What’s the best time to visit Toronto?

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As the largest city in Canada, Toronto offers something for you to do no matter what time of year you visit. Winters in Toronto are as unpredictable as the weatherman; one January may bring snow banks as tall as your 10-year-old, while the following year it barely slips down to the 30s. But, to be safe, unless you have a parka made out of whale blubber, you’ll want to stay away from Toronto during the winter months. With the wind whipping off Lake Ontario, the winter days that barely reach the teens are that much worse. Though you can hop over to Canada’s capital, Ottawa, and skate on the Rideau Canal, which becomes the world’s largest skating rink during the winter. When the waterway is not completely frozen over, it’s the oldest continually operated canal system in North America.

If you prefer to walk the streets without turning into an icicle, plan your trip to Queen City during the summer. The last two weeks of July and first two weeks of August are particularly awesome times to visit. As you stroll the streets of the vibrant neighborhoods where the sidewalks are overflowing with patios, you’ll truly understand that Toronto bursts to life in the summer. Chock full of street festivals and open-air extravaganzas, the warm months in Toronto mean nonstop activity. Whether you venture to the enormous Toronto Pride Festival in June or the Toronto International Film Festival in September, your trip to this metropolis will be jam-packed with culture and fun.

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