Autumn hits a sweet spot in so many ways in Toronto and other Eastern Canada destinations, like Ottawa and Montreal. There's a crispness to the air that warns winter is around the corner. This change in temperature gives vigor to the city, possibly reminding its people that they better make the most of the weather before it's freezing cold.
Aside from Thanksgiving, which Canadians observe a month earlier than their American buddies to the south, October is mostly a month in which Torontonians continue to enjoy the outdoors by hiking, biking, sitting on patios, and boating.
Those with cottages will probably close them up for the season.
Halloween is celebrated on October 31st, but it is a work and school day as usual.
Temperatures can be cool in Toronto in October, but not unpleasant. Rarely does it snow in Toronto in October. The first snow usually comes in November or December.
- Average October temperature: 9ºC/48ºF
- October average high: 14ºC/57ºF
- October average low: 4ºC/39ºF
- Visitors can expect rain about 10 out of 31 days in October.
What to Pack
Visitors to Toronto in October should be prepared for a variety of temperatures. Pack clothing that can be layered.
- Long sleeve shirts; sweaters/sweatshirts; jacket; long pants; closed-toe, comfortable shoes; and boots.
- Coat, gloves, hat. You may not need them, but you just can't be sure.
- Sunhat, warm hat, sunglasses
- Beautiful weather. It's no longer hot and humid and not yet cold. Many outdoor activities can still be enjoyed comfortably with just a little extra clothing.
- Autumn foliage is truly one of Canada's most beautiful natural attractions. You don't have to leave the city to enjoy it; several spots in Toronto have beautiful displays.
- Fewer tourists mean travel and hotel deals.
Good to Know
- The second Monday of October is Thanksgiving in Canada. Banks and most stores will be closed.
- October 31st is Halloween.
Event and Festival Highlights
- Harbourfront Centre always offers special artistic and cultural events.
- The Distillery Historic District has tours and other special events.
- Casa Loma plans special events regularly.
- International Festival of Authors
- Lots of interesting Toronto Day Trips within an hour or two of the city.
- Ontario and the area surrounding Toronto are ablaze in color in early October and you can test one of the fall foliage drives in Ontario.
- Get right out of the city for a while and enjoy the colors at any one of the Canadian resorts that are amazing in fall.
- It's just an hour down the road, so many people visit both Toronto and Niagara Falls during their visit: Planning a Trip from Toronto to Niagara Falls.