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One of the items on my list for our brief Toronto trip was visiting the CN Tower. For someone who is terrified of heights I sure am obsessed with tall buildings. …
On our second day in Toronto, we headed to the Harbourfront Centre area to find parking near the tower. We went with a structure on Queens Quay that charged $15 a day. (The garage was also listed on Parking Panda, which I did not use but was listed on the gate.) That allowed us to explore as long as we wanted and it was just a short walk to the tower. We had been advised to arrive early to avoid long lines, and that’s the best advice I could ever repeat to anyone planning to visit. We arrived around 10 a.m., but getting there at opening would have been even better. On this particular day the next-door Ripley’s Aquarium was experiencing a power outage, so many would-be visitors were instead heading to the tower. Our line wasn’t too long at about 30 minutes to get to the elevators. Besides, you are distracted by photo taking and entertainers along the way. (We already had tickets waiting for us, though. If you need to stand in line to buy tickets it will take longer.)
Once you make it into the elevators it’s just a short ride to the observation level. From there we went directly to the next elevator to get to the SkyPod, which requires an additional admission charge of $12 per person to access. It’s best to go to the SkyPod first if you buy these tickets to avoid crowds as well.
While circling the SkyPod we saw the brave souls who were trying out the EdgeWalk, which like the name implies means you free walk on the edge of the OUTSIDE of the tower. It requires advance reservations and costs about $225. Graham was certainly interested for our next trip; in fact, he wants to plan a vacation to Toronto just to do this. I would never ever ever ever do this, but it was fun to watch others embark on the thrilling adventure.
I was even nervous to walk around the SkyPod, to be honest. But I loved that you can get a 360-degree view of Toronto, an impressive city. It’s just SO high, taller than the Sears Tower and the Hancock Building in Chicago. Victoria was not afraid at all, though. She’s braver than I’ll ever be. We brought her along in an umbrella stroller, which we had no problem getting around in.
Once we got to the glass-floor level we parked it in a corner to get around more easily. By then the tower was becoming a bit more crowded.
|Looking down from the glass floor.|
|Glass floor view.|
You can have souvenir photos taken on the glass floor, or do as so many others did and take your own selfies. The photographer has lots of ideas for poses if you want to go that route. One package of the best two photos taken of you was around $30 when we inquired.
You’re free to spend as much time as you want upstairs before you can board the elevator to return to ground level. Take your time and soak in the views! Once you’re on the first floor you can browse the gift shop or look at and purchase your souvenir arrival photos. We continued our tradition of buying Christmas ornaments from every new place we visit. We also picked up a Canada 150 teddy bear plush for V.
Next to the tower are the Ripley’s Aquarium and the Rogers Centre, where the Blue Jays play, in case you’re wondering what other attractions are around. It’s easy to plan a visit that incorporates all of these activities.
We had such a fun time at the tower and hope to be back someday so Graham could experience the EdgeWalk.
Have you visited the CN Tower? What did you think?
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