At the heart of Toronto's skyline stands the CN Tower, a world-class dining and entertainment destination v...
At the heart of Toronto's skyline stands the CN Tower, a world-class dining and entertainment destination visited by over 1.5 million people each year. Here are some exciting facts about one of the most famous landmarks in Toronto and the world.
Standing tall at 553.33 metres, the CN Tower is a Canadian icon. Designated an engineering Wonder of the Modern World, Canada's National Tower joins the ranks of other world famous structures, including the Golden Gate Bridge, the Channel Tunnel and the Empire State Building. It was originally built for telecommunications and still provides clear signals for over 30 TV, radio and cellular systems. The CN Tower was also built to withstand many severe weather conditions including extreme winds and lighting strikes (which occur a striking 75 times per year!).
Offering one of the longest continuous elevator rides on the planet, the CN Tower was named #1 elevator ride in the world by National Geographic. Travelling at a speed of 22 kph it takes 58 seconds to reach the Look-Out Level, which is famous, itself, for its see-through glass floor. You'll experience an adrenaline rush like never before as you look straight down to the ground from 342 metres up in the air. (The glass is only 6 centimetres thick but don't fret, it's specially designed to withstand the weight of 14 hippopotamuses!). On a clear day visitors can to see sights up to 120 km away, including Niagara Falls and Rochester, New York. One stop higher is the Sky Pod Level, which is the Tower's highest observation level at 447 metres.
If you're looking to dine, don't miss out on the ever-popular revolving 360 Restaurant, upscale bistro Horizons Restaurant, or the casual Far Coast Café. Celebrities and dignitaries from around the world visit the Tower's restaurants, where parties from two to two thousand are hosted year-round. The 360 Restaurant is award-winning for its food quality and wine selection and is continually voted one of the most romantic restaurants in the world given the frequent marriage proposals that occur there.
Back on the ground, attractions include a new state-of-the-art, high definition 3D film, The Height of Excellence, which documents the historic construction of the CN Tower. There is also the Himalamazon motion theatre ride, the fun-filled arcade, and for souvenir shoppers, the 10,000 square foot Gift Shop. The CN Tower also has nightly light shows, lighting up the city skyline with coloured lights to match any occasion in the city.
Looking for the best price for your visit? Try the Total Tower Experience, which includes access to the Look Out, Glass Floor, Sky Pod, Film and Motion Theatre Ride for $32.99 plus taxes. Visitors can also purchase the Toronto CityPass, which offers front of the line tickets to six major Toronto Attractions at a savings of approximately 50%! Tickets include the CN Tower, Royal Ontario Museum, Hockey Hall of Fame, Ontario Science Centre, Casa Loma and the Toronto Zoo.
Written by: Erin Ruddy