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CN Tower, Toronto
There are tons of things to do in Toronto, but no visit would be complete without an ascent to the top of what is for now, the World's Tallest Free Standing Structure. The Tower is right downtown, easily accessible via public transit, but there's lots of parking available too if you're driving. There are 2 levels you can access via a high speed glass elevator which runs up the outside of the tower. At the top, there's an observation deck, restaurant, and even a glass floor where you can stand a look alllllll the way down to the street. I knew I was safe inside, but I still couldn't stand on it!!
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The Eiffel Tower of North America!
If you're in Toronto, have some time, and it's a beautiful day, you really should visit this most memorable landmark. I'm pretty sure it would be worth the visit even if not a beautiful day, but I hope that you are as fortunate as I in having a clear, sunny day to enjoy the views afforded you here!
I have a 360 degree view from the CN Tower in a travelogue on this page, so I won't try to duplicate the pictures here. But, I really enjoyed this place and must say that it was one of the highlights of my Toronto visit! There are many interactive displays and movies that tell you of the building and history of the CN Tower. To me, I was most interested in the view which was dramatic in every direction.
There are a couple of options and levels for you to choose. The first and largest is the Lookout Level and you are whisked upward in an elevator moving along the exterior of The Tower from all sides at a speed of about 20 mph. It takes less than a minute to reach the Lookout Level height of 1136 feet or nearly 350 meters and all the while you are seeing the sprawling view below you! There are restaurants, movies, a 360 degreee area for viewing inside as well as a level that is on the outside so you can feel the wind and coolness at this height.
An interior elevator will take you another 100 meters upward to the Sky Pod. Since you've come this far, I would highly recommend that you ascend to this level as it allows you to look more downward and see all around. The cost varies depending upon which level you choose. There are three costs which I believe to be around $23 (Cdn) for the Lookout Level, $27 for the Sky Pod Level, and one additional $32 charge that allows you access to some interactive displays and the cinema.
Even if you are not the commercial tourist type, swallow your pride and visit the CN Tower for a view you will never forget!
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THE landmark in Toronto is the CN Tower. You can see it from virtualy anywhere you are in the city. With it's 553 meters height - it's bigger than most of the surrounding buildings.
Besides admiring the building, you can also go inside - and upwards. There is an observation deck located at 342 meters above the ground. A ticket will cost you 19,99 Canadian dollar. This gives you entrance to the observatory and the glass floor.
Inside the building you can also visit the restaurant for lunch or dinner. Actually tere are 3. There's the 360 restaurant, Horizon's Cafe and market place plaza.
The CN Tower
The CN Tower's claim to fame is that it is the tallest free standing structure in the world. The tower stands a whopping 553m tall (1815 feet) and can be seen from virtually anywhere in the city. It is one of those sights that you just have to visit while in Toronto simply for the fantastic views. However it is expensive at $16.00 for adults. The Lookout Level, 346m high, has a glass floor where you can look down below and think about throwing up. There is also an overpriced restaurants that revolves 360 degrees around the tower. For another $7.00 you can take another elevator up to the Skypod where from 447m you can see for 120 miles on a clear day. To add to all this fun is the fact that the elevators have glass windows to ascend the tower really quickly. All in all a visit is not for the weak hearted.
At the base of the tower are a number of tourist attractions such as an IMAX theatre and flight simulators but I personally I think this is where you run into tourist trap country.
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The Glass Floor
The glass floor of the CN Tower completely freaked me out at first. I practically had to crouch on hands and knees to look through it, but I couldn't go home without saying I had stood on it could I. It took a good 15 minutes of dithering. It is suppose to stand the weight of 6 hippos (OR WAS IT 60) Anyway, it stood my weight.
The CN Tower is the largest freestanding structure in North America...or something like that. It is quite large. Apparently people spend a great deal of money to go up inside. Not exactly something I would be into, but I do like how my picture came out.
View from the CN tower
And this is the view from the CN tower.
I actually wouldn't mind going up there again as I know the city so much better now. This picture was taken during my first visit to Canada in 1997 and I didn't know anything about Toronto at that time, hahaha, except that I had to go up the CN tower of course ;-)
Looking down from the CN tower
When you look down from the CN tower you can see the Skydome (or nowadays called Rogers Centre), the baseball stadium of the Toronto Blue Jays. And I was in luck.... the roof of the Dome was open and a game was in play! Fascinating to see a baseball game from this high.
Hahaha, I couldn't resist.... With the binoculars and zoom on my camera I was able to look a little bit at the baseball game :-)) Oh, how I wished I was in that stadium at that moment!
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a must see for everyone
The world's tallest freestanding structure on land, the CN Tower, is standing at 554.3 meters. The elevator ride in it self is an attraction with the glass windows!
Open from 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM
CN Tower Toronto - Look Out + Glass Floor only
Adult (13-64) $21.49
Senior (65+) $19.49
The CN Tower
The CN Tower is the largest free standing structure in the world. It's not the largest building (that title currently goes to a few buildings in Kuala Lumpur).
The Tower is 1815 ft tall, and an observation deck at 1122 ft, and a sky-pod observation deck at 1465 ft.
"Now I'm finally up this high, so what?"
As you will have already discovered if you've found this tip, there are loads of tips on the CN Tower on VT, and everyone else seemed to absolutely love it, so, for what it's worth, here's a dissenting point of view.
