Toronto is one of the few places I’ve visited on holiday more than once.
There’s a good reason for that – my best friend, Helen Cook, emigrated there almost a decade ago.
My husband and I visited her for the first time in May 2008.
She’s been back to the UK a few times since, so it was definitely our turn to make the transatlantic trip, this time with two children in tow.
Our flights were organised by Travel Counsellor Lizzie Adamson-Brown.
She took away all the stress of finding the right connections and made all the necessary arrangements, even checking us in online.
I can highly recommend her services – our airline and airport experiences were hassle-free.
Having enjoyed Toronto as a couple, it was great to take the children and see the city and the surrounding area from their point of view.
We repeated a few of the sights from our first trip, taking in the CN Tower, a Blue Jays baseball game, Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake.
We also hit the Legoland Discovery Centre and the Royal Ontario Museum, took a cruise on the tall ship Kajama and hunted down no less than four comic book stores!
My friend lives in Burlington, so we commuted with her into the city on the days she had to work and the kids loved the Go train and its three-storey carriages.
We also had a road trip to Gravenhurst in Muskoka and swam in Lake Gull.
I spotted some nice calligraphy while we were out and about and bought a book about lettering from the Toronto Comic Arts Festival shop at the Toronto Reference Library.
The highlight was, of course, seeing my friend and watching her with the kids – it’s been 18 months since she last saw them in the flesh so there were lots of hugs.
Hopefully it won’t be another eight years before we visit again!