A trip to Toronto will always be exciting. It is a chance to visit one of the top cities in the world, with a reputable reputation for its beauty, designs, structures and also the fact that it is one of the leading commercial centers in the world. But just like any other trip to a world-class city, there are certain preparations you will have to make, chief among them ensuring that you have the right travel documents and also you pack the right clothing. On travel documents, getting entry to Canada is pretty straightforward.
All you need is to apply for a visa in good time, and if you are from visa exempt countries, you will have to fill the Canada ETA online and have it approved before you land in the country. About packing, you need to be very careful since you don’t want to carry the wrong clothes, as this will have a direct impact on your comfort level as well as convenience. And since the weather in Canada can be very tricky, here is a detailed guide on how you should go about your packing depending on your time of travel.
About the Toronto Weather
You can always check for the average temperatures and precipitation for Toronto on the internet, but these are nothing but forecasts and they are never 100% accurate. As a rule of thumb, you should always equip yourself with an umbrella just in case the skies open up without notice as they usually do and this also means that you should never leave warm clothes behind.
Remember, the general weather in Canada is fairly cold, but since Toronto is a diverse and multicultural city, you have a great deal of flexibility when it comes to what to wear, including mismatching clothing in a manner that fashion stars may think that you have adopted the hottest trend. Irrespective of the season, you should always carry layering of different solid colors which you can conveniently change as you wish.
Packing for Toronto during winter
Winters in Toronto run from November to March, and as usual, it is very cold and windy and one of the ways so to survive it carries appropriate clothing such as mitts, scarfs, jackets, wool toque, winter boots, and gloves so that you can adequately defend yourself against the cold and the wind.
Leggings are also highly recommended since you can always wear them with long sweaters when it brightens up and becomes warmer or you can just have them under jeans or trousers when it is cold. You will need a couple of shorts and shirts for warm days when you have to stay indoors. One primary thing you should note about dressing in Toronto is that once you have a couple of layers with you, the cold weather will not stop you from having as much fun as you want outdoors.
Packing for Toronto during spring
Spring in Toronto comes in mid-March and may run through to May, during which there will be a transition in weather from cold and windy days to warm and calm days. It is still important to have your layering clothing at this time because the daily temperatures might sometimes vary, until you think you are still in winter.
The Toronto temperature for spring makes it comfortable to have clothes such as jeans leggings and trousers. You can combine them with a variety of tops as well as light jackets because some days will still be very chilly. Winter boots will be phased out in spring, and you can replace them with airy shoes since there will be no need to protect your feet from any cold. If you feel you are sporty, or you desire to have the sporty looks, spring is a good time to get some sports shoes and some befitting sporting attire. Such will make you look so cool and very much in season.
Packing for Toronto during summer
Summer runs from May right through to August, and it is a time when the weather is fairly hot and you can bet that so many people will be having a great time outdoors. Though the day temperatures may sometimes be very high, if you are coming to Toronto in summer, it is imperative to still carry your layering and some light jackets.
This is because the night temperatures may sometimes go very low, and if you don’t have enough warm clothes, long will be the nights for you. Again, if you plan to visit the mountain areas during summer, warm clothes are a must since night temperatures in these places may sometimes go below zero degrees.
For summer, consider carrying tank tops and shorter shorts. You can also carry light, flowy dresses since they will make you feel more comfortable during the heat of the day. Sandals are a great choice for shoes in summer, especially if you plan on going on road trips or visiting the beaches during weekends when you don’t want to spend time in Toronto. Again, the umbrella is a must since the Toronto sky is known to open up without notice even during the summer months.
Packing for Toronto in fall
Fall begins in September through to October and these are some of the months with the best weathers in Toronto. In most cases, the days are very warm with very little showers and this gives you the flexibility to enjoy a lot when it comes to dressing. As usual, you must never leave your layering behind. The temperatures will always fluctuate, and since we are headed to winter, you don’t want to take any chances with keeping warm.
This is the time when you will ditch the summer sandals and switch to boots as you prepare for winter. This is also the time to carry your heavy jackets because in just a few weeks, winter will come calling and you will need adequate protection from the snow. Don’t forget scarves, gloves, leg warmers and any arsenal you may need against the cold. When you are visiting Toronto in the fall, pack having in mind that winter is coming.
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