301 Front Street West at John Street, Toronto, Ontario
Thursday, March 24, 2011
We wanted to visit something that was emblematic of Toronto – the CN Tower is an architectural icon.
CN Tower is easily accessible via the TTC and Go Train.
The high speed elevator travels 346 metres to the top of the Tower in only 58 seconds. Lots of fun for little ones, but not quite as amusing for phobic parents.
The Look Out level has expansive windows with fantastic views of the entire city. Get a closer look with binocular telescopes and try to find home – we did!
The 256 square foot Glass Floor can withstand the weight of 14 hippopotamuses. The mere sensation of being 342 metres up in the air, yet still able to see the ground beneath your feet is incredible.
Admission is expensive (although if you show a TTC monthly pass, you get a 20% discount).
Admission only grants you one ride up and one ride down the elevator – this was very disappointing to my son who wanted to ride numerous times.
No interactive activities for young children.
Plan to go on a weekday morning. Fewer crowds means a much more enjoyable experience for families with toddlers.
If traveling via the TTC, get off at Union Station. The indoor walkway between Union Station and the CN Tower is surrounded by glass windows and you can watch arriving and departing GO Trains and Via Rail Trains.
Across from the CN Tower entrance is the John St. Roundhouse Park – Toronto Railway Heritage Centre. Take a walk over and look at the vintage CN Trains and diesel engines. There is also a little train playground for kids.
Snapshots from the top!