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The CN Tower, located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, is the world's tallest freestanding structure on land, standing 553.33 meters (1,815 ft 5 in) tall. It is considered the signature icon of the city, attracting more than two million international visitors annually. Guinness World Records has listed the CN Tower as the world's tallest building since its completion in 1976. From a technical perspective, however, it is not considered a building by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, which ranks tall buildings. CN originally referred to Canadian National, the railway company that built the tower. Following the railway's decision to divest non-core freight railway assets, prior to the company's privatization in 1995, the CN Tower was transferred to the Canada Lands Company (CLC), a federal Crown corporation responsible for real estate development. Since local residents wished to retain the name CN Tower, the abbreviation is now said to expand to Canada's National Tower rather than the original Canadian National Tower; however, neither of these is commonly used.

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      06.10.2011 17:12
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      A trip not to miss and reasonably priced

      If you are thinking of going to Toronto one sight that is a must to visit is the CN Tower.
      It is near Downtown Toronto. You do not need a map to find it as just look skyward and you will see it. It is between the Skydome and the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. You may have to walk around the Convention Centre though as we have just come back from a visit and they were building a new aquarium there.
      Like a lot of towers you can pay to go up to to top of this one.
      Because there are many sections to the tower there are different prices all according to what you want to do and see.
      The cost of the whole package is around £20 which for what you do and see this is a real bargain.

      Observation plus about £18, Observation around £17 and around £7 for the rest each.
      The tower was the Worlds tallest building until they built one in Dubai. It is 1,815 feet high. There are 6 lifts. Mostly these are manned so you dont go in them on your own. The speed of these lifts is 20 feet a second. The whole tower took 3 years 4 months to build.

      Look out
      From here you look out and you are well above the skyscappers and can see not only a wonderful panoramic view but when it is a clear day you will see the mist from Niagra Falls.
      Walk all the way round this area and the view is amazing. We watched a long train which took 10 minutes to go under a bridge so you can tell how long it was. You can also watch the planes taking off from the city airport and also see all the islands.
      You can film and take photographs till your hearts content from this area.

      Glass Floor
      You have to be brave to stand on this and yes I did! Here you stand on the glass which is built to take the weight of 4 hippos. You then look down right down 1,122 feet to the ground! A really amazing thing to do.

      Sky Pod
      This is even higher than the glass floor. You go up in the lift well it is another 33 stories up. The Sky pod is 1,463 feet above ground. If you wanted to walk up, and a man did pogo stick up the steps,there are a couple of steps under 2,000
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      Restaurant
      This is very reasonably priced cheaper than the ticket and you do get a superb meal. There is a lot of fish on the menu and fruit such as watermelon. We had steak and it was cooked to perfection. The only moan was that the day we went we stayed in the same place all the time with the same view although it was a wonderful view but never revolved.

      Movie
      They show the Ultimate Wave Tahiti 3D which when you enter you are given 3D glasses but asked to return them at the end.
      We sat there and I must admit I thought that it would be 3D with added affects like you thought you felt the water and so I sat there waiting for it but it never came. The movie lasted 30 minutes. The first 10 were interesting but there is only so much I can take of watching people surf so after 30 minutes was pleased like many to leave!

      Motion Theatre Ride

      This is a ride with special effects like feeling the wind etc or basically like I thought the movie would be a bit like but we never got to see this as before you go in they ask you questions like do you suffer from headaches, backache or high blood pressure which my husband does so we could not go in. It is good though that they check on this.

      Shop
      The shop is great with litterally everything with Toronto, Canada or CN Tower on that you can think of but not tacky goods. Everything was well made and reasonably priced. We bought some great hoodies and T shirts and a clock on a model of the CN Tower which we are thrilled with.

      Some other facts
      Glass floors thickness is 2 1/2" layers from the top down with 3/16" replaced annually. The glass panels are 42" x 50" and it is tested annually.
      It is in the Guiness book of records for dropping an egg from top to bottom unbroken!

      If you ever have the chance to go to Toronto this tower is a must you will not only enjoy it but have an experience of a lifetime.

      Thank you for reading

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        16.08.2011 16:48
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        Must visit attraction in Toronto

        The CN (Canadian National) Tower is without a doubt the star of Toronto's impressive skyline. It towers over some of the smaller yet still impressive buildings around it and makes it one of the most eye catching and unique skylines in the world. No visit to Toronto should pass without a trip up the CN Tower, that's for sure.

        Standing at over 533 metres the CN Tower has gained and lost various accolades. When it was built, it was the tallest tower in the world and the tallest free standing structure in the world. It lost both of those titles after thirty odd year when other buildings took over, however it is still the tallest free standing structure in the western hemisphere and is still unbelievably tall when you look up at it and, if possible, even taller when you look down from somewhere near the top.

        You journey up the tower should, without a doubt, start with some pictures from the base where more often than not you'll find the top covered in clouds so that it looks almost impossibly large with the top of it vanishing into nothingness. From here it is clear to see why it was named one of the seven wonders of the modern world in 1995, it truly is breathtaking.

        That is only the beginning though. In the basement is the ticket desk, where you have a number of options. The cheapest ticket ($23 for adults and $15 for children) will gain you entry to the main deck which is 346 metres high. The next ticket ($29 for adults and $22 for children) gets you to the skypod, which is over 446 metres high and is the second highest public observation deck in the world. I would strongly recommend that you pay the extra and go all the way up because the views, especially on a clear day, are absolutely breathtaking and not to be missed. There is another ticket you can buy, which is $65 per person and allows you access to both decks as well as the pretty gimmicky movie and simulator rides. More importantly it gives you the chance to go straight to the front of the queues, ideal if you only have a short time in the city. To be honest, I never found the queues to be too bad and I visited the tower about five times.

        So once you have bought your ticket, you are whisked up by elevator (there are stairs in case it breaks down, but you are probably just better hoping that it doesn't break down!) to the main deck. On the way, the friendly lift attendant gives you a brief history of the building and some interesting facts about the height and so on. It is worth listening to although you'll undoubtedly be distracted by the popping of your ears! The lifts are glass fronted as well so you can see out as you are going up. If that's not your thing you can hide out somewhere near the back so you don't have to see just how fast or high you are going.

        Once you get the main deck, you'll be instantly awed because it is surrounded by huge glass windows and you can literally see for miles, in fact on a clear day you can see over Lake Ontario into America. The star of the show here on the main deck though is the glass floor. Apparently it is the strongest bit of the whole tower and can hold the weight of nine hippopotamuses (I'm not sure quite how they managed to prove that, I have images of great hippos walking single file up the steps to the top now!), but that doesn't make it any less scary. There are always children with no qualms in the middle of the glass jumping up and down gleefully, whilst the more safety aware amongst are gathered round the edges looking precariously over the side. It sounds stupid, but it really does show you just how high up you are - the cars and buildings far down below look absolutely tiny.

        The next stop, if you have paid the extra, is the sky pod. This is a lot smaller than the main deck and you have to queue again to get up there because they only allow a certain number of people up at a time, but it is so worth it. The sides of the sky pod are floor to ceiling glass so you can see all around you and it is amazing.

        There is also a restaurant at the top of the CN Tower called the 360 Restaurant. It's a revolving restaurant that takes around an hour to do a complete circle. It isn't cheap here (expect to pay upwards of $100 per person for a three course meal with drinks, which is comparatively expensive), but the food is excellent and the experience is obviously fabulous. The entry fee to the tower is waived if you are dining in the restaurant and there is a dedicated lift with no queues, which is another bonus. If the budget stretches that far, I'd strongly recommend a meal in the 360 Degree restaurant, because it is like nothing else and you'll have fun when you come out of the bathroom trying to work out where your table has gone!
        So if you are in Toronto, you should definitely head to the CN Tower, it is reasonably priced for such a fabulous experience, in my opinion.

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          12.05.2011 23:34
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          A great attraction

          As soon as I had decided to go to Toronto, I began looking up things to do and see while I was there. Visiting the CN Tower was on the very top of my list!

          == History ==
          The CN Tower actually stands for Canada's National Tower, after the railway company who built it, which was something I didn't know until I actually visited this amazing attraction. When the tower was completed in 1976, it became the world's tallest freestanding building at a massive 553.3 metres (1,815 ft) tall and it kept this title for 34 years. The tower was originally used as a communications and observation tower. As well as holding a title for the largest freestanding building, the CN Tower also holds other records such as world's highest glass floor and world's highest and largest revolving restaurant.

