In our second day in Toronto we visited one of the essential places of the city: the CN Tower. This is the second highest tower of its class in the entire world, (553 meter high) and it has a scenic view at 447 meters high, the Skypod, the highest in the world open to the public.
There’s another scenic view “only” at 346 meters. We can access to both of them from any of the outer elevators of the tower after a short course (you can feel in your ears the same feeling as if you were inside a taking off plane) at 22 km/h speed.
From the scenic views you have a panorama of the entire city, the river and its isles, from a greater height than the skyscrapers that surround the tower in the Financial District.
At the lower level of the scenic view there is a rotary restaurant which lasts 72 minutes completing a 360º turn, so you can see the city with a bird’s-eye view during the lunch or the dinner.
Four meters beneath it, there is another scenic view with outer balcony (you’ll be amazed by the strength of the wind at this height) and a gazed floor stretch that is really scary. Nevertheless it’s very safe and it bears almost 3.000 kg by square meter.
It’s said that in a clear and sunny day from the scenic viewpoints of this tower you can see the steam cloud from Niagara Falls (they are 80 kms away in a straight line), but we couldn’t see them.
The price of the tickets, in 2016, is 28 CAD per adult, including the scenic view, the Skypod and the gazed floor. There are also other touristic packs that include watching a film about the tower.
Curiosities about the tower: it’s designed to bear winds up to 420 km/h, and earthquakes at 8.5º in the Richter scale degrees. It suffers every year about 76 lightning strikes and it has the longest metal stairway in the world, with 1.776 steps, although it’s only for emergencies and so it’s closed to the public.
Some photos from the tower:
And two videos
The first is one walk on the glass floor, 340 meters high and where it looks pretty good the distance to the ground and the feeling of walking “suspended” in the air (Duration: 48 seconds).
The second are the views to the skyscrapers of the financial district of the city and, despite its grandeur, it shows that reach less height than the viewpoint of the tower from where filmed (Duration: 39 seconds).
Opening hours: 10:00am – 10:30pm
Address: 301 Front St. West ( & John St.)
GPS Coordinates: 43.642698, -79.387046
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