CN Tower#9 in Best Things To Do in Toronto
A standout among Toronto's dazzling skyline, the 1,815-foot CN Tower is considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers. The tower's height provides enviable vistas of the city below, but it also serves a practical purpose. When the city's skyline began to grow amidst a construction boom, television and radio transmission towers were having trouble broadcasting. With the structure's completion in the 1970s, the CN Tower allowed transmissions to pass with ease.
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 LookOut Level (at 1,136 feet), the revolving 360 The Restaurant (at 1,150 feet) and the SkyPod, which at 1,465 feet is one of the highest public observation area in the world. Meanwhile, the EdgeWalk allows the daring to experience the world's highest hands-free external walk on a building. Connected via harness, participants can take a walk on a 5-foot-wide ledge encircling the top of the tower's main pod 116 stories above the ground. The steep ticket fee of CA$225 ($174) also includes a keepsake video, printed photos, certificate of achievement and a ticket to re-enter the tower.
Although many recent travelers were wowed by the views from all observation points, some were steadfast in their opinion that the high price of admission simply wasn't worth it. If you do visit, heed the advice of recent travelers and go on a clear day to make the most of the experience.
Located in downtown Toronto near the harbour, the CN Tower is open to the public every day (except for Christmas), but hours depend on which attraction within the tower you plan on visiting. The LookOut, Glass Floor and SkyPod observation decks are open from 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., while the restaurant's hours vary. Standard admissions for visiting all four levels costs CA$38 (about $28) for adults and CA$28 for kids between 4 and 12, but if you book online, you'll pay a reduced rate. The entire ascension fee is waived, however, if you dine at the restaurant. Admission to the CN Tower is included in the Toronto CityPASS. You'll find the CN tower a few blocks south of the St. Andrew subway station. For more information, check out the CN Tower's website.
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#1 Toronto Islands
When you're in need of a break from the hustle and bustle of Canada's biggest city, hop a ferry to the Toronto Islands. This collection of islands and islets offers a welcome touch of green to the city's skyscraper-speckled mainland. The three islands, Centre, Ward's and Algonquin, are all connected, so you don't have to worry about having to get on and off a boat to fully experience the area. Each main island offers something different. Centre Island lives up to its name, providing the most in terms of activities. There, visitors will find expansive picnic areas, beaches, sporting rentals and the Centreville Amusement Park, which features more than 30 rides, a petting zoo and a boating lagoon. Ward and Algonquin are more laid-back, dotted with 1920s-style cottages and English gardens. Hanlan's Point, located next to the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport at the northeastern tip of the island, features the area's only clothing optional beach, as well as a lighthouse believed to be haunted. All of the islands are largely car-free, making them the perfect venue for a peaceful stroll, bike ride or picnic. And while the winter brings biting winds and lots of snow, the Toronto Islands are also a great place for cross-country skiing and ice skating.
Travelers and locals alike both take to the Toronto Islands. Recent visitors said it's a great place to take a long breather from the big city atmosphere of Toronto. Many say the incredible views of the city's skyline are reason alone to visit. However, some visitors found the area to be overrun, especially in Centre Island. Others also expressed disappointment with the inflated prices for amenities in and near the Centreville Amusement Park. Otherwise, the majority of visitors, especially those with families, thoroughly enjoyed their time on the island.
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