How Safe Is Toronto for Travel?

Toronto, Canada
Safety Index:
81

Even though it is not the capital city of Canada, it is its most famous and most populous city, for sure.

Toronto, the capital city of the Canadian province of Ontario, is located on Lake Ontario.

Besides being a great place for immigrants to come and live here, Toronto is a center for music, theater, film, and television production.

The headquarters of the main Canadian television networks such as CBC, CTV, City, Global, The Sports Network and Sportsnet are located in Toronto.

Business, arts, and culture are some of the attractions in Toronto.

The Royal Ontario Museum, The Toronto Zoo, The Art Gallery of Ontario and The Gardiner Museum of ceramic art are only some of the features that attract tourists from all over the world who seek education and knowledge.

Warnings & Dangers in Toronto

Overall Risk

OVERALL RISK : LOW

Toronto is the least dangerous city in North America and among the top safest cities in the world. However, like any other big city, some crime problems exist and some areas should be avoided by tourists.

Transport & Taxis Risk

TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : LOW

Driving in Canada is relatively safe, although tourists are advised to use public transportation and taxis when touring the city. There are no reported risks in terms of transport and taxis in Toronto.

Pickpockets Risk

PICKPOCKETS RISK : MEDIUM

Toronto is relatively safe in terms of pickpocketing. However, some records of pickpocketing were made in restaurants and cafés, so tourists need to be careful to minimize the probability of theft.

Natural Disasters Risk

NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : LOW

Natural disasters are not strange to Canadians, as one of the most geographically diverse countries in the world. Possible disasters are tornadoes, snowstorms, and floods, depending on the region, but the risk level in Toronto is low.

Mugging Risk

MUGGING RISK : LOW

As most of the major cities in Canada, Toronto is considered a safe city when mugging and kidnapping risks are concerned. Nevertheless, awareness of your surroundings is necessary.

Terrorism Risk

TERRORISM RISK : LOW

An act of terrorism could occur in Canada since it can never be predicted. This means that tourists need to be constantly vigilant.

Scams Risk

SCAMS RISK : MEDIUM

Unlike other Canadian cities, where scam risks are unlikely and not reported, Toronto has certain reported risk, especially via the Internet, when tourists buy tickets online. Pay attention to the website where you enter your credit card information, because some of them might not be secure.

Women Travelers Risk

WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW

The general crime rate in Toronto is very low and the city has a reputation as one of the safest major cities in North America so it is very welcoming for women travelers. Since women travel for countless reasons, often alone, when it comes to security women face greater obstacles, so they should not be on the street after dark, especially around Parliament and Jarvis Streets.

So... How Safe Is Toronto Really?

Taking into consideration the fact that Toronto is a cosmopolitan and populous city, it is expected that the crime rate is at a high level.

However, the great thing about it is that people are walking around, both during the day and night, which makes Toronto quite safe.

One of the longest streets in the city, and at the same time risky one, in terms that it can take you to unsafe parts of the city at night is Yonge Street.

On the other hand, there is Yorkville where there are luxurious shops, restaurants, and the city’s best attractions.

Thus, this is considered the safest part of the city.

The Entertainment District, as its name says, is full of nightclubs and restaurants and this area can be risky after midnight because of the drunk people that are coming out of the bars.

Canada’s tourism infrastructure is fantastic and the police are reliable, so tourists can feel relaxed once in Toronto.

So if you want to see plenty of beauty, do not worry about safety.

Just take your camera and prepare for real visual pleasure.

Useful Information

  • Visas - Since there is a difference among the citizens of certain countries and their necessity for a visa when entering Canada, the best way is to visit sites and get informed about your own country. An Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) is required and costs CAD 7.
  • Currency - The Canadian dollar is the official currency of Canada. The best way of paying is by using a credit card. If you decide to exchange money, banks and exchange offices are the safest solution. Most stores would change your money, but they will choose the exchange rate which could not be suitable.
  • Weather - The city of Toronto has a humid continental climate which includes warm summers and cold winters. Winter months can be very cold, with an average temperature below 0 °C, and sometimes it can fall to −25 °C. During the summer, warm temperatures are usually between 20 and 30 °C. However, the weather cannot be predicted since it changes from day to day in all seasons.
  • Airports - Toronto Pearson International Airport, officially named Lester B. Pearson International Airport, is the busiest Canadian airport that is used not only by the travelers that come to Toronto but also to all other major cities in Canada. It is 22.5 km away from the city center. Some other smaller airports of Toronto are Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, Toronto/Buttonville Municipal Airport, and Toronto/Downsview Airport.
  • Travel Insurance - It is always advisable that travelers acquire a travel insurance policy in case of emergency medical expenses and lost, damaged or stolen private possessions.
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Toronto Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan -4° C
Feb -4° C
Mar 2° C
Apr 8° C
May 15° C
Jun 20° C
Jul 23° C
Aug 22° C
Sep 19° C
Oct 12° C
Nov 6° C
Dec 0° C
Choose Temperature Unit

Average High/Low Temperature

Temperature / MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
High
°C
-1051219242726231593
Low
°C
-7-7-24101518181482-3
High
°F
303241546675817973594837
Low
°F
191928395059646457463627

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8 Reviews on Toronto

  1. M
    Mariano says:

    Toronto the safe?

