June - September
This vibrant city casts off winter and throws itself into summer with an incredible enthusiasm. Sidewalks are suddenly home to packed patios, which are perfect for people-watching. Toronto crams a kaleidoscopic array of festivals into the summer months, from Luminato arts festival, North by Northeast music festival and the gargantuan Toronto Pride in June, to the renowned Toronto International Film Festival in September. Open-air events and street festivals confetti the calendar, and every weekend sees a slew of diverse events that attract literally millions of spectators and participants. All this means that top Toronto hotel prices stay high and the city feels exceptionally alive from morning till the wee hours. Toronto weather in the summer can lurch into the hot, sticky 90s, with humidity occasionally making that feel like well over 100 degrees, but summers usually bask in the mid- to high-80s and are cooler by the lakeshore and on the Toronto Islands.
November - March
Winter in Toronto is an unpredictable beast—one year a January or February visit might have you clambering over 4-foot snowbanks to get into a cab, while 12 months later there might be only a token sprinkle of the white stuff on the ground. Even in the harshest weather conditions, however, Torontonians keep on hitting the bars, checking out events, and getting the most out of the city. Don’t be surprised to see T-shirt clad regulars chatting and smoking outside West End watering holes at 2AM when the mercury’s dipped well below zero. Other than over the holiday season, you’ll find some decent deals on hotel prices during the off season.
April - May, October
When you’re thinking of Toronto travel, April and May are the best times to visit Toronto. At some stage in mid-April, the final dregs of the last snowstorm melt away, temperatures bound toward 70, and, suddenly, everyone in the city is smiling. There’s a palpable joie de vivre when spring arrives, and a visit during these months will have you falling for Toronto within hours of arrival. With the city being such a beacon for Canadian finance and commerce, there’s not much wiggle room in hotel prices, but you won’t find so many places sold out at this time of year.