          == Location and contact information ==
          301 Front St W
          Toronto, ON,
          M5V 2T6,
          Canada

          Tel: (416) 868-6937

          == Opening times ==
          During the summer, the CN Tower is open for admission from 9am until 10pm (Friday and Saturday is until 10:30pm). The information desk opens 30 minutes before the official opening time although you will not be able to enter any other area than this before 9am. The last showings of films are at 9pm while the Himalamazon motion theatre ride is open until 9:30pm.

          If you are wanting to have a meal in the 360 restaurant, these are the opening/ serving times:
          Lunch 11:00am - 2:00pm
          Dinner (Sunday-Thursday) 4:30pm - 10:00pm
          Dinner (Friday & Saturday) 4:30pm - 10:30pm

          == Prices ==
          Remember, you have to also add on taxes to these prices.

          Total Tower Experience
          Look Out + Glass Floor + Skypod + Movie + Motion Theater Ride
          All Ages $34.99

          Observation Plus Experience
          Look Out + Glass Floor + Choice of Sky Pod, Film or Motion Theatre Ride
          Adult (13-64) $28.99
          Senior (65+) $24.99
          Children (4-12) $21.99

          Observation Experience
          Look Out + Glass Floor
          Adult (13-64) $22.99
          Senior (65+) $20.99
          Children (4-12) $14.99

          À la carte
          Movie (Ultimate Wave Tahiti 3D) - $10.00
          Motion Theater Ride - $10.00
          Skypod (added to any combo) - $10.00

          == My experience ==
          As crazy as this may sound, I have actually been to the CN Tower three times. I went once on my first visit to Toronto, once when my Dad came with me on holiday and again with my friends when I lived in Toronto for the year. Really, this is the kind of attraction that you only need to go to once as there isn't really that much to do after you have seen everything once.

          After buying your tickets, you head over to an elevator which will take you to the top of the tower. As I went here with a Canadian friend the first time, he did warn me that the elevator was unlike others I would probably have been in before due to the speed but I wasn't prepared at all for how fast it was. The elevator reaches speeds of 15mph and because of this, it is more than likely that your ears will pop on the way up. The first stop on the trip around the tower is the Observation Deck. The views from here really were amazing although a little scary to see just how high up you really are. My friend who took me works a couple of blocks from the tower and from this height, we could see his workplace very clearly which was a little bit strange. As well as being able to see for miles, the Observation Deck is home to the famous glass floor. There were a lot of kids on the floor at the time of my visit and I was a little reluctant to even go on it (which a lot of people refuse to do) but I ended up not having much choice as I was picked up and put on it anyway! The views looking down are a little bit disorienting due to the height and thickness of the glass but I was really glad I looked down...eventually. Around this deck is lots of information about the tower such as its history, interesting facts and specification about the tower and the glass floor.

          If you are feeling particularly brave, this floor has an outside observation area which is covered by wiring etc. The views are even more breathtaking from here but be warned, go on a windy day and it gets pretty cold up there! Even though you are roughly 140 stories high at this point, it is not the top.

          If you want, you can go up another 30 or so stories to the SkyPod. From here, you are 1465 feet high which was extremely scary for me. I am not the best with heights so the CN Tower probably wasn't the best tourist attraction for me but I was determined to do everything possible. This area is really small compared to the lower observation deck but the wait to get up there is definitely worth it. From here, you can see an amazing view of Niagara Falls which is roughly 80 miles away. For me, even though it made me nervous, this was the best part of this visit and definitely worth paying for. If you are going to see a building like this, you might as well go right to the very top and make the most of your experience.

          == The Restaurant ==
          During my first visit to the tower, my friend wanted to make sure I got the full experience so he took me for a meal in the 360 revolving restaurant. I will probably never experience anything as amazing as this again when it comes to eating out. The restaurant has different menus for different times of the day but there was an amazing choice and I had quite a hard time deciding on what I wanted as everything sounded fantastic. Due to the size of the menus, I cant go over everything that is available so here are a few examples of what you could choose:

          BAY OF FUNDY MAPLE WOOD SMOKED ATLANTIC SALMON
          Yukon gold potato, dill crème fraîche, honey Dijon vinaigrette $21

          CHILLED RUSSIAN BORSCHT WITH SMOKED RAINBOW TROUT
          Sour cream and fresh dill $17

          PAN ROASTED LAKE HURON PICKEREL
          WITH RAISINS, ALMONDS AND HONEY
          Ancient grains, fresh lime, mizuna salad $38

          GRILLED TOFU AND PORTOBELLO MUSHROOMS WITH ANCIENT GRAINS
          Raisins, almonds, honey and lime, mizuna salad $35

          A SELECTION OF CHOCOLATE AND TRUFFLES
          White, milk and dark $15

          BUTTERSCOTCH BUDINO WITH STEWED RHUBARB
          Vanilla crème fraîche, almond macaroons $10

          As you can see, this isn't a cheap place to eat but it is most definitely worth shelling out for. While relaxing and enjoying your meal, the restaurant slowly revolves 360 degrees, giving you a view of the whole city from every angle. I loved noticing different parts of the city as the restaurant went round and this is not a view you can get from anywhere else in the tower.

          == Gift Shop ==
          I know it is quite cheesy to buy things from tourist attractions but I couldn't help myself. The gift shop is very large and has something to offer everyone. The gift shop not only offers items relating to the tower itself but also Canadian themed merchandise. The usual items such as key rings, postcards and t shirts are available to buy as well as soft toys covered in the Canadian flag. I didn't buy anything for myself but I did buy my mum a gift. A 3D puzzle of the tower which was around $40 at the time. As much as she loves puzzles, I knew she was going to get frustrated with this but I was determined to make her finish it and she loved it in the end!

          == Overall ==
          The CN Tower isn't the most exciting attraction that Toronto has to offer but it is one of the most spectacular. No where else can you get views of the city or an experience like standing that high up on a glass floor. I loved my visits, all three times, but I would definitely recommend setting a little extra aside to eat in the amazing restaurant.

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            03.04.2011 23:28
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            top of toronto

            The CN Tower (Canadian National) is a major Toronto landmark and one of the most iconic if perhaps not the most iconic building in Canada.

            Built as a television tower in 1975, it is the second tallest free-standing structure in the world at 553m, and quickly gained enormous popularity as an attraction in its own right.
            Although the tower as a whole is 553m metres high, the main observation platform and restaurant are located at 346m metres and the so-called Sky-pod 100 metres.

            The adult entrance ticket to the tower costs normally xx CAD. We visited as a part of our City Pass that allows for an entrance to five different attractions over 9 days and costs around 60 CAD for adults (the SkyPod is not included in the pass, but on the day of our visit it was closed anyway due to high winds).

            The base of the tower contains a shop, some catering establishments and the entrance to the tower elevators. We had to wait at least 10 minutes on a fairly dull but not rainy Sunday and I can imagine in the high season on a sunny day this might be much longer.

            The ride up is quick and fairly interesting, with the glass panels in the lift allowing the visitors to see out and up through the roof of the lift. The main viewing area is indoors, with large, panoramic glass windows affording excellent views over Toronto. You are high enough to see really far (60 km on a good day) but close enough to be able to pick individual buildings.

            The view of the Toronto Islands is also excellent, although the best views towards the lake are from the restaurant that takes up a section of the circle. We had a coffee and cake or juice and sorbet for kids) there and although expensive, it was good fun (and decent enough if not mind-blowing cakes).

            The Glass Floor is another gimmick, an area of grubby thick glass, It takes quite an effort for an adult to walk on the glass, and to look down is vertigo-inducing, but also almost magically exhilarating. I can imagine that when the floor first opened and was yet unscratched, the experience of walking on air mush have been pretty amazing, as it is it's still good.

            Is this all worth the entrance price? This of course depends on your budget. I would say that if you had to choose between let's say the tower and the ROM (Royal Ontario Museum) or, if you have children, Ontario Science Centre, then go for the museums every time. On the other hand, the views are really great and the Glass Floor is a memorable if gimmicky addition that somehow makes it more worthwhile.
            The CN Tower (Canadian National) is a major Toronto landmark and one of the most iconic if perhaps not the most iconic building in Canada.

