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Toronto in January - Weather and Event Guide

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Embrace the Canadian Winter - Visit Toronto in January

January may be cold, but with lots of post-holiday sales and bargains and few crowds, it can be a good time to visit Toronto.

Some people actually enjoy the cold and snow of course, and for them, Toronto and nearby Toronto offers plenty to do to make the most of the winter season.

January Weather in Toronto:

Toronto has cold, snowy winters. The sub-zero temperatures feel colder because of the wind chill factor. Nevertheless, if you're prepared, you can actually enjoy the Canadian winter.
  • Average January temperature: -6ºC / 21ºF
  • January average high: -2ºC / 28ºF
  • January average low: -10ºC / 14ºF
Visitors to Canada in January should be prepared for rain or snow, both of which are likely.

Find out how to dress for cold weather.

What to Pack for Toronto in January:

Toronto has cold, snowy winters. The sub-zero temperatures feel colder because of the wind chill factor. But, temperatures are not necessarily unpleasant if you're prepared.

Pack clothing that can be layered. The outdoors is cold, but stores, theatres and restaurants may be quite warm:
  • Long sleeve shirts; sweaters / sweatshirts
  • Heavy, winter jacket, lighter jacket or winter vest
  • Hat, mits, gloves, scarf
  • Closed-toe, comfortable waterproof shoes and boots
  • Umbrella
Find out how to dress for cold weather.

Toronto in January Perks:

  • Toronto is a great shopping city at any time, but January offers exceptional sales as they try to unload all their Christmas-time wares. See Toronto's best places to shop.
  • Fewer visitors means good tickets to shows are easier to get.

Good to Know about Toronto in January:

  • January 1st is New Year's Day and a statutory holiday where pretty much everything is closed.

Toronto in January - Event and Festival Highlights:

Toronto in January - Shopping Highlights:

Toronto in January - Getting out of the City:

  • Day trips out of Toronto - within 2 hours of Toronto, there are plenty of interesting, historic towns to visit or major tourist attractions, like Niagara Falls.

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