- Type: Sightseeing
- Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
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Standing out among Toronto's dazzling skyline, the 1,815-foot CN Tower was once the tallest freestanding tower in the world (it now comes in second behind the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, which measures 2,717 feet). And there's a reason for its height: when the city's skyscrapers began to grow, television and radio transmission towers were having trouble broadcasting. With it's completion in the 1970s, the CN Tower allowed transmissions to pass easily. Today, elevators bring visitors to the top in less than a minute. Once there, you have four observation areas to choose from: the Glass Floor Room (at 1,122 feet), the Look Out Level (at 1,136 feet), the 360 Revolving Restaurant (at 1,150 feet) and the Sky Pod, which at 1,465 feet is the highest public observation area in the world.
Because this is one of Toronto’s most popular attractions, you should prepare yourself for long lines. According to one TripAdvisor user: “We waited an hour to go up to the skypad, only to find there was also a wait to get back down … The views are beautiful, particularly at night. However, the skypad is definitely not worth the wait.” To save yourself the time, consider making reservations at the tower’s 360 Revolving Restaurant.
Located in Harbourfront, the CN Tower is open to the public every day, but hours change depending on the season. Visiting all four levels will cost you around $35 CAD (roughly the same in U.S. dollars), but the ascension fee is waived if you dine at the restaurant. Entry to the tower is also included as part of the Toronto CityPass deal.