            Built as a television tower in 1975, it is the second tallest free-standing structure in the world at 553m, and quickly gained enormous popularity as an attraction in its own right.
            Although the tower as a whole is 553m metres high, the main observation platform and restaurant are located at 346m metres and the so-called Sky-pod 100 metres.

            The adult entrance ticket to the tower costs normally xx CAD. We visited as a part of our City Pass that allows for an entrance to five different attractions over 9 days and costs around 60 CAD for adults (the SkyPod is not included in the pass, but on the day of our visit it was closed anyway due to high winds).

            The base of the tower contains a shop, some catering establishments and the entrance to the tower elevators. We had to wait at least 10 minutes on a fairly dull but not rainy Sunday and I can imagine in the high season on a sunny day this might be much longer.

            The ride up is quick and fairly interesting, with the glass panels in the lift allowing the visitors to see out and up through the roof of the lift. The main viewing area is indoors, with large, panoramic glass windows affording excellent views over Toronto. You are high enough to see really far (60 km on a good day) but close enough to be able to pick individual buildings.

            The view of the Toronto Islands is also excellent, although the best views towards the lake are from the restaurant that takes up a section of the circle. We had a coffee and cake or juice and sorbet for kids) there and although expensive, it was good fun (and decent enough if not mind-blowing cakes).

            The Glass Floor is another gimmick, an area of grubby thick glass, It takes quite an effort for an adult to walk on the glass, and to look down is vertigo-inducing, but also almost magically exhilarating. I can imagine that when the floor first opened and was yet unscratched, the experience of walking on air mush have been pretty amazing, as it is it's still good.

            Is this all worth the entrance price? This of course depends on your budget. I would say that if you had to choose between let's say the tower and the ROM (Royal Ontario Museum) or, if you have children, Ontario Science Centre, then go for the museums every time. On the other hand, the views are really great and the Glass Floor is a memorable if gimmicky addition that somehow makes it more worthwhile.

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              Toronto - metropolitan Canada at its best.

              I've travelled to Toronto for many years to visit family and the CN Tower is always at the top of my list of things to do when I get there. When you leave Union station take a right turn and keep looking up and you will see the impressive structure looming over the City.

              From the bottom, it doesnt look as though it is particularly high, but trust me, when you are hurtling to the top of the 114 story tower in the glass elevator, you soon realise how high you really are! Your ears may even pop!

              The sight of the City from the top is breathtaking. Toronto is a great City and the buildings and landscape is amazing and you dont really appreciate it full from the ground. Its unbeleivable how quiet it is up there.

              If you can stomach it, please take a walk over the glass floor or even lie down if you are brave enough. Its quite and experience and very funny to watch others gingerly set foot on it. It is super strength glass so dont worry and go for it.

              The revolving restaurant is also an excellent experience and so romantic. Can be a little expensive though, but I suppose that can be expected.
              If heights aren't your thing I would recommend taking a boat trip out to Toronto islands where you can see the skyline in its full glory and really appreciate how amazing the tower is.

              I would highly recommend a visit to this City.

              Opening hours:
              Sunday to Thursday - 9am to 10pm
              Friday and Saturday - 9am to 10:30am

              Prices:
              If you're on a budget the cheapest option in the lookout and glass floor which is $21.49 CAD.
              The lookout, glass floor and sky pod (recommended) is $25.99
              the full package of lookout, glass floor, skypod, information movie and and simulator ride is $31.99

              Concessions are available on all of the above.

              Sightseeing tours that incorporate the boat trip to the islands are available from the main road just outside the CN Tower however if you take a trip down to the harbour you can purchase a cruise from around $18.

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                A modern marvel !!

                Having lived in Buffalo NY for just over 3 years and with Buffalo being less than 2 hours drive to Toronto, I recently found myself surprised that I hadn't actually been up the CN Tower. With my Mum visiting from the UK and with a trip to Toronto planned I deemed it a perfect time to do so, so we made the drive to Toronto and after first visiting the Toronto Zoo we made our way across town ( about a half hour drive ) and parked a few blocks from the Tower.

                The first thing that hits you is depending on where you're walking because Toronto has many buildings you can't always see the tower from street level, however when you can it strikes you as to just how impressive a feat of engineering the tower is. The tower has lost its position in recent years as the "Worlds Tallest Building" ( in fact there has been some controversy over the years as to whether its even a building, and has more recently been in the "Worlds tallest tower" classification, and now that has been surpassed by the Burj Dubai tower in Dubai ).

                After our trip to the Toronto Zoo we had purchased the Toronto "Citypass" which covers 4 more attractions, the Zoo, the CN Tower, Casa Loma, Royal Ontario Museum and the Ontario Science Centre, one important note for people considering the pass, we made the mistake of thinking we could do 3 of the attractions in one day, however apart from the Zoo and the CN Tower, the other attractions mostly close at 5pm and if you don't plan your day accordingly and only can do two of the attractions the citypass is a waste of money !

                Upon arrival in the lobby we handed our tickets from the Citypass to the attendant who informed us that along with a visit up the tower to the observation deck ( with the glass floor ) you also get admission to a movie about the Tower or the "Himalamazon" ride ( which is a simulator ride that is more for kids than adults ).

                After entering the elevator which shoots you up 1,136 feet at a rate of 20 feet per second, quite the experience and your ears will almost certainly pop, when you get out you can freely roam around the observation pod where you can even walk outside ( safely surrounded of course ) and there is a glass floor that you can walk upon and is the only thing between you and the pavement over 1100 feet down, something which is quite disorientating but provides an amazing experience and an amazing photo opportunity.

                The view from the pod is incredible, and depending on if your day is clear or not you will not only be able to see all across the city of Toronto, but also the mist rising from Niagara falls 70 miles away, make sure you take plenty of pictures as it will certainly provide some once in a lifetime pictures for the photo album.

                Once you enter the elevator it will descend you just as quickly as you ascended and you'll be able to enjoy the rest of the amazing city of Toronto.

                The CN tower may not be the biggest or the best anymore but its still an amazing technical wonder and an incredible feat of engineering, if you visit Toronto, you'd be a fool to not spend an hour or so checking out one of the 7 modern wonders of the world !!

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                  Toronto's ridiculously high tower

                  Our recent trip to Canada started and ended in Toronto, and with just over a day to kill before the flight brought us back to good old Blighty, there were a couple of things we really wanted to do. One of these was to travel up to the top of what was once the world's tallest free standing structure, the CN Tower.

                  To be honest, the Tower, which sits a few blocks away from the shoreline of Lake Ontario, is not the most accessible place if you approach it from the north. You arrive with too many stairs and bridges to negotiate, and if you don't enter the building at the right point, you can get lost.

                  However, once you do get inside, it's quite simple. You join the queue to buy the tickets, and go to the top of the tower. The queue was huge, but as there are limited ticket tariffs, it went down quite quickly. There are a few options. You can go to the SkyPod, which is the pod near the top, or you can pay a bit extra and go right to the very top and get a motion theatre ride. We just went to the Skypod, which cost $21.99 for an adult, and our 5 year old son, Will, got in for $14.99. On top of this, you have to allow for taxes, which are NOT included in the price of anything you see in this area of Canada, something which continually caught us off guard.

                  When you get in to the lift, it feels quite normal, not much room, and then it starts. Shooting up at 15mph, you're at the Skypod in next to no time. It's 140 stories or so high, and your ears pop halfway up. It's quite weird. Emerging out onto the circular pod, it's like being in a big room that curves round the central tower. It's all indoors, but there are revolving doors through which you can emerge onto a completely enclosed walkway, with metal grilling protecting (and preventing) you from going over the edge.

                  There is a restaurant in the Pod, which is very reasonable priced, although we didn't eat there. There are numerous vending machines, subtlely positioned, and the whole thing seems quite well maintained, with a modern feel all around. There is a glass floor which can supposedly take the weight of 15 or so hippos, and it's quite spectacular to stand on it and look down, through your feet, seeing the ground all that way below you.

                  But it's the views out of the huge windows all around the pod that are worth the experience. The views are breathtaking, and we were lucky to get them on a clear day. Toronto Island looks fab from up top, and the high rise buildings of Toronto look tiny in comparison to where you are standing. We could see the cast expanse of Toronto, and you really get a feel for how big the place is, with the beautiful lake complementing it nicely on the other side.

                  We spent a good hour or so at the top, just walking round, taking photos and admiring the view. We went up with a couple of friends, and while we were up there, we spoke to another couple who were down by the waterfront. We managed to work out where they were, and one of them ran around like an idiot so we could spot them. It was surreal!

