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Visit this man made wonder of the modern world...
The CN Tower is by far Toronto's most recognizable and photographed landmark. At 1815 feet (553 metres), for over 30 years this modern concrete obelisk held the record as the world's tallest freestanding structure.
Completed in 1975 by Canadian National Railway (CN) it defines the Toronto skyline and still serves as its center of communications providing signals for Canadian TV, radio and cellular networks.
Located right in the downtown core a trip to the top offers outstanding views of Toronto and its environs as well as Lake Ontario and the Toronto islands.
On a clear day you can see clear across the lake to New York State in the United States!!!
Getting to the top of the tower is an experience in itself as you zoom up in glass enclosed elevators at 15 miles per hour (22 km/h) in just under a minute. As well as indoor and outdoor observation decks you can enjoy fine dining at the 360 Restaurant. This rotating restaurant located at the 1151 foot mark (351 metres) makes a complete circle every 72 minutes and offers incredible views of the city.
Other attractons include:
- a walk on the glass floor that allows you to look straight down 1122 feet (342 metres)
- a high -definition 3D theatre
- Edge Walk at the CN Tower where thrill seekers walk outside "hands free" at the height of 1168 feet (356 metres) on a 5 feet (1.5 metres) wide ledge attached to a harness via a safety rail. This fairly new attraction has quickly become one of the highlights of a visit to the Tower. While fairly expencsive most people who try it come away thrilled and would readily participate again. Check out this video about the Edge Walk experience:
- Skypod observation deck at 1465 feet (447 metres)
- Nightly exterior neon lighting of the tower from to to bottom
The tower is open 7 days a week and for more information such as opening times and admission fees I recommend checking out the official website at www.cntower.ca. Be forewarned that the various attractions are not cheap and quickly add up for large families. The CN Tower is included as part of the Toronto City Pass.
Insider Tip: If you are planning at dining at the 360 Restaurant the cost of the elevator trip to the observation deck is waived.
Insider Tip: Visit www.attractionsontario.ca and go to their e-coupons page and download a coupon for 20% off the regular admission price.
The tower's central location places it close to a few other tourist destinations within walking distance or at least accessible by public transit or a short taxi trip.
Map of CN Tower location:
The CN Tower is located at the corner of John Street and Front Street. John Street is the heart of Toronto's entertainment district and contains many bars, restaurants and theatres.
- Down the street is Union Staton, the central hub for both the TTC subway systems and all other bus and train services to and from the city. From Union Station visitors can travel by land to practically anywhere in Canada. Indoor access from Union Station to the tower is available through the Skywalk and is only a 5-minute walk.
- Beside the tower is the Toronto Convention Center, which hosts many of Toronto’s largest conventions and special events. Across the street is the CBC building (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation), Canada’s national television broadcaster.
- Around the corner is the Rogers Centre (formerly SkyDome) the world’s first outdoor retractable roof stadium (sorry Montreal but yours didn’t work)! The Rogers Centre is home to Major League Baseball’s Toronto Blue Jays and also the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League.
Within walking distance is Old Fort York, the birthplace of Toronto and a National Historic Site located on the exact site of the cities first buildings and still containing some of the oldest buildings in the city.
All in all, the CN Tower is a definite must see attraction that no visitor should miss whether you go up to the top or not. No visitor can really say they have seen Toronto until they visit this world famous building.
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