June launches Toronto's high travel season, so you should make reservations for hotels, theaters, tours, and restaurants, ideally at least a couple of weeks in advance of your travels. A lot of the city's most vibrant and interesting festivals take place during June, and lively streets keep dull moments in short supply as summer arrives in the lakeside city.
Residents and visitors alike take advantage of the outdoor patios, open-roofed tour buses, bike rentals, lake swimming, and Toronto's best outdoor attractions, such as Canada's Wonderland, as June's warm weather fully takes hold.
Of course, with all this fun and warm weather come crowds and thus, higher travel rates. Book early to take advantage of discount deals and to ensure you have a chance to experience everything on your Toronto travel bucket list.
Weather in June in Toronto
A handful of rainy days may mar June's otherwise sunny record when temperatures typically hover in the high 60s F to low 70s. The city's location on Lake Ontario, however, means the weather can be unpredictable, so it's best to be prepared for all circumstances.
- Average June temperature: 63 F / 17 C
- June average high: 75 F / 24 C
- June average low: 52 F / 11 C
Visitors can expect rain about six days out of the 30 in June
What to Pack
Though temperatures definitely start to warm up in June, potentially cool evenings mean you’ll want to bring a light jacket, fleece, or shawl for warmth. Shorts and T-shirts work for informal daytime activities, while long-sleeve shirts and long pants still make sense at night or when you need to dress a little more formally. Bring an umbrella, bug spray if you plan to head outside of the city, and a sunhat and sunscreen.
June Events in Toronto
In this ethnically diverse city, you can find back-to-back festivals all year long ranging in size from impromptu gatherings of a few hundred people to city-wide extravaganzas. June in particular is a great month for events, ranging from food and drink, to art and culture.
Pride Toronto: For the month of June, the city hosts a variety of cultural events that celebrate, empower, and support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, transgender, intersex, and queer people. All the festivities culminate in a huge parade towards the end of the month.
Luminato: Introduced in 2007, Luminato is a week-long cultural festival that celebrates music, film, art, literature, and creativity at various venues throughout the city.
Toronto Taste: This foodie fest offers an evening of fine food and drinks at Evergreen Brick Works in support of Second Harvest, Canada’s largest food rescue charity. Your ticket gets you unlimited access to 50 of Toronto’s premier restaurants and chefs serving up creative dishes on-site.
Roncy Rocks: This street festival in Toronto’s Roncesvalles neighbourhood combines art, music, fashion and family activities for a community celebration that offers something for everyone.
Taste of Little Italy: College Street from Bathurst to Shaw will once again be food, fun and drink central. The stretch of College Street, which will be blocked off from cars, will be packed with opportunities to sample food from local restaurants.
Wine & Spirit Festival: Get into the spirit of summer with a trip to Sugar Beach for the Wine and Spirit Festival where you can soak up the sun while sampling an array of beers, wines, ciders and spirits.
Taco Fest Toronto: Celebrate your love of the humble taco at this fun festival happening at Ontario Place. In addition to over 100 varieties of taco, guests can enjoy handcrafted cocktails, churros, nachos, ceviche and mire.
TD Toronto Jazz Festival: Jazz fans take note – this annual festival showcases Canadian and international musicians performing music from traditional jazz to fusion and blues to bebop.
North by Northeast: This music-focused festival showcases new and emerging musical talent and independent movies.
June Travel Tips
Summer road construction can slow down travelers. Travel rates start to increase, and during Pride hotels tend to sell out.
Toronto's location on the shore of Lake Ontario means you can find beaches in the city and June usually offers the year's first opportunity to take a dip without freezing.
Canada's Wonderland, the country's biggest amusement park located about 25 minutes outside of the downtown core, opens for business this month, but with school not yet out for the summer, you can have the place mostly to yourself, especially on weekdays.
If you’re curious about weather and climate in Toronto at other times of year, check out this guide that covers all of the city’s seasons and what to expect each month.