                  Coming back down was very similar to going up. Ears went, and it was very quick. We all enjoyed it immensely, and managed to resist the temptation to buy loads of things from the inevitable gift shop that the lift brings you out into. We had a great experience visiting the CN Tower. next time we go, we may even have lunch up there. Highly recommended!

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                    The CN Tower...

                    So this next review is about my experience in the CN tower, when I visited Toronto Canada. I had visited a number of big attraction sights in Toronto, but this was one of the one's that a enjoyed extremely. It was fun, exciting, bold and out of this world, it was a plus that I wasn't afraid of heights, so for anyone who does suffer from vertigo, it might be a challenge to visit this place. I had been to Toronto once before, however I was only 8 and thus didn't have the chance to visit the CNN tower only views it from outside. I promised myself that I would come back one day to visit this attraction, only took me over a decade to come back, but it was highly worth the wait.

                    Information and the CN Tower:
                    The CN tower started its construction in 1975, once the construction was complete it stood at a mammoth 1,815.4 ft) tall, making it the tallest free standing building in the world, until in 2007, when the still under construction Burj Dubai exceeded its record.
                    The construction and planning of the tower took many years to do; it created over 15,000 jobs in construction, sanitation, and cleanup, helping to create a net profit for the economy. It was seen as Toronto's big building, something all the world could come and admire, to overlook, and somewhere were tourists could come and enjoy the views of the breathtaking Niagara Falls, which isn't too far from their. The original plan was not to include a sky deck, but rater make it a simple tower, however architects and city officials felt creating a observation deck would make the building more appealing, and it could also become away of generating revenue to help cover the cost's of the original construction, which took all but three years to complete.
                    With over two million tourists and locals visiting the tower every year, this iconic tower has become one that many cities have tried to emulate such as Dubai, Las Vegas, and even London, it you think of the Millennium eye concept.
                    You would be right in asking why the tower has a huge antenna at the top, after the observation deck. The answer is simple, the area around were the building is located needed a television signal within the area, for both television and radio signals, and thus even today it is used for this purpose. However, no am airway signals are picked up by this antenna, only pm signals, which are transmitted from the main antenna.

                    There are two visitor areas: the main deck level (formerly known as Skypod) located at 346 meters (1,135 ft), and the higher Sky Pod (formerly known as "Space Deck") at 446.5 meters (1,465 ft).
                    Building statistics:

                    Height
                    Antenna/Spire 553.33 m (1,815.4 ft)
                    Roof 457.2 m (1,500.0 ft)
                    Top floor 446.5 m (1,464.9 ft)
                    Technical details
                    Floor count 147 (equivalent)
                    Elevator count 6



                    Ok, so enough about the history of the CN tower, and more information about my experience whilst I was in the Tower. I will explain what I personally did, however I will also provide some other relevant information, which I feel could be useful for people who might visit the tower in the near distant future.

                    Now there are many different packages you could by for your tour, and I guess it depends on the individual on what package they want, however I wanted to do the whole shebang, I wanted to experience all that could be experienced, and thus I opted for the Total Tower Experience, which set me back $32.99 Canadian Dollars. With this price you get to do the following; Look Out + Glass Floor + Skypod + Movie + Motion Theatre Ride (Must be 107 centimetres (42 inches) to ride)
                    Includes Express Elevation.

                    It's the best package that you could go for, because it allows you to experience everything the tower has to offer, this price is exclusive for both children and adults, but it's not a bad price. It will allow you the access to the express elevator that takes you to the observation deck, you get to experience the look out area, the experience of the Glass Floor, the actual Skypod experience, and you get to see and movie, and have a chance to experience a motion theatre ride, which is amazing. All these will be explained in detail.

                    Other packages include; (All in Canadian Dollars)

                    Observation Sky Pod Experience
                    Look Out + Glass Floor + Skypod
                    Adult (13-64) $26.99
                    Senior (65+) $24.99
                    Children (4-12) $20.99

                    Observation Experience
                    Look Out + Glass Floor
                    Adult (13-64) $21.99
                    Senior (65+) $19.99
                    Children (4-12) $14.99

                    Attractions Experience
                    Look Out + Glass Floor + Motion Theatre Ride or Movie
                    Adult (13-64) $26.99
                    Senior (65+) $24.99
                    Children (4-12) $20.99
                    Ok so you can either buy your ticket when you get their, or you can pre book online, which I found to be more convenient as it saves you having to queue up. The 'Concourse' level is the main level were all the tourists' start their journey, the area is filled with lots of commercial zones, offering maps to Toronto, pictures, t-shirts and so much more. It's a place to spend a little bit of extra cash, perhaps pick up a few gifts for people back home.


                    You find yourself making your way from the concourse to one of the six central elevators that take you to the observation deck, this is when you really start to get the feel of vertigo, I mean I'm not scared of heights, but the sheer psychological factor of me being thousand of feet up can be daunting, especially when your going into a lift, all these crazy thoughts start to hit the back of your mind, what it the evaluator gets stuck half way up, or what if the elevator has a fault, and we go crashing all the way down. Sorry if this is putting you off, but until you are there you wont no. Anyway, as we made our way into the elevator, the tour guide makes his way inside the elevator alongside us. The elevator doors close and we begin out climb the first thing the guide tells you is maybe you should start chewing some gum, the sheer height can like most places block your ears and this can be very annoying, so I did just that. As the decent begins, we are given a brief explanation about the history of the tower, how it was built, and the way the elevators were built, how long it too, how much it cost and so on.

                    Travelling at 15mph in less than a minute, we climb 142 stories and reach the first observation tower, its amazing just how quick we get their, I expected it to take a few minutes, but under one minute really does tell you how quick it is. The elevator doors open and the journey begins, the first observation deck consists of a glass floor, which many people have refused to cross. I had done a bit of research and I wanted to try the glass floor, which they have said is the biggest fear factor moment.

                    The 2 and a half inch thickened glass, which can withstand 14 large hippos, is approximately 256 square feet long, with a view 1,122' straight down to the Toronto City. This for me was one of the most death defying heart thumping moments of my life, thus far. Your looking over a thousand feet below you, and the only thing holding you from gravity is a 2 and a half inch thick glass. At this moment I turned on my camcorder and started filming, suddenly my camera flick to the other side of the deck, were I see 3 small children jumping up and down on the glass. I was in a state of shock I felt comfortable with people standing on the deck, but I wasn't prepared for children jumping up and down, up and down, up and down as if nothing could happen. However, I soon forgot about it and decided to do the unthinkable, I laid face first flat on the glass with my face facing downward, and it was the best feeling of my life. It was as if I was flying, I was in mid gravity, I felt like superman, but without the cape.

                    Along this floor is also a outdoor observation deck, which once again takes some courage to look out of. It has some of the most breathtaking views I have ever seen, it really gives you the whole picture of Toronto, everything from the beautiful county parks, to the Niagara Falls and the local baseball stadium. We went on a particularly windy day, and we could feel the breeze just gushing through us, it's like being on a rollercoaster, a thousand feet in the air. The sudden feeling of vertigo just abandons you. You soon see the busy city, with its thousands of cars, the busy congestion traffic, the car and bus horns, it soon gives you a feeling that I am glad I am all the way up here, it's peaceful and quiet.




                    Once you have finished with the first leg of your tour, you soon find yourself climbing a small flight of stairs which eventually take you to the second floor of the observation deck, which is unlike the first floor, this floor doesn't have the clear floor or the outside observation deck, but rather a more calmer way of seeing the sights. You are in the comfort, and it once again gives you the chance to view the city from a great height. You soon see yourself glazed towards the Niagara Falls; the tourist boat that takes you to the falls can be seen from the top making its way closer and closer to the waterfall. The experience of visiting the observation tower is like nothing I have done before, I have been to the Seers Tower in Chicago, and I can honestly say this eclipsed it with an ease. This tour and the observation deck was far more exciting, far more heart tromping, jaw breaking and death defying.

