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While most people plan their trip to Toronto during the busy summer months, Toronto in spring is actually the best time to visit. After a long Canadian winter, the city comes to life again with spring flowers and cherry blossoms, bustling patios, and parks full of locals celebrating the warm weather once again.
If you’re planning a trip and wondering what the best things to do during spring in Toronto are, I’ve got you covered. From photographing cherry blossoms to the city’s best patios, this guide will plan you a perfect trip to Toronto this spring.
What is Toronto like in Spring?
If you’ve heard stories about the harsh Canadian weather, you might find yourself debating whether it’s a good idea to travel to Toronto in the spring.
While much of Canada sees snow, freezing rain, and cold temperatures well into spring, Toronto is rather lovely this time of year. Spring is the best time to travel to the city!
Snowstorms can happen in early spring, but the snow doesn’t stick around as long as it does in the colder months of January and February.
You’re more likely to see some rain during a trip to Toronto in spring, but rainy days provide the opportunity to visit the fabulous museums around the city or take in an indoor cultural event.
By early June, you’ll have consistently warm and sunny days without the tourist rush making spring the perfect time to visit Toronto.
Things to Do in Toronto in Spring
When it comes to places to visit in Ontario, none have much to offer as Toronto. As a top tourist destination for travelers from all over the world, there’s something for everyone here.
World-class attractions, sprawling green spaces, and thrilling amusements are just the beginning
As you explore the city, you’ll find many historical landmarks, museums, cultural venues, and stately architectural wonders, including the CN Tower, which towers high above all the rest.
As one of the most multicultural cities in the world, there are just as many restaurants serving local specialties as there are serving traditional dishes from just about every country. Many festivals and cultural events highlight this vibrant and diverse culture.
The city’s location along the shores of Lake Ontario allows for easy escapes from the bustling city streets. I bet you didn’t think there would be eleven public beaches a short distance from downtown. Yes, that’s right. You can go from shopping on Yonge Street to beachcombing along the shores of Lake Ontario in the same afternoon!
These are the best things to do in spring in Toronto:
Walk along the edge of the CN tower
It’s the most well-known attraction in Toronto, and no visit to the city is complete without checking out the CN Tower. Yes, you can admire it from the outside but don’t miss the chance to go inside the tower where many fascinating attractions await.
Take the elevator to the main deck, where you’ll enjoy incredible views of the city and beyond. The rotating restaurant is one of the best in the city, serving up delicious meals with an equally incredible view. Pro tip: If you’re dining at the restaurant, you don’t need to pay to go up the tower.
If you love adventure, don’t miss the hang off the edge of the CN Tower on the Edge Walk. Don’t worry, you’re harnessed in safely, but this attraction is not a good choice for anyone afraid of heights!
Explore the cities neighbourhoods
Springtime is the best time to take a walk around the city’s colorful neighborhoods. Go for a stroll along the waterfront, which has designated biking/walking paths with views of Lake Ontario and the islands.
Kensington Market is another great place to explore with restaurants, vendors, street art, and vintage stores.
The Beaches neighborhood, situated east of downtown, is another neighborhood you’ll want to check out.
This area of the city is so laid-back it doesn’t feel like you are in the city at all. Enjoy long walks on lakefront beaches, hiking in the parks, and checking out the little shops in the village.
Pack a picnic in the park
Spring is the perfect time to pack a picnic and head to one of the city’s many parks! High Park is one of the most popular places to go for spring activities in Toronto, with its dozens of cherry blossoms and gorgeous walking trails.
Tommy Thompson Park also has some lovely trails with nice views, and it’s one of the best places to go bird watching in the city.
Go for a patio drink
In spring, most days are nice enough to enjoy a drink on one of Toronto’s many rooftop patios. Whether it be a plain coffee, a cafe latte, or a fancy cocktail, you’ll find a refreshing (or warming depending on the temperature outside) drink to enjoy while watching the busy street below.
Hemingway’s, Drake Sky Yard, Pauper’s Pub are a few of the best places around the city with rooftop patios.
Attend a sports game
Even if you don’t follow baseball, attending a Jays game at The Roger Centre is one of the most exciting things to do during a visit to the city. You can find cheap tickets online, and the excitement of being in the arena is the perfect way to spring a spring afternoon in Toronto.
If you’re in town at the right time, you might even be able to catch a Toronto Maple Leafs game at the Scotiabank Arena.
