It should go without saying that winter in Canada is cold. Toronto, Ontario, is colder than New York City, but not quite as cold as Montreal. Its temperatures are much like Chicago, Illinois. But with anything, the more prepared you are, the better off you are. So pack correctly, know what to expect, and reap the great bargains to be had if you travel to Toronto in February.
Temperature and What to Pack
Do not underestimate how cold it can get in Toronto.
The average temperature is 23 degrees with an average high of 30 degrees and low of 14 degrees. Non-freezing days are possible, but people—especially kids—who are ill-prepared for wet, cold, snowy conditions will be miserable.
In order to keep your body warm in winter, layering will be a big help. Pack warm, waterproof clothing, including sweaters, hoodies, a heavy jacket, hat, scarf, gloves, and insulated waterproof boots.
Best Bets in February
February is low season for visitors to Toronto, so lots of hotels offer great deals and good theater tickets may be more plentiful.
If you like winter activities, like snowshoeing, ice skating, or skiing, then February may be one of the best times for you to visit.
Disadvantages in February
The main disadvantage of traveling to Toronto in February is the weather. You can expect it will be cold. You may get snow. And, if you do get snow, the walkways and roads may be slippery and hazardous.
When it is very snowy or slick, then you may have additional transportation challenges, such as canceled or delayed flights.
You may want to avoid popular attractions or ski lodges on the third Monday of February. That day is a public (or, statutory) holiday called Family Day. Ski resorts may get crowded and you might experience greater than usual waits for ski lifts.
Get Out of the Cold
The Eaton Center is one of many indoor shopping malls and connects to Toronto's underground "path" of shops. PATH, the largest underground shopping center in the world, is an 18-mile network of underground pedestrian tunnels and walkways connecting the office towers of downtown Toronto and 4 million-square-feet of retail space.
Get Out of the City
Within two hours of Toronto, there are plenty of interesting, historic towns to visit or major tourist attractions, like Niagara Falls. Consider taking a day trip out of Toronto.
Toronto Highlights in February
From the end of January to the beginning of February you can experience Winterlicious, a series of culinary events and the ever-popular prix fixe promotion at more than 200 participating top Toronto restaurants.
Harbourfront Centre is the cultural hub of Toronto offering special artistic and cultural events throughout the year. From November to March, you can ice skate for free on Canada's largest artificially-frozen outdoor rink. The rink is set along the beautiful shoreline of Lake Ontario and is the city's most scenic rink.
Go visit the Distillery Historic District for shopping, dining, shows, galleries, ongoing tours, and special events.