It’s impossible to miss Toronto’s colossal CN Tower – at 553 metres high, it dominates the city’s skyline and is the tallest freestanding structure in the Western Hemisphere. And if you think it’s impressive from the outside, just wait till you visit the breathtaking attractions – and the magnificent views they afford – inside.
Since 1976, this iconic structure has served as a telecommunications tower, but today, it’s also a popular tourist attraction, welcoming more than 1.5 million people annually to experience the best views of the city from its sky-high observation deck. And the thrills begin from the ground up. Hop in one of the high-speed glass-fronted lifts (three also boast a glass-panelled floor for an even more intense perspective) for the mind-blowing, less-than-a-minute ride to the 342-metre-high Glass Floor. This 24-square-metre transparent floor provides a bird’s-eye view like no other. For some fresh, high-altitude air, there’s also the Outdoor Sky Terrace on this level. Next, head one level up to LookOut and the Horizons restaurant, so you can have a bite with your beautiful backdrop.
Still not high enough? Hop in another lift from the LookOut level, which whisks you up another 33 storeys to the SkyPod. Here, on a clear day, you can see for 160 kilometres (including great views of Lake Ontario, one of the Great Lakes, and Niagara Falls). For a real shot of adrenaline, take the outside EdgeWalk – at 116 storeys up, this hands-free experience that has you circling the top of the tower’s main pod on a 1.5-metre-wide ledge is not for the faint-hearted.
Be sure to look to the tower at nightfall, as it lights up with a different colour each evening in honour of specific occasions and causes. The CN Tower is open year-round, except Christmas Day. Opening hours for the tower’s attractions are 9am to 10:30pm daily. The closest subway station is Union Station; from there, it’s a short walk along Front Street.