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The CN Tower--high in the sky!
The CN Tower was located within walking distance from our hotel, the Renaissance. After purchasing tickets at the base of the tower and then going through a security check we shot to the top of the tower in an elevator with glass walls. The view of Toronto was spectacular! Once at the top, we joined the throngs of people waiting to take in the panorama of the city and areas beyond. CN Tower is 1,815 feet high and was designed by architect, John Andrews in 1976.
In one area, a glass floor was a popular feature and permitted a view to the street level from atop the tower. Although my husband and grandson happily took advantage of this sight, I edged as far away from it as possible, feeling a bit squeamish.
The ride down took a while because we had to join a slowly moving line at the elevators. It was very hot and uncomfortable at this point, but we survived. A large gift shop and places to eat await visitors at the lower level while above the city the 360 Restaurant serves lunch and dinner from Mid-March to December----reservations recommended.
Thumbs up for this locale, it was almost a view from the heavens!
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Great view, not so good for pictures
There are already several tips on the CN Tower, so I will keep it short.
It is the world's tallest free standing structure and it is quite impressive.
I would suggest going an hour or so before sunset (don't forget to take into account the time you have to wait for the ticket) so you can enjoy the view night and day. We got there just as the sun was setting and could still see the orange clouds.
However, if you intend to take pictures, they are not going to come out great as there are safety nets/fences on the observation deck. You can take them from the inside, but with the thick (and dirty) glass they will not look perfect. At night it is even more difficult as there is a lot of light inside. So you should really go for the view.
Of course, there is the famous glass floor, which was not as impressive as I though it would be, maybe because it was starting to get dark or perhaps just because I was expecting more of it.
I was told that the Sky Pod is not worth the extra money (and waiting time) so we didn't go all the way up.
Obviously, try to go on a clear day. Being up there with bad visibility will surely make it a less enjoyable experience.
If possible, get the ticket at your Hotel, they will usually also give you a discount.
Toronto's One-Of-A-Kind Tower
I live and work close to our very own CN Tower so I have an idea on how many people visit the area everyday. CN Tower is located on Front Street in the heart of Downtown Toronto. It is between Rogers Centre and the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. If you are visiting for the first time, I suggest you purchase a package admission fee wherein you can see everything that the tower has in store for you. The elevator ride will take you to the Sky Pod where you have the chance to appreciate and take pictures of the surrounding Toronto view and Lake Ontario. Proceed to the Lookout Level and Outdoor Observation Deck for a spectacular view. Then here comes the Glass Floor which is the most exciting part of your CN La Tour. Do not be scared see what we have and how it looks like thousand feet down below. Now you can take a break after having the feel of the view of the CN Tower. To do this, you might want to try our simulator ride, the movie about the tower, and end up in our Marketplace where you have to purchase souvenirs that can be found only in Toronto.
This is a landmark. You won't miss it!
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ABOVE US ONLY SKY -- CN TOWER
The world's tallest building, at a height of 553.33 metres, is right here in Toronto. The CN TOWER offers spectacular views from three observation levels. Its glass floor is world famous. Other attractions in the Tower are fine and casual dining,(360 Restaurant), arcade and unique shopping.
Open year-round - daily from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
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Canada's wonder of the world
Construction on the CN Tower started on February 6, 1973 by Canadian National Railway who wanted to build a large TV and radio communication platform to service the Greater Toronto Area and also to demonstrate the strength of Canadian industry.
A metal staircase with 1,776 steps reaches the Sky Pod level (447m/1465ft/147 stories) and is the tallest metal staircase on earth. These stairs are intended for emergency use and are not open to the public, except for twice a year for charity stairclimb events: around Earth Day in the spring by the World Wildlife Fund; and in the fall by the United Way's Toronto chapter.
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A Glass Floor
In 1995, the CN Tower was declared one of the modern Seven Wonders of the World by the American Society of Civil Engineers. It also belongs to the World Federation of Great Towers. The following year, the Guinness Book of World Records officially changed the CN Tower's classification to "World's Tallest Building and Free-Standing Structure" and it retains that title to this day.
At 342 m (1,122 feet) is the Glass Floor and Outdoor Observation Deck, the Glass Floor is 23.8 square metres (256 square ft.) and can withstand the weight of 4,137 kPa (600 pounds per square inch) or 14 large hippopotami.
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Canada's National Tower. It is 553,33 high and the view on this picture is at 346 metres from the SkyPod. Sky Deck is even higher at 447 metres and is the World's highest man-made observation level, with a nerve-wrecking view.
It is a must visiting the tower while in Toronto. There are 4 glass-faced elevators which take you up to 3 observation decks at the speed of 360 meters per minute . The view from the SkyPod is amazing and from there there is a glass floor observation deck where you can look down to the ground and walk on the glass - if you dare - I didn't ;) You can either stay inside or go outside and enjoy the views from there.
You can then take the elevator even higher up to Sky Deck at 447 meters, where there is not much space to walk and for me it was way too high up, but an amazing experience.
The construction of CN-tower took 40 months and was finished in June 1976.
CN Tower - Eagles eye view of Toronto
Lot of VT members have recmmended CN Tower as a must see activity. Before the visit, we had categorized the place as over-hyped tourist trap. However, after the visit we changed our opinion. Yes, it is a must visit. If you miss watching Toronto from Sky Pod, you miss everything. No, we did not have courage to walk on the Glass Floor. Yes, we went up to the Sky Pod, but stuck to the wall.
The area nearby has many other attractions. Rogers Centre is the home of Toronto Blue Jays and Argonauts. Air Canada Centre down the street is home of Toronto Maple Leafs and Raptors.
