When travelers decide to book flights to Canada, one word usually comes to mind: cold. In most cases, this is very true. Toronto however, is as far south as the French Riviera and has four seasons that vary in weather. Packing largely depends on when you are planning your visit. If you have already picked your travel dates it will be easier to know what to expect.
How to Pack for Toronto
by Vanessa Yates
Pack for the Weather
Average temperatures and precipitation for each day of the year are listed on all over the internet. However, there’s no way to know exactly what the weather will be. You should always pack an umbrella in case of rain and some extra warm clothes in case the weather turns cold.
Remember, Toronto is one of the world’s most diverse and multicultural populations and more people live in Toronto than in Canada’s four Atlantic provinces combined. It is busy and diverse. You could wear an array of mismatched clothing and there is bound to be someone who thinks you’ve found the newest trend. If you are not planning on doing any trekking or camping up north, stick to comfortable city wear.
All seasons: Bring layering clothing of solid colours that can be interchanged.
Winter: November- March
usually the days are rather cold and windy so a good winter jacket, winter boots, wool toque, scarf, and mitts or gloves will keep you prepared for the weather outside. Leggings are great to have as well to wear with the long sweater on warmer days or under jeans/trousers on cooler days. A couple short and long sleeve shirts are great to have for the warmth of the indoors. As long as you are dressed for the weather and bring layering clothing, the cold will not deter you from any adventure.
Spring: March- May
By mid-March, spring is in the air and the transition to more outdoor society can be seen. Layering clothing is still very important for the daily change in temperature. By May, the temperature is very comfortable and jeans, leggings and trousers are all worn with an array of tops and light jackets. In spring, boots are phased out and more airy shoes are worn. Sport sneakers are mainly worn only with athletic wear. Toms are a great shoe to wear with all outfits and are comfortable and light to travel with (I own 4 pairs).
Summer: May to August
Pack mostly clothing for fairly hot weather, but be sure to bring a light jacket, sweater and long pants for evenings (and for shopping in malls and dining out, as the air conditioning can make it very cool). Shorter shorts and tank tops are okay and common to wear and dresses are light and flowy! Sandals are the shoes of choice! Again, don’t forget your umbrella as summer brings rainfalls often.
September and early October are fantastic weather months, often at very warm temperatures and little rain. again, layering is very important. Fall can be felt in the air by mid-October and the leaves start to turn. The switch from shoes to boots are made through September/October. November is often a cool and rainy month in Toronto and heavier jackets should be packed.
Toronto is known for its shopping so whatever you need is readily available for you. Don’t forget to also check out the Toronto shopping guide for your visit to Toronto!
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Author Bio Vanessa Yates and her backpack and have traveled 28 countries throughout North America, Central America, Europe, Africa and Asia. Her adventure continues in South East Asia where she will soon begin working at a Canadian international school in Malaysia. She hopes to never stop traveling!