                    On the second floor you also have another first; the world's first 360 degree rotating restaurant is also located on this section of the tour. The name pretty much says it the entire restaurant rotates once every 71.39 minutes, giving its customers a breathtaking experience, whilst eating their food, many building have tried to copy this concept, but having been in this restaurant I can honestly say it's amazing. The 360 experience allows you to enjoy some of the finest cuisine in Toronto, whilst also sitting down, and taking an in depth looks at the city. The 360 restaurant has a vast menu, which is also actually very reasonable in terms of price, quality and quantity. Some of the dishes the restaurant had to offer whilst I visited the attraction were;

                    360 Caesar Salad
                    Hearts of romaine, pancetta, vinaigrette and Parmesan cheese $14

                    Brian Fanning's Smoked Atlantic Salmon
                    Extra virgin olive oil, caper berries and 360 pumpernickel bread $21

                    Bruschetta Three Ways $17
                    Black and green olive "Olivada"
                    Artichoke tapenade, basil pesto
                    Roasted eggplant, capers, rosemary oil


                    Slow Roasted, Aged,
                    Canadian AAA Prime Rib of Beef
                    Baked potato, summer vegetables and natural jus
                    10oz $ 43 16oz $55

                    Crispy Eggplant "Parmesan"
                    with Buffalo Mozzarella
                    Piquillo peppers, beefsteak tomatoes, grilled asparagus, cherry tomato jus $35

                    The menu can go on and on forever, however these were some of the most popular dishes, or so I was told by the local waiter their. The food is brilliant, I opted for the Prime Rib of Beef, which set me back about $55 for 10oz, but I and a friend shared, so it was cheaper. It was cooked with perfection, it wasn't to raw, whilst at the same time it has some of the juice and taste of the beef, accompanied with some sage, black pepper, small baby potatoes and a rich gravy source, it simply was heaven at 1000 ft.
                    The service in the restaurant was amazing to, for the price you pay you get one hell of a five start service, the staff are exceptionally polite, warming and welcoming, they help you decide what you want, they even tell you when its time for the restaurant to rotate, so at least your ready for the experience.

                    Along with the 360 rotating you have the Far Coast Café, which offers tea, coffee, pastries, sandwiches and so on. It's also a nice warming place, but I recommend that if you have the time you should check out the rotating restaurant, it's a far more pleasant and exciting experience.

                    The journey doesn't end their, you can take another elevator, which will climb another 33 stories to the top of the Tower. You reach The World's highest man-made observatory, The Skypod. This is were you get an even more heart thumping vertigo experience, it's another 33 feet up and 1,465 feet till to the bottom. The pod is relatively small, probably fitting less than 5 people, but it once again gives you the chance to see the exciting views the CN tower has to offer. For me this was the pinnacle of jaw dropping, I mean you can be on a plane and be so high up which amazing, or you is can be In the worlds tallest building, but the CN tower, had the height factor and far more importantly the location factor. It's located right next to all the main attractions of Toronto. It's the best place to see a Birdseye view of Niagara Falls; if you look closely you can even see the mist coming from the waterfall.
                    That's not all, the attraction also offers a video film, which adds a bit of drama and excitement into the tour, it's called Himalamazon.
                    It is the near future and in this motion theatre ride mankind faces environmental disaster through years of over- harvesting the forests. But scientists have developed a "Super-Tree" that quickly generates desperately needed wood and life-giving oxygen. Super-Trees are grown in a simulated "super world" called "Himalamazon", where a uniquely developed combination of the attributes of the Himalayas and the Amazon has been created. Experience the thrill of this motion theatre ride, complete with special effects - feel the wind and water as you join one of these Super-Trees on it's journey from seed to harvest ... it is a spectacular ride as a Super-Tree careens down ravines and through caves to the harvesting plant.
                    Overall a great attraction, which is worth every penny, it's got a breathtaking view, a quality restaurant service and it's just an all round great way of seeing the city from a great height. If you have not had the chance to visit this attraction, the next time you are in those necks of the woods I would recommend visiting it.

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                      2 million other people survived it so head on up

                      Today is Canada Day and in honour of Canada's birthday I thought I would write a review about the CN Tower (Canadian National is what CN stands for) which is the defining feature of the Toronto skyline. Set next to Lake Ontario the CN Tower is an iconic Canadian image and a building for the record books. Finished in 1975 the CN Tower is the World's Tallest Free Standing Structure at just over 553 metres. According to its website (http://www.cntower.ca/) the CN Tower also holds the following records:

                      * World's highest public observation gallery
                      * Sky Pod at 447 m (1,465 ft.)
                      * World's highest bar - Horizons at 346 metres (1,136 ft.)
                      * World's longest metal staircase - 2,579 steps
                      * World's highest glass floor - 342 metres (1,122 ft.)
                      * World's highest and largest revolving restaurant - 351 metres (1151 ft.)
                      * World's highest 'wine cellar' - 351 metres (1151 ft.)
                      I am scared of heights. My husband gets vertigo (more about this later), but you still must visit!

                      Enough with facts and figures, feel free to browse the website for those, the point of a review is to capture what a visit is really like. I grew up across the lake from Toronto and so have visited the tower several times. It has changed over the years with many renovations and extensions (particularly of the gift shop!). Open every day of the year but Christmas the hours for visiting do change based on the season. Summer is the most popular month for visitors to the CN Tower and so it opens at 9am. I am fairly certain that it was 10am when we were there in December. There are a variety of packages depending on the amount of time you want to spend at the tower. The basic visit to the Lookout and Glass floor is $26.99 for adults and $14.99 for children. I would really suggest that you get most of the CN Tower experience just from that. However, there are also options that include the Skypod and/or a Motion Theatre Ride (which changes). The CN Tower is also included in the Toronto CityPass which is a brilliant option if you're spending a couple of days in Toronto as it includes the Toronto Zoo and Ontario Science Centre both of which are awesome if you have children.

                      The CN Tower experience really varies depending on the time of year you visit. I remember a visit in August 2001 that involved about a 45 min queue to get into the lift. However, going on a random week day in December 2008 meant that we waited about 5 min. The ground level foyer of the CN Tower is light and airy with decent air conditioning if I remember correctly. The staff are all bilingual in case you want to try out your French and were very helpful, of course in December they were happy to see people and may be slightly grumpier at the height of summer, I don't know. As you head to the lift there are displays about the building of the tower and comparing it to other impressive structures of great height around the world. We looked at them quickly (and took a typical "Godzilla-esque" photo of my husband and the model tower) but were keen to get to the top.

                      An odd security addition since my last visit is a doorway that blows air at you. I have no idea why it does this but there it is. Security has definitely been topped up at the CN Tower since I was a kid!

                      Now for the first hurdle for those of us with height issues. The lift is glassed in providing an amazing view out across Lake Ontario. If at all possible, those with height issues must get to the back of the lift as it is ever so comforting to have one hand on the metal rail. The little guide person who controls the lift talks to you about the structure and the speed of the lift (which is very impressive) and before you know it, you're back onto a firm, non-clear piece of flooring.

                      The Look Out provides spectacular views across Toronto which is a sprawling city, as well as of Toronto Island and across Lake Ontario. On a clear day you can see across the lake. You have the option of doing all of the viewing from inside the building. The wall is about three feet high before it becomes window which limits the amount of vertigo you will feel! In December we were actually unable to go outside due to the ridiculously cold temperatures and high winds that week. Despite these high winds the building did not feel like it was swaying (though it does sway slightly)! We got fabulous photos through the glass so weren't too disappointed at having to stay inside where it is nice warm. In summer months it is well worth heading outside which is entirely screened in.

                      So the evil glass floor. I miss the days when there was no glass floor (it was put in in 1994), but I know most people love it! When we were there in December there was in fact a Christmas Tree on the glass floor providing a festive air to people's photos. My husband and I came down the stairs to the level with the glass floor, turned the corner, caught site of the floor out of the corner of our eyes and both reeled slightly. Luckily the CN Tower does have lots of wall, railings, etc to grab onto! I've managed to get a photo of me on the floor by sitting down and scooting backwards until onto it. Not an elegant manoeuvre. My youngest brother has been jumping up and down on it since it opened. So I'll leave you to decide which approach you would take!!

                      At the "top" of the tower there is a gift shop and displays about various records and stunts that have involved the tower over the years in case you get bored of the view. The 360 restaurant is very popular but quite pricey. It's worth booking ahead, particularly if you want an evening meal. It takes 72 minutes for the restaurant to revolve the entire 360 degrees so don't rush through your food! Every year there is a charity race that involves running up the stairs of the tower. Ugh. I think I'll stick to the scary glass lift! There are also other events that are regularly updated on the website. Do be prepared for a little staff person to take your group's photo and offer to let you purchase the result with various backings. They aren't overly pushy (Canadians just can't manage that!) so have a quick look, smile and walk away if not interested.