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World's second tallest structure
If you visit the city, the 553 meters high CN Tower (Canada's National Tower, constructed 1973 – 1976 ) is one of the first things, you notice from a distance already. In the tower you should experience at least three attractions:
First one is the Skypod observation deck at 447 meters. In case of clear weather from here you can see all the way to Niagara Falls.
Second one is the favourite of many visitors, the Glass Floor, also mine. Through it, you can see all the way down to street level, it is really amazing. You do not need to afraid from a breaking of the glass, it stands more than 2 tons.
Third one is the Lookout at 346 meters, the first stop of the glass-walled elevators. This level above the Glass Floor contains the IMAX theater, two flight simulators, a nightclub, and the revolving restaurant.
Entrance fee for Total Tower Experience including Look Out+Glass Floor+Movie+Flight Simulator: C$ 30.00
Notice:Since 2009 Burj Dubai is world's tallest structure with its height of about 2,260 ft
CN Tower - Toronto Skyline
Let the elevator take you to to the top of (what was once) the tallest free standing structure in the world and you'll have a great view of Toronto and Lake Ontario.
The CN Tower is 1,815.4 ft feet high (553 metres.) There is a glass floor and an outdoor observation deck. You will also have the option of taking the elevator a little higher, to the very top of the tower and get an even better view but you can't go outside.
Admission prices go up every year. As of 2012, it is $23 for adults for basic entry (observation and glass floor only) and an extra $10 for some sort of motion theatre ride. Keep in mind that the Toronto City pass is worth buying if you plan to see a lot of Toronto attractions.
In 2011, the CN tower just introduced a new form of adventure called 'the Sky Walk' where you're securely tied but hanging over the edge of the tower. It looks pretty scary for those afraid of heights.
The Tower is located on Front street, which is in the middle of the entertainment district of Toronto. Union Station is just a 2-minute walk away.
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A city the size of Toronto naturally has a long list of "Must Sees". The CN tower would naturally be near the top of that list. It is really worth going up the tower for a spectaculr view of the city. Obviously choose a time when the weather gives you a clear view. My picture is of two tall buildings in the city. Looking carefully, you will see the tower between them.
The one picture here is of me. Ironically it is not taken at the tower at all. Its significance is that I am wearing the T-Shirt from when I walked up the tower to help raise money for charity.
Standing at 553 m tall, CN tower still claims the distinction as the world's tallest free standing structure. It also holds records like World's Longest Metal Staircase and World's Highest Wine Cellar. In 1995, the CN Tower was classified as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers.
The original construction cost of the tower was $63 million dollars, and has become an important transmission tower for the GTA. The original intent of the tower was to let signals soar freely above the mammoth skyscrapers that were built in Toronto in the 60s and 70s.
My favourite parts of the CN tower include the Skypod ( the highest observation deck on the CN tower) & the glass floor. The glass floor is really cool experience, for on one hand you know you are safe & on the other hand, you are standing over 70 floors above the ground with nothing but glass to support you. From the skypod, it is actually possible for you to see Niagara falls, though it requires a really clear day.
You also enjoy movies & simulator rides at the CN Tower.
Please click here to check the latest admission prices at the CN Tower.
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I've visited CN Tower three times now (once in 2000 and twice in 2006). It is known as "Canada's National Tower" and "a Wonder of the Modern World and the World's Tallest Building" (from the CN Tower Guest Guide). I enjoyed going up the tower where I enjoyed the city views down below from the Glass Floor (342 m); Look Out (346 m); and the Sky Pod (446 m). As well as the observation desks, there is a revolving restaurant and a marketplace.
I used my CityPass to visit the attraction but you can check out the website for more information and prices.
The CN Tower was celebrating their 30th Anniversary when it I was there in 2006. The CN Tower first opened to the public in 1976.
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CN Tower, the world's tallest
At 553m, it has been the world's tallest structure since it was buit in 1976.
On a clear day, you can even see the Niagara Falls from the observation deck! If you're not afraid of the high height, stand or jump on the huge glass bottom floor on the deck. It can actually hold the weights of 14 hippos! If you like fine dining with a view, 360, the revolving restaurant inside the Tower, is definitely the top choice.
And if you're walking downtown and doesn't know your bearing, see if you can locate the CN Tower, the direction towards the Tower is south.
It is a little expensive to go up though.
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It's a Symbol and a Wonder of the Modern World
After I'd been in Toronto for a few days and gotten a bit familiar with the geography of the city and had the Harbour tour where I heard some of the history of Toronto and about some of the architecture, I went up the CN tower to have dinner. Knowing about the city made the experience more meaningful and interesting.
Afterwards I went around the rest of the tower. The glass windows in the floor 1,122 feet above the ground doesn't seem to faze this little boy.
General Access 9:00am - 11:00pm
9:00am - 11:00pm
Information Desk staffed at 8:30am
Look Out + Glass Floor (Taxes extra)
Adult (13-64) $18.99
Senior (65+) $16.99
Children (4-12) $13.99
See my two. travelogues for other views from the tower
I skipped the Total Tower Experience which includes Look Out + Glass Floor + Skypod + Movie + 2 Motion Simulator Rides (Must be 107 centimetres (42 inches) to ride)
Includes Express Elevation (Taxes extra)
PLUS souvenir CN Tower poster with tube, special offer from the Photo Gallery, free gift with purchase (over $40.00) in the Marketplace Gift Shop and free soft drink with purchase (over $5.95 plus tax) in the Marketplace Cafe. Retail value of Total Tower Experience now over $60.00.
Cost of this is $31.99 CD for all ages.
I just didn't see the need for extra 'rides'. YMM
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