In the Spotlight: CN Tower

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Toronto’s most famous landmark is more than just an engineering wonder – it’s also an award-winning dining and entertainment destination. Open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., the CN Tower is truly a sight to behold.

Standing at 553 metres (1,815 feet), the CN Tower is the tallest free-standing structure in the western hemisphere and one of Toronto’s most popular attractions for tourists and locals alike of all ages. Learn more about what to do and see at this iconic downtown hotspot.

A Landmark and Wonder

Take the glass-fronted and glass-floored elevator up to the LookOut level for fantastic views of the city with newly renovated floor-to-ceiling panoramic Window Walls. On clear days, you can see over 160 kilometres and across the lake to Niagara Falls and Rochester, New York.

Wondering what else is in the CN Tower? You can dine at one of the 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 adrenaline with the hands-free EdgeWalk encircling the top of the Tower’s main pod.

High Class Dining

The CN Tower provides two options for market-fresh dining:

360 Restaurant

Looking for a memorable dining experience? The CN Tower’s 360 Restaurant is the place to be. 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. The restaurants boasts an extensive array of wines from Canada and around the world with its innovative “cellar in the sky”, the world’s highest wine cellar.

The recipient of several awards, 360 welcomes groups, parties, associations and is the perfect place to celebrate any occasion. Reservations are recommended and can be made online or by calling 416-362-5411

Le Café

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 and sandwiches, plus freshly brewed coffee, gourmet teas and a tempting variety of baked goods.

VUE Bistros

While taking in the 360 degree panoramic views of the city, there are three new bistros where visitors can snack on Canadian food and beverages. The newly-renovated observation level can also be used for events and host up to 700 guests.

Gravity-Defying Thrills

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!

Entertainment and Shopping

The CN Tower provides many exciting options for entertainment. Snap a picture on one of two Glass Floors. An all new Glass Floor has been installed on the LookOut level, directly above the original (installed in 1994) located one floor below. This new experience provides a dramatic, two-tier vertical view 346 metres (1,136 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 eight 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

  • 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.

How to Get to the CN Tower

  1. By Car from the South or West: Follow the QEW into Toronto, where it turns into the Gardiner Expressway. Exit onto Spadina Avenue North and turn right onto Bremner Boulevard.
  2. By Car from the East: Take Highway 401 into Toronto and exit onto the Don Valley Parkway Southbound. As you approach Downtown, this will turn into the Gardiner Expressway. Exit at Spadina Avenue North and turn right onto Bremner Boulevard.
  3. By the Car from the North: Take Highway 400 into Toronto, exiting onto Highway 401 West. Continue until you reach Highway 427 southbound. Follow Highway 427 to downtown via the QEW/Gardiner Expressway. Exit onto Spadina Avenue North and turn right onto Bremner Boulevard.
  4. Parking: South lot of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and the Impark lot on Navy Wharf.
  5. By TTC: From Union Station walk west along Front Street.
  6. By Union Pearson Express (UP): From Union Station walk west along Front Street.
  7. By GO Transit: From Union Station walk west along Front Street.