The CN Tower in Toronto, Canada

The CN Tower

Downtown Toronto is extremely busy, and nowhere a parking space can be found. We bravely plowed on to Front Street, where we eventually discovered a parking, just a few blocks from the CN Tower.

The CN Tower is Canada's version of the eighth wonder of the world, and with a height of 553 meters it was the world's tallest building for more than 35 years !

Only in 2010, an even larger building was built in Dubai, the Burj Khalifa, with a staggering height of 828 meters (2,717 feet) !

The Construction

The work was started in 1973, and it lasted until 1975.

The main reason for building such a tall construction was directly caused by the veritable "Boom" in the construction of skyscrapers, at the end of 1960's. The new and ever-higher buildings in Toronto's center completely confused the reception of radio and television broadcasts.

Every time a new location for the antenna's was chosen, a new skyscraper would be built in the vicinity, which would immediately and thoroughly mess up the situation...

Hence, a plan arose to build the highest building in the world, so that the communication possibilities would remain satisfactory for many years.

Visiting the Tower

Every year, approximately two million tourists come by to admire this building ! Which unfortunately also means that it is quite a task to obtain tickets...

After having stood in line for a while, the tourists are presented a somewhat particular information movie. It is definitely super-modern, and probably focused on a young audience. The scenes are raggedly stitched together with stops and starts, and the text twists and turns, but remains barely long enough onscreen to read...

The external elevators sprint upwards at a quick 22 km/h, which produces a queasy feeling in the stomach.

The Look Out Level is located 346 meters above ground, and it offers a magnificent view of the surroundings, at least if there is no fog... The staircase leads you to the underlying floor, where one can do a complete exterior tour.

On the Glass Floor, one can stand on a 23 m2 large glass floor, with an unobstructed view of the ground, which lies 342 meters lower !...

Finally, the Sky Pod is a 360 degree rotating restaurant, at 447 meters of altitude, where one can combine both the view and the taste...

The CN Tower

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