                      I love the CN Tower and though it's not the cheapest activity in town it really is worth a visit. Two million people visit every year and no one has ever cracked the glass floor or managed to fall to their death. It is safe, informative and provides an amazing perspective on Toronto. I would generally recommend a daytime visit for first timers as you get a feel for the layout of the city and can spot other landmarks. Also the shadow of the tower over the city makes for a great photo. Visiting in the evening (closes at 11pm during the summer months) is a completely different experience as the tower is lit up in various colours these days and the city is all lit up.

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                        Amazing views and fabulous food.

                        The CN Tower, in Toronto, Canada, is the second highest free-standing structure on land in all the world (surpassed only by the Burj Dubai). At 1815.39 feet tall, it is a commanding part of the downtown Toronto skyline, and a must for any visitor to the city.

                        I was lucky enough to eat in the 360 Restaurant, located at 1151.6 feet. The menu is varied, offering a fixed price meal (appetiser, main and dessert for $58 or $65) and a varied lunch and dinner menu. A standard three course lunch meal will cost you at least $75 dollars during the week, the food is good and the service brilliant. Add to that the amazing views of Toronto that you get as you eat, and all in all it's a bargain. The restaurant has won many awards including Most Romantic Restaurant, Best Restaurant with a View and numerous Best Wine awards.

                        Having purchased a meal at the restaurant, you are then entitled to visit the observation deck and glass floor for free. This is a must, because as beautiful as the views are from the restaurant, nothing beats standing on a glass floor and looking down, or being out in the open air and feeling on top of the world! Of course, photos of your feet on the glass floor are a must!

                        If you decide not to eat at the restaurant, and just wish to visit the observation deck and glass floor, it will cost you at least $21.99. There are other tickets that will allow you access to the skypod, and a movie, and a motion theatre ride, and this will cost you $32.99.

                        For anyone visiting Toronto (at least those who do not have a fear of heights), a visit to the CN Tower should certainly be at the top of the list.

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                          One thing you should experience when in Toronto!

                          We visited Toronto last year and as we were told that any visit wasn't complete without a trip up the CN Tower, we decided to venture up it (that is all of us apart from my mother who is terrified not only of heights, but also of lifts - so she waited for us at the bottom!).

                          There were several choices of tickets and as we had travelled over 3000 miles to get there we decided to go for the Observation Deck /Glass Floor plus the 'Skypod' option which was around $25 per person.

                          You get straight into the lift which is super fast and takes you to the Glass Floor and outdoor Observation Deck. The Glass Floor is quite simply a glass floor (toughened thick glass) that you can stand on and see straight through to the ground below!!! As someone who does suffer from a bit of vertigo I was terrified of standing on this and even more scared when a guy placed his young baby on the glass floor and took a picture! It just feels all wrong to be able to see through the solid platform you are standing on so high up!

                          The view from the Observation Deck is fantastic and you can see all the city behind the tower and ahead over the city airport, the islands and Lake Ontario. You can then take some steps up further to the cafe and indoor Observation Deck. But the most breathtaking is even higher up at the Skypod level, where I really felt my knees go!! Apparently this is the world's highest public observation deck! As you would expect everything down below looks far smaller from up there!

                          The most fantastic thing about the tower is 360 - the tower's restaurant, which basically revolves around once per hour so you can sit and eat a fine dining meal and see the whole view from the tower without moving! What an amazing place for a marriage proposal or special date!

                          Overall, it is true that going up the CN tower is 'must-do' when in Toronto, unless you are totally incompatible with it like my mother!

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                            The best Tourist Attraction I've ever visited.

                            'Attention! If anyone is more than a little bit scared of heights - please move along, there's nothing but knuckle-stiffening, mind-melting fear to be had here.'

                            That, I believe, is what the signs on the front of the CN Tower lifts should say. Glass floored and walled I ask you - are they trying to find uses for their defibrillators?!

                            The Tower, at various points since it's construction in 1976, the World's Tallest building, World's Tallest Free Standing Structure, and now World's Tallest Tower (ask Guinness World Records, it's very confusing) - stands a whopping 553.33m high, on the shore of Lake Ontario in Toronto. To compare that to our feeble British buildings - On Canada Square (Canary Wharf) is the UK's tallest at a rather sensible 235.1m.

                            Drawing over 2 million visitors annually, it is Toronto's biggest tourist attraction, and has added a number of concessions and features at it's base to supplement the main point of visiting. Being an Acrophobe myself (a complete sissy on a stepladder), I relished the challenge of paying to scare myself witless, with the justification that it's the tallest thing I can go up, the view would be spiffing, and I may never get to do it again. My first visit was as a washed up ex-student in 1999, but I returned earlier this year to share my terror with my partner.

                            Ok - History - pay attention at the back. Built in 1976 by Canadian National, the Railways company to showcase Canadian Industry, the Tower was designed to show off Engineering skills in the Great White North (it's pretty tall up there eh?), and as a Telecommunications Hub. The plethora of 40-60 storey skyscrapers that appeared in the Toronto downtown made TV and Radio signals hard to pass through the area - and so an Antenna was conceived for the top of a Tower to enable clearer transmissions. It pokes up a hundred or more metres above the observation deck and has the usual blinking lights to stop aircraft landing on it. In 1985 the Tower was transferred to the Canada Lands Company (CLC), a state owned organisation, to preserve it for use as a National Attraction.

                            Right - the fun stuff. Located on Front Street (well, a large lump of grass in front of the Gardiner Expressway), the Tower adjoins the Rogers Centre (formerly Skydome), and is linked to downtown via the PATH network of above and subterranean shopping passageways (it gets very cold in the Winter).
                            Outside the Tower you will find the ticket booth, with a bewildering array of ticket options. Simply visiting the Observation Deck will set you back $21.99 (plus Sales Tax of erm less than 10%), which although seems rather British in its cost, is good value when you consider it's the ultimate thing to go up, the busiest attraction in town, and that there's plenty to do up there.
                            There are also 'Experiences' available - including a motion theatre and a movie, and also, for the silliest of you, the Skypod, a small observation floor a further 120 metres above the Observation Deck, at a spine-melting 447m high.

                            So - choose your ticket and go through the entrance and up the ramp, along which are video screens and pictures showing the Tower's construction, and into the atrium. The open floor below comprises a few gift shops (plenty of tat mixed in with some quality First Nations (Native Canadian Inuit/Eskimo) products, and an eatery. The gallery contains an 8ft mock up of the Tower to have pics taken next to, and more panels showing other Towers and buildings around the world competing for altitude.

                            Next comes security - a notable addition between my 2 trips. After a quick frisk I stepped into a Particle Disintegrator (ok, an explosives search portal), and had gusts of air blown at me. If you worked hard on a hairstyle than prepare to need your brush again.

                            Around the corner and a very evil attendant with a nice voice will ask you if you want to ride the elevator with the Glass Floor - failing to mention the 5 elevators with sensible unglassed floors.
                            Step into the elevator, and about a fifth of the floor area is thick glass, and all the walls are similarly glazed on all 6 elevators.

                            It's difficult to describe the terror really. Gently up in darkness as the lift climbs out of its concrete well - and then Bam! You're doing 15mph (much faster than normal lifts) and the view of the ground is shrinking rapidly as you pelt upwards. The Distance covered is 120 floors in 58 seconds, and any adult without jellied knees by the end is fibbing! As the skyscraper roofs become visible in Downtown and you think you're surely there, it just keeps on going. Your ears pop, you wish your mummy were there to hold your hand and you grimace at the 4 year old bouncing around as they point out cars that look like ants.

                            Finally, you reach the Observation Deck and you stagger from the lift into a large, blissfully carpeted area. I suggest you visit the Horizons Café for an overpriced pint to regather your wits first. Then - stroll around the glass windows, goggling at the stupendous views that take in the entire city (The Metropolitan area is substantially larger than London), and across the side of the Lake to Missisauga and Hamilton. On a clear day you can see Rochester, NY, over 100 miles away, although you'll have more luck up on the Skydeck via the lifts on the Observation Deck for that. To one side is the City Airport, which sits on one of the small Islands in the Lakeshore area, and the other is Downtown, with acres of dark glazed skyscrapers.

