Admire the view from Toronto's famous tower
Marking Toronto with its distinctive silhouette, the CN Tower stands at an impressive height of 553 metres above the city. The building cost C$63 million and was opened in 1976 primarily as a telecommunications tower. The reason for its height is that lower TV and radio broadcasting centres were having trouble sending their signals out and so the building was built to resolve this issue.
Within the tower, glass elevators zip up at a rate of 6 metres per second and to reach the top takes less than 1 minute. The lifts have an awesome floor-to-ceiling back window to allow you to see the rate at which they are ascending the building and spy the rapidly vanishing city view. At least one of these lifts has a glass bottom for those fearless enough to look down. CN Tower has 4 observation decks with the most popular being the Glass Floor Level, which has an altitude of 342 metres and is supported by a transparent floor that can withstand 38,555 kilograms. Many visitors have their photo taken lying down looking as if they are magically suspended high in the sky.
Higher above is the Lookout Level at 346 metres and the famous 360 Revolving Restaurant located just one level higher. Choosing to eat at this fine dining restaurant also allows diners to ride the lift for free and appreciate the panoramic views of Toronto's cityscape, Lake Ontario and the surrounding islands. If you're lucky enough to visit the tower on a clear day, chances are you'll be able to see Lake Simcoe to the north and the mist rising from the iconic Niagara Falls in the south.
For those not quite satisfied with the pulse-racing glass floor observatory deck, the Edge Walk is available upon reservation. Like the name suggests, this walk allows visitors to roam around the circumference of the observation pod on a 1.5 metre-wide ledge while monitored in full safety equipment - a thrilling experience for the few who dare. Prefer to stay closer to the group? On the tower's lower levels, you'll find a shopping market with a vast collection of travel souvenirs along with works of art. Also onsite is a fresh market cafe and a cinema screening an interesting 20-minute documentary about the history of the building.