CN Tower in Toronto is an extraordinarily tall, freestanding communications and observation tower with multiple levels and a high-quality restaurant. Chosen as one of the modern Seven Wonders of the World in 1995, the CN Tower was built on what was previously the Railway Lands and is now centrally located in city centre Toronto.

Known for making history with its height records, the CN Tower’s main purpose was actually to display the impressive aptitude of Toronto’s television and radio stations. At first privately owned by the Canadian National Railway Company, the tower became a public and government-run institution in 1995. At that time, its name was officially changed from Canadian National Tower to Canada’s National Tower, but the name CN Tower remains the most commonly used. As a signature landmark of Toronto, the massive concrete structure draws over 2 million international visitors every year to admire its iconic appearance and view the city skyline from every angle.

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What are the highlights of CN Tower in Toronto?

Many record-breaking structures exist within CN Tower. The tower contains one of the highest glass-floor-paneled lifts and longest metal staircases, while SkyPod high-rise public observation gallery is among the world's highest observation decks. EdgeWalk is a suspended, hands-free walk on a wide ledge that circles the tower’s primary pod. There is an entertainment complex within the tower as well.

Sporting over 1,330 LED lights inside its lift shafts, CN Tower alters its lighting schemes based on the timing of holidays and major events. For example, during spring and fall bird migrations, the lights are turned off in participation with the voluntary Fatal Light Awareness Programme, which calls for the dimming of lights to lessen bird mortality rates during their migration seasons.

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Where to eat and drink in the CN Tower in Toronto?

Open daily for lunch and dinner, CN Tower's revolving 360 Restaurant provides the height of enjoyment at 1,151 feet, offering a one-of-a-kind experience with an immensely pleasurable, fresh meal. The restaurant completes a rotation approximately every 72 minutes and includes one of the world’s highest wine cellars. In its vast collection, the cellar includes both local and international award-winning wines. The 360 Restaurant’s menu specialities change according to the season, with vegan options always offered.

CN Tower's Vue Bistros and Le Café offer a range of classic drinks such as coffee, teas, and hot chocolate. The Vue Bistros offer Canadian foods, and the observation-level bistro has space available to host private events such as weddings. Le Café is located at the base of the tower and also offers baked goods, pizzas, sandwiches, and salads. Hours for the restaurants at CN Tower change according to the season.

What else is good to know about CN Tower in Toronto?

It’s a good idea to visit the CN Tower in the morning during the least crowded times. The most stunning panoramic views are in the early morning and evening, as you can overlook the horizon and across Lake Ontario during sunrise and sunset. An additional fee is required to go higher in SkyPod or dare EdgeWalk, but an overall greater value.

Guided tours are available in and around CN Tower. You may also want to check out nearby attractions such as city centre Toronto, the Toronto Islands, the Toronto Eaton Centre, the Ontario Science Centre, the Royal Ontario Museum, the Bata Shoe Museum, the Hockey Hall of Fame, Queen’s Park, Berczy Park, Casa Loma, the Art Gallery of Toronto, Graffiti Alley, Harbourfront Centre, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, the Distillery District, St. Lawrence Market, Kensington Market and Union Station.

CN Tower in Toronto

Location: 290 Bremner Blvd, Toronto, ON M5V 3L9, Canada

Open: Daily from 10 am to 9 pm

Phone: +1 416-868-6937