Trump International Hotel and Tower Toronto, the Four Seasons, the Ritz-Carlton, the Hotel Le Germain Maple Leaf Square, the Old Mill, the Shangri-La Hotel and the Drake Hotel, all of which have excellent reputations and facilities in some of the chicer areas of Toronto.
For the personal touch when it comes to accommodation there are some excellent bed and breakfasts in Toronto including the Banting House Inn, the Park Bed and Breakfast, a Suite Dreams Toronto B&B, Jare’s Place Bed & Breakfast and for those that want a slightly more original form of accommodation, the Making Waves Boatel.
Best food and places to eat in Toronto
Food in Toronto is something of a delight with a wide range of different cuisines on offer. If you are a fan of ice cream then the ice cream parlour G for Gelato not only has some of the best ice cream in Toronto, but also offers an excellent Italian menu of pizza, pasta with the relaxed feel of a café.
For a relaxed dining experience with a mixed menu then you might want to visit restaurants like the Richmond Station that not only has an enjoyable atmosphere but good food and excellent service.
If you would rather enjoy a more upmarket experience then Toronto has plenty of places to choose from like the French restaurant, Scaramouche. The food is delicious and has a fresh and contemporary menu with prices ranging between £30 and £60 for a meal.
Things to do and see in Toronto
Toronto has a wide variety of entertainment, natural wonders and historical sites that will leave you spoilt for choice when visiting the city.
If you want to enjoy the cultural side of Toronto, then visiting the Princess of Wales Theatre, the Royal Conservatory of Music, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra or the Famous People Players Dinner Theatre will provide you with an evening of superb entertainment.
For those that would rather visit the natural wonders of Toronto, then there is Toronto Island Park, High Park, the Centre Island, the Edwards Gardens and Allan Gardens Conservatory are all breath-taking locations filled with stunning natural beauty.
Toronto also has the famous CN Tower which is a must see when visiting the city.
Best month to visit Toronto
For those who enjoy winter sports, winter in Toronto is an excellent time to visit the city, if you can cope with the high levels of humidity, then summer in Toronto is something that is not to be missed. If you would rather avoid the high humidity and the risk of smog then visiting Toronto in the autumn or spring is probably best.
Toronto's location on the Great Lakes has a major influence on its climate, and ensures that it is both warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer than it might otherwise be.
That's not to say that Toronto's winters aren't still severe, however. Snow cover is fairly constant between December and March, and temperatures are icy. During the summer months, surprisingly, Toronto becomes rather humid and sticky, which is an unpleasant surprise for many visitors who are expecting a cooler city.
Best Time to Visit Toronto
The best time to visit Toronto depends on what you want from your visit. Each of the seasons has its distinct appeal in this city.
For many travellers, autumn is a preferred time to visit, as you can avoid the crowds and the oppressive heat of the summer while still enjoying a wide variety of events and festivals. Autumn skies are often clear and the city's parks are a riot of autumn colour.
Autumn temperatures range from around 21°C in September to 7oc in November, with overnight temperatures at 13°C in September but down to 2°C in November. Fog is likely on some days from Lake Ontario, and grey drizzle occurs on around 10 days each month, but for the majority of the time this is a beautiful season.
Winter in Toronto
Winter in Toronto is bitterly cold by most standards, but not quite as cold as elsewhere in Canada. Daytime highs fall to -1°C in January, while overnight temperatures throughout the winter can average -3 to -6. If that sounds do-able, you're right - but the record low was -32°C, so be prepared for it to be potentially a lot worse than those average figures show.
If you're visiting Toronto in the winter, warm winter clothing is essential in the city; in the surrounding hills and mountain, proper snow gear will be required.
Spring in Toronto
Spring brings the city back to life after its winter in the deep freeze, and this is an excellent season to enjoy Toronto's parks and sporting fixtures. The average overnight temperature creeps slowly above freezing by April, and by the end of May you can expect daytime temperatures of around 18°C.
Spring can be wet and windy in Toronto, however, with rain on almost half of the days each month - bring some layered clothing and something waterproof.
Summer in Toronto
Although the average temperatures in June, July and August are a pleasant 25°C or so, the thermometer can creep above 40°C, and heat waves are quite common. Take a hat and plenty of sunscreen, as well as sunglasses. An umbrella would be useful too, as you can still expect a few inches of rain each month throughout the summer.
What to pack and wear in Toronto?
Depending on the time of year you are choosing to visit Toronto will govern what you need to wear. During the summer months light clothing is suitable, though winter visits will require very thick and warm clothing as well as footwear designed to cope with snow.
Best months to visit Toronto?
June and July are the best month to go for holiday or travel to Toronto. The Toronto weather averages gathered from Toronto weather forecast and Toronto weather history also forecast these months temperature to be around 21°c and average of 205.9333 hours of sunshine in a month.
Coldest months of Toronto?
February and January are the coldest months with temperature at around -7°c.
Which months receive most rainfall in Toronto?
June and July receive most rainfall with precipitation count of 96.90mm.
Travelling to Toronto? Check out our Weather averages of Toronto to better plan your holiday or travel.
If you would just like to know what the weather was for a past dates for research or education or you are just curious then visit our historical weather of Toronto section.