                            There are the usual 'insert money for use' Binoculars, and plates on stands showing you what you can see, as well as a door out to the External Viewing area. Yes - brave the wind and the vertigo to walk around the caged exterior of the tower. I set one foot out and found I'd lost all Motor Skills.

                            The main attraction of the Observation Deck is the Glass Floor - an area the size of a garage floor that is glazed over to reveal the park below, and the tiny Baseball players in the Rogers Dome on match days. Adults stand at the edge saying 'go on, darling, you go and I'll follow', whilst kids jump, leap and roll around on the floor, oblivious to the abject terror of their parents. Each floor panel is weight tested to something like 6 Hippos, although when I asked how they got a Hippo in the lift I was eye rolled by the attendant and the other visitors. (They must have been Americans...).

                            Other features of the Tower include the 360 restaurant, a swish revolving eatery that is strictly booking only, and very expensive, and some secret, hidden conference facilities. The website has booking options, nerdy information and other things to pass the time whilst deciding if you're brave enough to visit.

                            Upon return to the elevators - you will feel a prolonged period of slow falling as you hurtle earthwards, and walk gingerly back outside to stare up at the Tower. Don't be afraid to gibber or mumble, most of the other visitors do, and it's a handy way to see who's been up and who is yet to.

                            As an additional woo! To your trip, visit at night, the view is completely transformed. Also - on various days and for various events the Tower has different coloured lights (Canada Day on July 1st is an example), and most nights, the lights up the lift shafts are sequenced to rush up the side in a rainbow, which is rather nice to look at.

                            It's a once in a lifetime experience. Actually I've done it twice now, so that's a big fib. Go - you will never forget it.

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                              Absorb the views of Toronto

                              If you are lucky enough to visit Toronto then you must go to CN Tower. CN Tower is not just an icon but it plays a very important part as a telecommunications hub of Toronto. It stands tall at 553.33m and by no surprise hoards of tourists choose to visit the tower every year, around 2 million tourists to be precise. The tower was built in 1976 by Canadian National, thus the name CN. It was made with the intention that it would be the worlds tallest tower. CN Tower is situated at the heart of the entertainment disrict and is very easily accessible by the tube and by car, which is how we got there. We actually chose to go there late evening as there would not be so many tourists at that time and we could enjoy being there more, minus the bustling crowds and long queues.

                              There are 4 lookout levels but not surprisingly everyone wants to get to the highest point, the Sky Pod which is the worlds highest observation desk at a mind boggling 447 m, in order to get the best view, a 360 degree view of the city. In the journey to the top of the tower you come across the Glass Floor and Outdoor Observation Deck. Looking below from the Glass floor does make you a bit wobbly and makes you feel a bit paranoid that you may slip through the glass and fall, obviously that would not happen but that is how you feel especially if you are scared of heights, like me! At 346 m you find the Horizons Café and the Indoor Observation Deck. The cafe sells refeshments and snacks. At 351 m is the award winning restaurant, aptly named 360 Restaurant, which gives guests a 360 degree of the city by rotating once every 72 minutes allowing you a complete and unobstructed view of the city below. Althougth the day that we went there the restaurant was closed. If you would prefer to take the stairs to the top then you will not be disappointed because there are endless flights if stairs! We much rather prefered to take the bullet fast lift up to the top.

                              After you have done all the observing you can also go back down to the base of the Tower for arcade games, motion simulator rides and to see the To The Top movie. Also there is a gift shop, my favourite part, which is lacated a ground level, here you can find miniature CN Towers for you to buy as souveniers and other gifts. On the way up to the top you can also have a digital picture taken of yourself and whoever you are visiting with which you can collect after you have been to the top and finished your visit. The picture is of you standing alongside the CN Tower. Quite a nice momento for you to take home.

                              A very memorable experience and one that is highly reccommended, after all if you have been to Toronto and have not been to the CN Tower then where have you been!!!

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                                If you asked most people to name an attraction in Toronto then the CN Tower would probably come top of the list. It is an icon of the city and a massive tourist attraction. So is it worth all the hype?

                                HISTORY:

                                The CN Tower or Canadian National Tower is described as the 'Canadian Wonder of the World' and with good reason. The Tower was built in 1976 by Canadian National and was originally designed to be used for transmitting TV and radio signals. It was never intended to be a tourist attraction but what did they really expect? It is still used for its intended purpose but is also now a huge tourist attraction. Over 2 million people a year visit it.

                                FACTOIDS (!):

                                The Tower is the World's tallest building (well if you count the antenae which many don't!). If you're being fussy, I suppose its the tallest structure.

                                It is 553.33 metres or 1815ft and 5 inches tall.

                                At 342 metres or 1,122 ft there is a glass floor.

                                The SkyPod is the World's highest observation deck and is 447 metres or 1465 ft fromt he ground.

                                The top of the Tower, the antenae, was added by a helicopter bringing it into place.

                                That's enough factoids, you get the point that that this thing is extremely high!

                                LOCATION:

                                The only place that you can't see the Tower staring at you is when you're actually up the thing! Just look up in Toronto and there it is. It is actually located downtown on Front Street. It is next door to the Rogers Centre, or Skydome. We walked everywhere but if you are using public transport the Tower is about 5 minutes from Union Station using the Skywalk.

                                COST:

                                Here's where the shock came. I knew it was going to be expensive and the guide book did inform me that the 'Tower's main aim is to take your money' but it still came as a shock. There are lots of different packages available.

                                1. Total Tower Experience:

                                Look Out + Glass Floor + Skypod + Movie + Motion Simulator Ride

                                All Ages $31.99

                                2. Observation Experience:

                                Look Out + Glass Floor + Skypod:

                                Adult (13-64) $25.99
                                Senior (65+) $23.99
                                Children (4-12) $19.99

                                Look Out + Glass Floor only:

                                Adult (13-64) $21.49
                                Senior (65+) $19.49
                                Children (4-12) $14.49

                                3. Attractions Experience:

                                Look Out + Glass Floor + Motion Simulator Ride or Movie

                                Adult (13-64) $25.99
                                Senior (65+) $23.99
                                Children (4-12) $19.99

                                4. Individual Prices:

                                All ages:
                                Movie: $9
                                Motion simulator ride: $9
                                Skypod: $8.41

                                These prices don't include tax which adds around 13%. As you can see its not a cheap family attraction. I chose the Obsevation Experience. Make sure you plan ahead and don't add on extras when you get there as this is much more expensive. The Tower is also included in the Toronto CityPass but as we didn't want to see any of the other things included we didn't bother with this. I would certainly recommend the CityPass if you're in Toronto for a few days though.

                                THE EXPERIENCE:

                                I knew before leaving the UK that I definately wanted to go up the Tower. My boyfriend was not so convinced. He is petrified of heights and spent the first day in Toronto wondering whether he could face the dizzying heights of the Tower. His mind was made up when he found out that the lift goes up the outside of the Tower and has windows. Looking at me as if I was clearly insane for wanting to go up he muttered something about the Hockey Hall of Fame being close by and fled!

                                So I paid my money for the Observation Experience. The queue at the ticket counter was fairly short with only a couple of people ahead of me. I was then directed to another queue (you will see a pattern develop here) to wait to have my picture taken. This now seems to be a theme of most big tourist sights (we noticed this everywhere in North America). You stand against a green background while someone yells 'SMILE'. This would have been fine but as I was on my own it all seemed a little pointless.

                                I then proceeded to.....another queue. This time it was for security. Fair enough. The security consisted of what looked like airport scanners blowing air at you. How this picked anything up I don't know but it all looked very high tech! I then walked around the top of the shop where you can look down at all the souveniers they will try to trap you with later! Then another queue to get into the lift. The lift held about 12 people. There are 6 lifts so the queue did move. I did feel slightly like a sardine in the lift, they are quite small for the amount of people they put in them. It wasn't so bad though as you're only in the lift for 58 seconds (yes exactly 58). Now that distance in 58 seconds is quick (15 miles per hour) and it made my legs go a little jelly like. The fact that you can see out while the lift shoots up the outside of the building. The lifts did feel a little outdated and they rattled a little so again if you have a fear of heights then think carefully before handing over your money!

