When to Go in Toronto

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Toronto is a beautiful city that's worth visiting at any time of year. Here are some of the pros and cons of the various seasons that will hopefully help you decide when is the best time to visit Toronto.

Winter

Winter is by far Toronto's longest season, lasting from November through March. The season is snowy and cold throughout, with temperatures usually hovering around -6 degrees C and occasionally dropping as low as -10 degrees C. There are often frigid winds, so be sure to bundle up with heavy winter coats, hats, scarves and gloves. Toronto is great for winter sports enthusiasts who enjoy ice skating, snowboarding and skiing. If you visit around the Christmas holidays, the Christmas markets offer whimsical gift ideas and the entire city is decked out in its Christmas finery, making it a spectacular sight, especially at night. Other winter celebrations include dance festivals, the annual New Year's Eve party, antique and automobile shows and even a psychic festival.

Spring

Spring is probably the shortest season and lasts from April through May. Temperatures start to rise and usually range between 6 and 12 degrees C. The days are warm, though nights can still be a bit chilly. Locals will start to get out the BBQs after the long winter and flowers will start to bloom in a variety of colors. The annual Flower Festival showcases the spring blooms in the area, and the public gardens are full of colors. The many home and garden shows are also popular places to pick up seeds and plant starts to add a few decorative touches for your own gardens. Other spring celebrations include music festivals, choral festivals, the maple syrup festival, and the children's festival.

Summer

Summer is the time for being outdoors in Toronto. Lasting from June through October, summer temperatures stay between 12 and 20 degrees C, with occasional peaks to 27 degrees C. Everything from sports to eating is done out of doors. There are also multitudes of celebrations in the summer. The Taste of Toronto is fun for all and offers locals and tourists alike a chance to try out cuisine from the area's many ethnic groups. There are also plenty of dance festivals, and fireworks' displays are a regular occurrence. Summer is the celebration of music with jazz, folk, blues and even an Elvis festival.

Autumn

In September and October the temperatures range between 10 and 15 degrees C. Foliage is at its peak and the pre-winter nip is in the air. It's warm, but there are plenty of cool breezes. The Renaissance Festival is always well attended, and you can watch jousting tournaments and dress up to join in the fun. Rounding out the season are the many harvest and Halloween festivals, Oktoberfest, and several dance shows.

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October 24, 2009 change by tiffanymparker

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