The CN Tower is Toronto’s most iconic landmark. Standing 553 meters in height, it was the tallest structure in the world from 1976-2010. Despite losing its title, the CN Tower still remains an engineering marvel and popular tourist attraction that captivates millions of visitors each year. As a portion of the Toronto CityPass, it has never been more convenient and affordable to visit the city’s top sight.
The CN Tower Experience
Your journey begins with a quick elevator ride that scales over 1,000 feet in a little under one minute. Furthermore, these lifts have glass fronts which give a little taste of what views you can expect from the top. Upon the completion of your elevator ride, you’ll have the opportunity to explore two floors. The main level is a typical observation area with large windows. The lower section is called the Outdoor Sky Terrance which features a cage-like atmosphere that allows guest to experience the breeze from 1,000 feet above the ground.
In addition to hosting a 360-degree view of Toronto, the main observation area features some awesome glass floors. For those who aren’t afraid of heights, this is a great opportunity to pretend you’re standing on top of Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada. These panels are 2.5″ thick so there’s no reason to worry about safety.
You can’t write a blog post about the CN Tower without talking about some of the amazing views! My favourite is looking out over the west end of Toronto. The airport, boats, train tracks and Gardiner Expressway paint a nice picture of Canada’s largest city. You can also get awesome views of the Financial District and Toronto Islands by walking a complete loop of the CN Tower. Mere pictures cannot do justice to the views you’ll experience!
Up to this point, I’ve only addressed the basic CN Tower experience. There are a bunch of additions that go beyond what the typical package offers. You can learn more about them at the tower’s official web page.
- Edge Walk: a seasonal attraction that allows you to hang off the CN Tower via a trolley and harness system.
- Sky Pod: go above and beyond the normal viewing area to 1,500 feet where you can see up to 160km away.
- 360 Restaurant: what’s better than the views at 1,100 feet, possibly the food! It’s highly recommended that you make a reservation and this can easily be done online.
The Most Important Question?
How do I get a good picture of the CN Tower? You have to be reasonably far away to get higher quality photographs. I highly recommend visiting the Toronto Islands. In my opinion, there is no better place to take pictures of the CN Tower and Toronto’s skyline. Here are a couple examples of the photographs you can take there:
If you’re visiting Toronto, the CN Tower is something you cannot afford to miss! It’s a fun experience with amazing views that you’ll remember for a lifetime. I highly recommend buying the Toronto CityPass. It will save you a lot of time and money if you’re planning on visiting Toronto’s most popular attractions. For more things to do, be sure to check out my Toronto City Guide!