CN Tower : Michelin's recommendations
This concrete, rocketlike structure reaches 180 storeys (over 553m/1,815ft in height). Constructed at a cost of $63 million, the tower is the tallest freestanding structure in the world and a popular Toronto tourist attraction (some 2 million visitors a year). Begun in 1972, the tower was built over a four-year period by federally owned Canadian National (formerly Canadian National Railways) to provide telecommunications services. Topped by a powerful antenna, the tower serves FM radio and television stations, whose transmitters line the mast. At the base of the tower, a multilevel "bubble," opened in 1998 as part of a $26 million update, houses interactive computers, video presentations and virtual thrills. In only 58 seconds visitors are "beamed up" 346m/1,136ft (nearly the height of the Empire State Building) in one of six exterior glass-front elevators to the look-out level, a seven-storey-tall, circular steel "turban." From its observation decks, views of the city and suburbs, the lake and shoreline are superb (panels identify buildings and parks), providing a vivid aerial orientation to Toronto. One floor down, intrepid visitors can stand or sit on the glass floor, a section of thick glass panels that permit an impressive view 342m/1,122ft straight down to the ground below. Not for the fainthearted is an ascent 33 storeys higher to the smaller observation gallery named Skypod, a flying-saucer-shaped, windowed ring 447m/1,465ft above the ground, reached via an elevator inside the tower. The sweeping views of the cityscape and Lake Ontario are spectacular. The feeling of height is reinforced by planes from nearby Toronto Island Airport flying below. If visibility is good, Niagara Falls and Buffalo, 120km/75mi away, can be seen.
- Address : 301 Front St. W CDN - Toronto M5V 2T6M5V 2T6Toronto
- Phone : (416) 868-6937
- Website : http://www.cntower.ca
- Prices : free of charge