No attraction is as closely associated with the city of Toronto than the CN Tower. Declared one of the Seven Wonders of the World by the American Society of Civil Engineers in 1995, it stands at 533.3 meters above the city skyline. Built with industry-leading safety standards, the CN Tower offers a variety of unforgettable experiences to both locals and visitors alike. The tower offers several unique photo opportunities, as many of its attractions offer stunning views of the surrounding area. In addition to thrilling experiences and unforgettable views, the CN Tower is also home to one of the city’s premiere dining venues. 360 The Restaurant at the CN Tower is a revolving restaurant that prides itself for encapsulating the Canadian spirit by offering Canadian cuisine using Canadian ingredients. Situated at 351 meters above ground, the 360 The Restaurant at the CN Tower is also home to the world highest wine cellar. With precision climate and humidity controls, the cellar holds 500 wines from Canada and around the world.
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The Lookout level is a great place to begin exploring the CN Tower. This level offers newly installed panoramic window walls, which make the CN tower accessible to people with limited mobility, and offer top-tier technology, which allows visitors to take high quality photographs. The thermochromic film embedded in the glass panels that make up the viewing area permits the glass to change in response to the external temperature of the air surrounding it. As a result, the glass becomes slightly darker or lighter, depending on the climate and the level of sunlight facing the tower. On the same level as the Lookout area, visitors can find the Horizons restaurant as well.
In June 1994, the CN Tower introduced the world’s first glass floor. Visitors are invited to walk, crawl, and even jump on this incredibly strong and durable glass. Comprising 23.8 square meters of solid glass, the floor is said to be able to withstand the weight of 35 moose. It is a whopping five times stronger than what is required for standard commercial floors. After its introduction, many other world attractions started introducing similar features, among them the Chicago Ledge and the Grand Canyon. The experience is a great way to conquer one’s fear of heights as it offers a view 242 meters straight down to the Toronto city streets. Once finished with this heart-pounding experience, visitors can enjoy a stroll along the Outdoor Sky Terrace.
Located 447 meters above the city of Toronto, the CN Tower’s SkyPod offers unparalleled city views. Depending on the visibility, it is possible to see up to 160 km in each direction, meaning that on a nice day one can see as far as New York State and Niagara Falls.
Thrill seekers are highly advised to experience the CN Tower’s EdgeWalk. Led by trained EdgeWalk guides, participants will walk along the 1.5 meter ledge that encircles the tower’s main pod while being attached to a safety rail with a harness. In this manner, they can experience being suspended, as if weightless, over the entire city of Toronto and Lake Ontario. EdgeWalk excursions are planned for a group of six, making it an ideal way to commemorate a special event for groups of friends, colleagues, or family members. While the entire experience takes up an hour and a half, the suspension walk itself lasts 30 minutes. Included in the cost are a certificate of achievement, a video, and photographs.
High Speed Elevators
In under a minute, 58 seconds to be exact, visitors can experience shooting upwards towards the top of the tower in the comfort of a high-speed elevator. The ride moves at a breakneck speed of 22 kilometers, or 15 miles, per hour. For a once in a lifetime experience, visitors are invited to try the CN Tower’s glass-paneled elevators, which are the first of their kind in North America.
Dining Options Nearby
Though the CN tower has two great restaurants that reflect authentic Canadian cuisine, visitors also have an assortment of other local dining options in the area from which they can choose their culinary adventure. The Kit Kat Bar and Grill is a long standing local Italian eatery that specializes in Southern Italian fare. Marben, a restaurant serving British food, delights with their seasonal menu which is constantly evolving to accommodate more fresh and local ingredients.
301 Front Street West Toronto, Ontario M5V 2T6, Phone: 416-868-6937