Visit the Toronto Islands
It’s not hard to escape the hustle and bustle of the city for a day, and one of the best places to head to on sunny spring days is the Toronto Islands.
There are two ways to get to the island. The first way is by ferry at Jack Layton Ferry Terminal, which departs every hour in the spring. The second way is by water taxi, which is a little more expensive but will get you there quicker.
Once on the island, you’ll find a variety of attractions, including several beautiful beaches, a theme park with a rollercoaster, sprawling green spaces, and nature trails. Kayaks, canoes, and bicycles are available to rent.
Visit Allan Gardens Conservatory
If you need somewhere warm to go, Allan Gardens Conservatory is an excellent option in the downtown area. This indoor sanctuary is home to a botanical garden with several plants, including cacti, tropical plants, and spring flowers.
Visit the museums and art galleries
If you find yourself in Toronto on a rainy day, don’t worry because this is the perfect opportunity to visit one of the museums and art galleries that are among the best in Canada.
The Royal Ontario Museum is the most visited museum in Canada, housing a vast collection of art, world culture, and natural history. The Art Gallery of Ontario is another place not to miss, with a collection of more than 90000 works of art. Every Wednesday evening, admission is free!
Spring day trips from Toronto
Spring is the perfect season to rent a car and explore one of the many beautiful places near Toronto on a day trip. Canada’s top natural wonder, Niagara Falls, is just a two-hour drive away, or you can chase hundreds of waterfalls on stunning hiking trails in Hamilton.
Springtime Festivals in Toronto
Toronto is known the world over for its many festivals throughout the year, and some of the best festivals take place in spring. Whether it be the arts, film, food, or music, there’s bound to be something going on during your visit.
Each spring, The Enercare Centre plays host to the One of Kind Spring Show that showcases Canadian companies and locally made products that you can purchase.
If you’re looking for something unique and local, you’ll find plenty of souvenirs and gift ideas here. The 2022 event is scheduled for March 30 to April 3.
Hot Docs Festival, which is scheduled for April 28-May 8, 2022, features documentary screenings in various venues around the city. See some of the top documentaries from around the world and attend seminars featuring talks from some of the directors.
Doors Open Toronto, which takes place May 28 & 29, 2022, is a free event. It invites visitors to come and explore Toronto’s architectural, historic, and cultural significance sites that are either not usually open to the public or would normally charge an entrance fee.
With more than 150 different places to check out, this is a great way to explore Toronto and learn more about the city and its history.
Canadian Music Week is a long-standing festival that features hundreds of musical acts, and North by Northwest showcases a mix of comedy, music, art, and film. The 2022 event is scheduled for June 6th-11th.
It would be impossible to explore Toronto’s food scene in one trip, but you can sample the best of the best at the Toronto Taste Festival. This year’s event is scheduled for Sunday, June 12, 2022, at Evergreen Brick Works.
Where to See Cherry Blossoms in Toronto
No article about visiting Toronto during spring is complete without mentioning the cherry blossoms that bloom in High Park every year around the end of April. This gorgeous green space draws people from all over during the short period when blossoms are at their peak.
The roads and paths through the park are lined with these pretty cherry blossoms but be aware that they only last between four and ten days, with the average peak time around May 4. High Park is also home to hiking trails, picnic areas, and a lakefront area.
If you’d like to see cherry blossoms without the crowds of High Park, you can also see them at Cedarvale Park, Toronto Island Park, Trinity Bellwoods Park, and Centennial Park.
Where to Stay in Toronto
There are many great places to stay in Toronto to suit all budgets and tastes.
The five-star Fairmont Royal York, located downtown on Front Street, is a luxurious, historic hotel with beautifully decorated public spaces and rooms, an indoor swimming pool, a full spa, and several restaurants.
The Park Inn on Shuter Street is a budget-friendly three-star hotel close to the downtown core. The basic but comfortable rooms make for an excellent base to launch your adventures around the city. The best part is breakfast is included with your stay.
If staying in a hostel is your preference while traveling, you’re in luck because Toronto has many fabulous hostels that won’t break the bank.
The Planet Traveler Hostel on College St is only about a ten-minute walk from downtown. It features a complimentary breakfast, a lively rooftop bar with views of the city, and solar-generated hot water for eco-friendly travelers.
There are so many wonderful things to see and do in Toronto that this list doesn’t even come close to covering everything, but it gave you a few ideas of what to do on your visit!