If you´re planning a visit to Toronto, the CN tower must be one of the things that pop to your mind. Standing at 533.33mts, (1,815 feet 5 in), this tower is an indisputable symbol of Canada´s architectural triumph and grandeur. Its impressive aspect defines Toronto´s skyline in such a way that it has become a beloved icon for Torontonians and Canadians in general. For some people, it is an architectural Wonder of the Modern World as well as the most popular tourist destination in Hollywood North.
The CN Tower is not just a very tall building; it is a place for you to enjoy world-class entertainment and international culinary styles while experiencing amazing views that include Wall-to-Ceiling panoramic window walls or the world-famous glass floor, not to mention the impressive glass-fronted elevators with glass floors. If you are an adventure lover, you will surely enjoy the world highest “hand free” external walk: Plus Edge walk. This walk is outside the building, at 356mts, /1168 feet, above the ground around the circumference of the roof! As the saying goes, the sky is the limit and, if you feel like testing your limits, this is the opportunity to be brave and enjoy the thrill of a lifetime.
No wonder CN Tower is such a landmark. Being such a tall building, it is not hard to see and find. It is easily seen from practically any place in town, and it´s close to the waterfront, not far from Toronto´s major highway. More precisely, it´s located on Front Street, between Rogers Centre and the Toronto Convention Centre. Be careful. Although it´s a hard- to- miss landmark of the city, its entrance can be a bit of a problem for people with strollers and those who require wheelchair access. Currently, the only entrance to the CN Tower is the Bremner Boulevard entrance (south side of the CN Tower). Everyone visiting the CN Tower is encouraged to arrive via Bremner Boulevard, for the most convenient access, drop off and parking, especially for visitors with mobility handicaps. Visitors coming via Front Street are usually directed across the outdoor Rod Robbie (John Street) Bridge toward the Bremner entrance.
You can visit the Tower with kids. Admission for them is free if they are under three years of age. Once inside, there is a lot of walking and waiting in line. Strollers for younger kids are acceptable, and parents can take the children everywhere in the building, even to the highest point (Sky Pod) and to the 360 restaurant.
Many people visit the building just to try the CN Tower restaurant, 360. There, you can enjoy not only the spectacular views but also their international dishes and wines. The restaurant is the recipient of several culinary awards and is famous for having in its list more than 550 different wines, both foreign and Canadian in origin.
If your gastronomic urges are a little less formal, you have Horizons. It is more affordablel, but it is much better than just a tourist attraction restaurant. It has an excellent menu that ranges from appetizers to full entries such as quesadillas, panini, salads, chicken and a good selection of beers and wines. For a more economical option, try Marketplace, which features fast foods and snacks. On the Look Out level, there is a kiosk that offers sandwiches, drinks, ice cream and several prepared meals.
A final recommendation? Don´t miss CN Tower and Matrix Locksmith as well when visiting Toronto and, if you´re planning on touring other attractions in the city, consider buying the Toronto City Pass. It gives you admission to other five popular attractions with a nice saving of CA$ 40.
See also Toronto Zoo, the premiere zoo known in Canada.