Seeing Toronto from the Top of the CN Tower
When visiting Toronto, make sure to stop of at the CN Tower, the third-tallest tower in the world! This amazing structure offers unparalleled views, exciting experiences, and outstanding food and drink.
History of the CN Tower
The CN Tower was designed as a collaborative project between two companies; Webb Zerafa Menkès Housden Architects and John Andrews Architects. Canadian National Railway, after whom the structure is named, envisioned it as a TV and radio tower that would also demonstrate the power of Canadian industry. Construction began in 1973, and the tower was officially opened on June 26, 1976.
At the time of the CN Tower’s opening, the surrounding area was largely undeveloped, which was expected to dent potential visitor numbers. During the 1980s, however, the area developed rapidly, thanks to prominent building projects like the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, the Rogers Centre (formerly SkyDome), and Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada.
What to See at the CN Tower
The CN Tower is home to an observation area known as the SkyPod, with several decks that offer spectacular panoramic views over Toronto, Lake Ontario, and – on a clear day – Niagara Falls! There’s also a glass floor that can be walked on, with thrilling views of the bustling city below.
For those looking for extra excitement, there’s an opportunity to walk along the outside of the SkyPod; an unforgettable experience called EdgeWalk. You’ll be strapped into a safety harness and gently encouraged to hang over the edge. It’s definitely not for the faint-hearted! Each ticket comes with a free video, photographs, and a certificate of achievement, so you’ll have a wonderful memento of the day to take home with you!
Dining and Refreshments
There’s no better way to enjoy the CN Tower’s views than over a meal at the 360 Restaurant. The multi-award-winning restaurant specialises in fresh local ingredients and modern Canadian cuisine, alongside a panoramic vista that is simply unbeatable. Make sure to book in plenty of time to guarantee a table!
As well as the 360 Restaurant, you can pick up a drink and a bite to eat at one of three VUE Bistros at the observation levels. Service is quick and friendly, allowing you to maximise your time soaking up the views. If you prefer to stick to terra firma, you’ll be able to enjoy a relaxing visit to Le Café, which serves coffee, tea, pizza, salads, sandwiches, and baked specialities.
If you’d like to pick up a souvenir from your visit, there’s a large Tower shop to explore. With over 8,000 square feet of shopping space, you’re certain to find a gift that suits your needs.
How to Get There
The CN Tower is on Front Street in downtown Toronto, between the Rogers Centre and Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The tower can also be approached from the south side on Bremner Boulevard. The closest Subway stop is Union Station, and the tower can be reached by public and tourist buses. There is also parking in the Entertainment District if you wish to drive.
The CN Tower is open every day – apart from Christmas Day – from 9am to 10.30pm.