    Toronto Is not safer than when I migrated to this country. The news of gun violence increase every day, I remember in the few years after I came to Canada I could hear of the occasional shooting but nothing like what we’re seeing now. Ok I also have to factor that when I came I was also comparing my native country to this one and that my main focus was not necessarily the news of the day because I had to worry about providing food and shelter to my family and that is why I don’t say when I came, but after three years of living here one can definitely asses what the situation was before and more than 10 years after. In short and as like politicians like to say, Toronto is still a safe city but compared to what? That’s the problem I don’t like to compare or your lowering your bar conveniently. The current ford government is not helping either. Public safety starts with comprehensive programs for youth and families in need.

    1. L
      Living in Etobicoke says:

      I have lived in Toronto my entire life and never seen a gun or heard a gunshot.

    2. D
      Dilawar says:

      Lived in Toronto for 4 years from 2010 to 2014 during my undergraduate. Personally didn’t like it because I don’t like concrete jungles and unnatural environments but hey those are just my preferences. Came back to live there for the last 4 months of 2019 and the stuff I saw and experienced took a toll on my mental health. Saw so much street crime and encountered the scum of the earth in this city. Towards the end of my stay I actually felt that one day I would leave my apartment and not come back alive. I think my fear is somewhat justified due to recent events such as targeted killing on rapper Houdini in broad daylight in Toronto during which innocent bystanders were also hurt. On top of that to make things worse, there was a full on gang war at his vigil. I mean I come from Supposedly one of the most dangerous, overcrowded and worst cities in the world, Karachi, there is a lot of street crime there but people only rob, murder and do other horrible things and get hurt if they are seriously involved in that world. On the other hand I feel that in Toronto there could scums and psychos anywhere who would kill you over a petty matter, accidentally or due to collateral damage in these stupid situations. I would think that as a city etc Toronto beats Karachi in terms of development infrastructure etc but in terms of safety Toronto is probably just as bad as Karachi and that police/law enforcement should do more and be harsh on criminals of these horrible crimes to set an example for anyone thinking of causing trouble in the city. But hey that’s just my opinion. Sorry if I offended anyone who hold Toronto close to their heart.

  2. C
    Chris Green says:

    Love it!

    I was born in Toronto and lived there for nearly 15 years of my life. I moved to the US with my father after my mother passed away and we still go back once a year to visit. It is just as good as it was, if not better from when I grew up there. A lively city full of diverse love.

  3. A
    Aaron K. says:

    Go there!

    Toronto is one of those places that shocks you to be as safe as it is. It is a major city so there will always be crime but in comparison to a place like New York City, you can consider this place safer than your grandma’s backyard. LOL! But seriously, if you are thinking of going, go. It is great!

  4. J
    John hoppkins says:

    Toronto is a beautiful place. Have you ever seen WolfieRaps? in youtube? ask him and you’ll know.

  5. W
    William says:

    Love this city

    I’m 52, born and raised in Toronto, live right downtown and I too have never heard a gun shot. I’ve never felt unsafe walking home at anytime, never. People are friendly, beautiful waterfront, great restaurants and attractions. I love Toronto (as will you), I think its one of the most underrated cities in the world.

  6. R
    Robert S says:

    Was a good and safe city once...

    I’m 50 and was born in Toronto. The city that I grew up in sadly no longer exists. As one of the previous reviews stated, Toronto has become as bad as Karachi (maybe even worse) in many, many areas of the city. Shootings, stabbings, muggings, and crime in general occur constantly, and are not even widely reported anymore. Crime in Toronto has skyrocketed as the demographics of the city continue to change. There are many large areas in the city that can now be considered slums, filled with marginalized people who have no income other than social assistance, and live in poorly maintained government housing. As the government continues to settle the majority of new Canadian immigrants into Toronto, the existing population is continuing to leave the city in droves. Foreign buyers have caused real estate values to reach levels that only the wealthy can afford, which only quickens the exit of working class people from the city. I feel very sad reflecting upon what Toronto has become today. It is quickly becoming the “Detroit” of Canada…

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