I didn't actively dislike the CN Tower, but I was distinctly underwhelmed by it. So, it was once both the world's highest tower and the world's highest free standing structure - now in the Top 5, depending on the criteria you apply - well, maybe I'm missing the point, but so what?
For me, ascending a high structure is only really of interest if it can be used as a vantage point to give you an unusual perspective on the surroundings. So the Arc de Triomphe, for example, although not extraordinarily high, is worth going to the top of because from there, you see Baron Hausmann's Grand Vision for Paris made real and stretching out at your feet. And therein lies the problem with the CN Tower - in my very personal opinion, there simply isn't very much worth seeing from the top. The landscape is pancake flat and not particularly attractive, the ribbon of development along the shores of Lake Ontario is unremarkable, and precisely because the CN Tower is so high, the high rise developments of the CBD (which are actually quite interesting from another perspective, such as the Toronto Islands), lose their definition and individuality because they're so far below you.
To my mind, the most interesting aspect of the view from the CN Tower is the bird's eye perspective on the neighbouring Rogers Centre - formerly the SkyDome and home to the Toronto Blue Jays. This was the first sports stadium to have a fully retractable motorised roof and is a nifty bit of engineering (I personally thought that it was more interesting than the CN Tower).
Others have waxed lyrical about the many thing that you can do in the CN Tower, including dining at the revolving restaurant, ascending up to the Sky Pod, doing the EdgeWalk and standing on the glass floor. I only did the latter, and can't say that it made a major impression on me, other than making me feel midly queasy as I registered that it was an awfully long way down.
However, most people consider that the CN Tower is worth doing, so if so, I suspect that the view is probably at is best at night when the view of the twinkling CBD lights would probably lend an added cachet. It's also possible that during Fall (a north Americanism of which I heartily approve), the palette of autumnal colours would lend another dimension to the landscape, although I stand to be corrected on this point.
And, for fear of stating the obvious, it's not even worth considering this if the cloud is low, because you won't see a thing. As Toronto weather can be quite changeable, I would suggest that if the CN Tower is on your 'must do' itinerary and the weather is fine, then shelve whatever other plans you had and head up the tower whilst the weather is clement.
In summary, going up the CN Tower - even if you forego the optional extras - is resource intensive on several counts, as it is hellish expensive (over C$20 just to access the lookout and glass floor at the time of writing in September 2011) and would probably also involve a wait in peak season, even if you bought your ticket online due to limitations on the number of visitors that are permitted at any given time. So particularly if you're a budget traveller or have limited time in Toronto, I would suggest that your time and money could be much better spent doing something more worthwhile such as a trip to the Bata Shoe Museum, Royal Ontario Museum or a ferry ride to the Toronto Islands.
One unexpected high point for me was the gift shop by the entrance is large and absolutely excellent. It sells a wide range of high quality souvenirs, and you don't have to pay the entrance fee to visit the gift shop.
CN Tower, 181 Storeys High!!
Well, it is a pricey proposition, but if you do as I did and make an evening out of it, you can take your drinking money and spend it on a trip up the CN Tower and become inebriated by the wonderful views!
We planned our visit to coincide with sunset. We got there just in time and had wonderful views from the Skypod at 1136 feet which is 114 storeys! We also visited the glass floor and outdoor lookout at 113 storeys high.
The ride up to this level cost $18.99. You can also travel up higher to the Sky Pod at 147 storeys high, for an extra $8.
We ate an excellent dinner at the Horizons Cafe and enjoyed a view of Toronto at night.
My chicken entree cost $29
Prime rib will set you back $39
A GLASS of wine is $18
A Glass of water is free
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CN Tower -Glass floor
The CN Tower is currently the tallest building in the world. It is in the heart of downtown Toronto. Even 3o minutes away from the city you can spot this great building. You can see from the top of the tower Detriot and other parts of this great metropolis.
It is defenitely a must see!
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Guess the tower must be the biggest attraction for Toronto - the world's tallest free-standing structure at 553 metres, built in 1976
There are 3 parts to see - the lookout view, glass floor view 113 floors high and the skypod which is another 33 floor levels up above. certainly worth it for the clear views of the city in winter.
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The CN tower
Let me start with these "must see activities" with the biggest tourist attraction (I think) of Toronto : the CN tower! This picture of the tower was taken from inside the Skydome (the baseball stadium of the "Toronto Blue Jays"), which is next to the CN tower.
The CN tower is the world's tallest free-standing structure and was built in 1976. The tower measures 553 metres in height. From its Lookout Level it offers a great view of the city. A fun feature is the glass floor, you can test your courage by taking a walk across the glass floor 113 stories above the ground. Hahaha, I did it! after some hesitation though, hahaha.
From there you can travel even higher up the tower to the Sky Pod another 33 storeys above ground.
There are several packages that visitors can purchase. The Total Tower Experience package includes the Look Out, Glass Floor, Sky Pod, a film, and two rides for $29.99 per person.
Observation Experience packages includes the Look Out, Glass Floor and Skypod for $22.49 (Adult 13-64), $20.49 (Senior 65+), and $17.49 for children (4-12).
The Look Out and Glass Floor package goes for $15.99 (adults), $13.99 (seniors) and $10.99 (children).
You can't miss see the CN tower, because it dominates the skyline of Toronto. It is located in the heart of Downtown Toronto, right in between the SkyDome and the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on Front Street, just north of Bremner Blvd
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