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A 58-second elevator ride whisks you to the 114th story of the world’s tallest free-standing structure, the 181-story, 1,815.5-ft (553.5-m) communications tower built by Canadian National Railway in 1976. Breathtaking views from the glass-fronted elevator set the stage for even more dizzying sights from the Look Out, where on a clear day you can see as far as the Canada-US border. Visitors with nerves of steel can walk on the Glass Floor for a view 1,122 ft (342 m) straight down. For panoramic views 1,465 ft (447 m) above the ground, take an elevator up 33 more stories to Sky Pod, the world’s highest man-made observatory.
 
  • 301 Front St W

  • 416 868 6937

  • www.cntower.ca

  • Open 9am–10pm Sun–Thu, 9am–10:30pm Fri–Sat; closed Dec 25

  • Adm prices vary between attractions


Building Feats

One of the seven wonders of the modern world, the CN Tower is recognized as an unparalleled feat of 20th-century engineering. It took 40 months, with 1,537 workers toiling around the clock, to build the tower, pouring enough concrete to lay a sidewalk from Toronto to Kingston, 160 miles (260 km) away. A 10-ton Russian Sikorsky helicopter was used to lift the 44 pieces of the 335-ft (102-m) antenna into place.


The Glass Floor

Stop in at Horizons Café on the Look Out level for casual fare and spectacular views. Or reserve a table at the revolving 360 restaurant (416 362 5411) to enjoy fine dining and a view that changes slowly throughout the meal.


Shop for one-of-a-kind souvenirs and authentic Canadiana at the Marketplace.


Test your skills with the multimedia motion-simulation games at Edge Arcade or catch a short film on the tower’s construction at the Maple Leaf Cinema.


At the heart of City Hall’s plaza is the Peace Garden. The roof of the structure within is “damaged,” to symbolize world conflict


Top 10 Views
  1. Toronto Islands

    A ribbon of islands  shelters Toronto’s harbor and provides a car-free retreat just a short ferry ride from downtown. The islands have bike paths, picnic areas, beaches and boardwalk, and an amusement park .

  2. Eaton Centre

    Tourists and locals alike flock here for the hundreds of shops and eateries . The glass vaulted roof is modeled on Milan’s 19th-century Galleria Vittorio Emanuele.

  3. Toronto Music Garden

    The garden’s design, inspired by the music of Baroque composer J. S. Bach, is best seen from above; the swirling pathways and plantings do indeed seem musical.

  4. Financial District

    Soaring towers, such as those of the modernist Toronto-Dominion Centre, signal the heart of Toronto’s – and Canada’s – financial district. The nation’s major banks, insurance companies, and stockbrokers ply their trades as wind-jostled workers hurry along canyon-like streets.

  5. Urban Forest

    One look at Toronto from above and it’s clear it’s a green city: stately canopy trees line streets and snake along ravines.

  6. Roy Thomson Hall

    The space-age design of this music hall, in the core of the theater district, features a distinctive glass canopy .

  7. Union Station

    A relic from the days when passenger rail was Canada’s primary mode of transportation, this station has lost none of its grandeur since it opened in 1927, still serving as an impressive gateway to the city .

  8. City Hall

    When opened in 1965, the building, with its two curving towers, was controversial in conservative Toronto; it has since become a much-loved icon of the city’s modern architecture .

  9. Fort York

    Founded in 1793 and the site of the 1813 Battle of York, in which the fort was destroyed and then rebuilt, Fort York has Canada’s best collection of buildings from the War of 1812 era. Eight original structures stand on this triangular piece of land, among them blockhouses, barracks, and officers’ quarters. Many of the other buildings were torn down in the 1950s .

  10. Niagara Falls

    If the weather cooperates, it’s possible to see the mists rising above Niagara Falls, 80 miles (130 km) to the southeast. The gentle curve of land along the shores of Lake Ontario reveals why the region, which extends from Toronto to Niagara, is known as the Golden Horseshoe.

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