CN Tower

The CN Tower, built in 1976, stands 553m high. It was the tallest free-standing structure in the world until 2010. It’s the crown jewel in Toronto’s skyline and an icon of Canada.

CN Tower in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

CN Tower

CN Tower in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

CN Tower

The tower features two observation decks and a restaurant. It’s open daily except December 25, from 9am to 10:30pm. As of September 2016, adult admission to the LookOut observation deck, Outdoor SkyTerrace, and Glass Floor is CAD$33 if purchased online, with the SkyPod costing an additional CAD$12. VIP access (no waiting) costs CAD$89 for all ages. Those who are more daring can try the EdgeWalk, walking around the edge of the roof secured only by a lanyard.

CN Tower entrance in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

CN Tower entrance

I bought my tickets online to save time and for the small discount, but it didn’t matter. I don’t mind waiting in line, but 90 minutes just to get to the elevators and another 20 minutes from there really tested my patience. At least I got to take a look at every item in the gift shop while standing in line.

Gift shop at the CN Tower in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Gift shop

We finally got to the elevator, which launched us up to the LookOut level in just 58 seconds. At 113 stories, the view was incredible and the wait didn’t seem so agonizing, although it was a little crowded.

View from the LookOut at the CN Tower in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

View from the LookOut

View from the LookOut at the CN Tower in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

View from the LookOut

Down one level is the Outdoor SkyTerrace. Even though Canada’s largest city was several stories below my feet, I could only hear and feel the wind up there.

Outdoor SkyTerrace at the CN Tower in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Outdoor SkyTerrace

Outdoor SkyTerrace at the CN Tower in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Outdoor SkyTerrace

The Outdoor SkyTerrace also featured the Glass Floor, where you can stand and look at the street literally below your feet. The panels are 2 ½” thick and are replaced annually.

Glass Floor at the CN Tower in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Glass Floor

Glass Floor at the CN Tower in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Glass Floor

The LookOut and Outdoor SkyTerrace were great, but the SkyPod was even better. We had to take another elevator up to 147 stories. I can’t describe what it felt to be in a man-made structure that high off the ground. I also enjoyed the fact that it was less crowded than the regular observation deck.

View from the SkyPod at the CN Tower in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

View from the SkyPod

View from the SkyPod at the CN Tower in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

View from the SkyPod

View from the SkyPod at the CN Tower in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

View from the SkyPod

On a clear day, it’s said that a visitor can see 160km (100 miles) in any direction. That’s all the way to Niagara Falls! It wasn’t very clear for my visit, but it didn’t matter.

View from the SkyPod at the CN Tower in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

View from the SkyPod

View from the SkyPod at the CN Tower in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

View from the SkyPod

View from the SkyPod at the CN Tower in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

View from the SkyPod

The Rogers Centre is just below the CN Tower. It’s a huge stadium with a retractable roof and was formerly known as the SkyDome. It hosts the Toronto Blue Jays baseball team and the Toronto Argonauts Canadian football team. The Rogers Centre, which opened in 1989, can seat around 50,000 depending on the event.

Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Rogers Centre

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