There aren’t many North American cities with more overall appeal than Toronto. The waters of Lake Ontario lend it a coastal feel, a fizzing cultural scene means there’s always something happening and a postcard-friendly assortment of towers, museums and parks provide a setting for one of the most multi-ethnic populations on the planet. A city break to Toronto from Glasgow Airport can guarantee you one thing – you won’t be stuck for ways to fill your day.
The CN Tower (301 Front Street West) was once the world’s tallest free-standing structure, and at 553m high it remains the landmark building in the city. The view from the top is every bit as impressive as you’d expect – you’re given a sense of the extreme scale of both the metropolis and the lake – and since 2011 it’s been possible to strap on a harness and step above the void below on a (frankly terrifying) Edge Walk.
Mooch around a museum
Unsurprisingly for a city brimming over with diversity and creativity, Toronto has some first-rate galleries and museums. The pick of the bunch is the enormous Art Gallery of Ontario (317 Dundas Street West), which boasts a strikingly modern facade designed by Frank Gehry, but take time too to see the quirky Bata Shoe Museum (327 Bloor Street West) or the Hockey Hall of Fame (30 Yonge Street), which gives a good idea of Canada’s love affair with ice hockey.
Step out to the islands
Sitting a short distance off the city shoreline, The Toronto Islands are straightforward to reach – there are ferry services, and by the end of 2014 there will even be a pedestrian tunnel in place. The islands themselves are green and expansive, complete with beaches, amusement rides, petting zoos and picnic spots – families, cyclists and kayakers will be in their element.