In the Spotlight: CN Tower
Toronto’s most famous landmark is more than just an engineering wonder – it’s also an award-winning dining and entertainment destination. Standing at 553 metres (1,815 feet) the CN Tower held the distinction of being the tallest free-standing structure in the world until the completion of Burj Khalifa in 2010. Today it is one of Toronto’s most popular attractions for tourists and locals alike and on June 26, 2016 it turned 40!
A Landmark and Wonder
Take the glass-fronted and glass-floored elevator up to the LookOut for fantastic views of the city. On clear days you can see over 160 kilometres and across the lake to Niagara Falls and Rochester, New York. Dine at one of the tower’s three restaurants, including the award-winning rotating 360 Restaurant. Walk, sit, stand, lie down or even jump on the Glass Floor (it won’t break). Or test the limits of your nerves with the hands-free EdgeWalk encircling the top of the Tower’s main pod.
High Class Dining
The CN Tower provides not just one, but three options for market-fresh dining.
Featuring spectacular 360-degree views of the city from atop the Tower and an inventive, Canadian-sourced, seasonal menu, 360 is an inspiring gastronomic experience in an unsurpassed setting. 360 boasts an extensive array of wines from Canada, and around the world, from its innovative cellar in the sky.
The recipient of several awards, 360 welcomes groups, parties and associations, and is the perfect place to celebrate any occasion. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 416-362-5411.
Horizons, located on the LookOut Level serves up family-friendly tastes of Toronto neighbourhoods with big flavor and extraordinary views. Horizons is perfect for memorable events and casual dining.
Located at the base of the CN Tower, Le Café caters to a wide array of tastes, providing a delicious range of reasonably priced fresh market fare and beverages ideal for visitors and those on the go. Selections include pizza, salads, sandwiches, plus freshly brewed coffee, gourmet teas and a tempting variety of baked goods.
In 2011, the CN Tower opened EdgeWalk – the first attraction of its kind in North America. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to feel the open air 356 metres (1,168 feet) above Toronto, EdgeWalk is for you.
The world’s highest full circle hands-free walk takes place on a 1.5-metre (5-foot) ledge encircling the top of the CN Tower’s main pod. In groups of six, visitors walk around the pod while attached to an overhead rail by a secure harness. A trained EdgeWalk guide leads the tour, which runs for approximately 1.5 hours (the outside portion lasts approximately half an hour). During the walk, you will have the opportunity to lean back over the city with nothing but open air between you and the ground – an unforgettable photo op to share with your friends once you get back to Earth!
Tickets for EdgeWalk include a keepsake video, printed photos and certificate of achievement. Ticketholders also get access to LookOut, Glass Floor and SkyPod. All this, plus lifelong bragging rights and a truly unforgettable experience!
Shopping and Entertainment
For those without the budget or the stomach for EdgeWalk, the CN Tower provides many more options for entertainment. Snap a picture on the Glass Floor – 256 square feet of solid glass that provides a view 342 metres (1,122 feet) straight down. Afterwards feel the breeze on the Outdoor SkyTerrace, or take the special SkyPod elevator to soar another 33 storeys up for an unobstructed 360 degree bird’s eye view of the city.
Or, take your kids to the CN Tower KidZone, featuring a variety of activities for children 8 and under.
Don’t forget to drop by the Gift Shop on your way out. The 8,000 square-foot store provides one of Toronto’s most unique shopping experiences. Memorabilia such as First Nations arts and crafts, Canadiana, and miniature CN Tower replicas are perfect souvenirs to remember your trip by.
Fun Facts About the CN Tower
Did you know?
- The CN Tower was classified as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers in 1995.
- The Tower took 40 months to build and cost $63 million.
- The 360 Restaurant takes 72 minutes to complete one full revolution.
- The Tower weighs 117,910 metric tonnes, or the equivalent of 16,844 large male elephants.
- The Tower’s intelligent LED light system changes colour depending on occasion or season.
- At 553 metres, the CN Tower is the tallest free-standing structure in the western hemisphere.