Toronto, Ontario

People have lived in Toronto since shortly after the last ice age. The urban community dates to 1793 when British colonial officials founded the Town of York on what was then the Upper Canadian frontier. That village grew to become the City of Toronto in 1834, and through its subsequent evolution and expansion, Toronto has emerged as one of the most liveable and multicultural urban places in the world.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It’s a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world’s most livable cities.

In general terms, Toronto’s weather broadly follows patterns for each of the four seasons:

Spring is a fairly rainy season in Toronto with daytime temperatures rising as summer approaches while nights remain cool. The average temperature during the day is about 12°C in March, April and early May.

Summer in Toronto is at its warmest in July and August, with daytime temperatures averaging above 20°C and frequently rising above 30°C. Alerts are sometimes broadcast to warn the public about risks from extreme levels of heat, sun and smog.

Fall, or autumn, begins in September with mild temperatures falling steadily until the snowy winter season begins in December. The season is characterized by the changing of the leaves which turn from green to shades of red, orange and yellow before falling to the ground.

Winter is Toronto’s coldest season, with temperatures usually below 0°C and snow falling frequently. January and February are the coldest months where temperatures can drop below -25°C. Alerts are sometimes broadcast to warn the public about risks from extreme cold weather.