                                So now I'm at the Look Out level. On this level there are toilets, water fountains, a shop and the Horizons Cafe There are also huge windows where you can admire the view. I have to say that I was bowled over by the view and I went up on a hazy day so it must be absolutely fantastic when its really clear. I could see all of Toronto laid out below me and loved spotting things which we had been to see. Apparently on a clear day you can see Niagara Falls but I don't know how often this happens. If you're in Toronto for a few days make sure you watch the local forcast to get the best day to go. A less hazy day may mean longer queues but I think that the difference in the views would be spectacular. There is also a photo area where they will take your picture against a screen and make it look like you are hanging onto the side of the Tower and other hillarious (!) things. This was not open, however, which I was surprised at as it was heaving and in the middle of summer. To my mind its only another way to make money out of you!

                                Having wandered around here for a while I made my way down the stairs to the glass floor area. Here you can stand on a reinforced glass floor and look at the ground below. They told us that this floor had been tested to withstand the weight of 6 hippos. Well, I'm not a hippo expert, but considering the amount of people clambering to get a space on the floor, that didn't seem that much to me!! Nevertheless, seeing all the kids jumping on it and thinking well if they can do it, I stood on the floor. Definately not one for the feint hearted! I did think it was in bad taste to have a big X marked on the ground directly below the glass floor but I don't think that this was intentional!! On the same level was the outside observation area. Although it was good to have this, to say I'd been outside at that height, it wasn't very good for the view as the mesh was very dense and made it difficult to see anything. Also on this floor were information boards telling you about the Tower, with pictures. This was interesting and I liked reading all the facts.

                                Making my way back up the stairs to the Look Out level I prepared to travel to the Sky Pod. Guess what, there was another queue! I waited for around 20 minutes. They did have ropes for the queue but they weren't nearly long enough for the amount of people so the Look Out was crowded with people just waiting to get up to the SkyPod. There weren't any staff to tell us where we should be queuing to cause the least inconvenience. I finally got the the lift, another sardine experience! This lift was slower and went inside the building so it wasn't so leg wobbling.

                                Coming out on this level there is a huge board over the lift telling you all about the SkyPod and how it is the highest observation level in the world. This level is the little bulge you see on the tower just before the white antenae begins. You then walk up one flight of stairs and out onto a deck. Again the views are fantastic, even better than the lower level. The windows here go right to floor level so you see in front and below at the same time which was great. This level was much smaller than the other one but did't feel that crowded considering the queue to get up there. I managed to find a quiet space to take a picture of myself up there (the pitfall of going up by myself - to look like an idiot!!). Then another badly organised queue, down the stairs to take the lift back down to the Look Out level.

                                To leave the Tower you need to go to the Glass Floor level. There were two queues available to join to get back down the Tower. Lovely. This queue was the longest of all the queues and took about half an hour. When you reach the bottom you have to walk through the shop to leave, surprise surprise! The shop was filled with the usual tourist bits and pieces, to do with the Tower and Canada in general. There were T-shirst, posters, postcards, magnets, model CN Towers and much much more. Needless to say this was all fairly pricey and most of it could be bought in other shops for a lot less money. You can also pick up the photo that they took of you right at the beginning (again for an astronomical price - I think around $20-25). As I was on my own in the picture I wasn't thinking about buying it anyway but at that price there was no way I would have bought it. The trouble is that they print all of them rather than having them on a computer so you are paying for all the photos that people don't want as well. This seems like a huge waste of paper and time to me.

                                Other things to do at the Tower include a simulator, a movie and a restaurant that revolves. I gave these a miss as they had taken enough of my money already! The movie is 15 minutes about the construction of the Tower. The simulator ride is Lego Racers, what this has to do with the Tower I have no idea but I expect its a good bet if you have children. The 360 Degree restaurant is supposed to be a gormet dining experience. The restaurant revolves every 72 minutes so you can enjoy the view of the whole city while eating. If you buy a main course then the ticket to the Look Out level is included, which makes it a lot cheaper than it first looks. It is open for lunch and dinner. A main course for dinner ranges from $34 to $110. That is a pricey view!! There are cheaper options such as set price menus and going for lunch instead of dinner. The fixed price dinner is $48 but the choice is small.

                                I didn't try the cafe at the Tower either (student on a budget!) as the prices were higher than they should have been. Take water with you as the queues are very long and I dread to think what they would have been like had it been a clearer day.

                                MY VERDICT:

                                You can't really go to Toronto without seeing this in my opinion. I you have a bad fear of heights then I can understand you running for the hills like my boyfriend because it is very high and is quite scary. Other than that though I would definately recommend this. The views are fantastic and its one of those places that I felt I had to go to just to say 'been there'. The major downside is the price. If you are in Toronto with a family then this is a huge chunk of money to spend on something that will only last at the most a couple of hours (well depending on those ever present queues!). I was slightly annoyed that there was no student discount. I took a book with me to read while in the queue and a bottle of water is also a must. Try to go on a clear day and it will be worth the money (but only just!). A definate recommendation.

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                                  13.03.2006 15:39
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                                  Where is the CN Tower?

                                  As soon as you arrive in Toronto it is easy to spot the CN Tower. Loated on Front Street in the heart of the Entertainment district in Toronto, it was just a 10 minute walk away from my Hotel the Chelsea (also reviewed).

                                  The CN Tower is recognised as Canada's main tourist attraction and it is easy to see why ,as the Tower looks magnificent, attracting over 2 million visitors a year.

                                  As you enter the Tower there are strict security procedures a body search is performed and then you walk through a booth which blows air to your clothes and takes a photograph.
                                  After completing security you pass through to the ticket collection area.

                                  What are the prices?

                                  Total Tower Experience (Lookout, Glass Floor, Skypod, Movie and Motion Simulator)
                                  Adult $31.99 plus tax for all age groups

                                  Observation Experience (Lookout, Glass Floor and Skypod)
                                  Adult $25.99 Senior $23.99 Child $19.99

                                  Observation Experience (Lookout and Glass Floor)
                                  Adult $19.99 Senior $17.99 Child $13.99

                                  Ride Experience (Lookout, Glass Floor. Motion Simulator)
                                  Adult $25.99 Senior $23.99 Child $19.99

                                  The CN Tower is open 364 days a year but at times some of the viewing areas may be closed luckily during my visit there were no problems with weather or any private functions so I was able to view all points.

                                  There are 4 lookout levels.
                                  The Glass Floor is definately for the faint hearted, at 342metres!
                                  I am petrified of heights and luckily the whole floor is not glass there is just one section that is reinforced so is strong enough to stand on but the fact that there were lots of young fearless children jumping up and down on it did not appeal to me however I was brave and walked straight across it.
                                  There are plenty of information points by the windows to ensure that you gain a bit of knowledge and history of Toronto.
                                  On the glass floor there is the opportunity to have your photograph taken from above showing the view form below (hope that makes sense) literally giving you a birds eye view of what is underneath you.

                                  At 346metres there is the Horizon cafe and indoor observation deck which has casual dining unfortunately I did not get to sample this as I was part of a tourism group so we had selected passes.


                                  aT 351metres there is the 360 restaurant which gives an amazing complete view of Toronto. The floor rotates once every 72 minutes.

                                  447metres is the skypod which is the World's highest observation deck


                                  Coming back down to earth at the base of the tower are the arcades which contain a motion simulator, "To The Top" Movie which is a small 15 minute documentary of the building, I did not pay too much attention to these as it is more likely to keep the children interested although the documentary was set off in a small room with about 25 -30 seats.

                                  Market place with souvenirs, sports merchandise and canadian items which include the all famous maple syrup, mounties, and all other maple leaf souvenirs.

                                  The CN Tower is a must to do in Canda value for money and a magnificent view, although I was petrified of the glass floor being up there was amazing.

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                                  ""The CN Tower, located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, is the world's tallest freestanding structure on land, standing 553.33 meters (1,815 ft 5 in) tall. It is considered the signature icon of the city, attracting more than two million international visitors annually. Guinness World Records has listed the CN Tower as the world's tallest building since its completion in 1976. From a technical perspective, however, it is not considered a building by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, which ranks tall buildings. CN originally referred to Canadian National, the railway company that built the tower. Following the railway's decision to divest non-core freight railway assets, prior to the company's privatization in 1995, the CN Tower was transferred to the Canada Lands Company (CLC), a federal Crown corporation responsible for real estate development. Since local residents wished to retain the name CN Tower, the abbreviation is now said to expand to Canada's National Tower rather than the original Canadian National Tower; however, neither of these is commonly used.""