Oh my goodness were you all beginning to think I’d dropped off the face of the earth and was never going to post again or what? Quite honestly I was beginning to wonder myself. Not the falling off the face of the earth part of course, but the will I ever get another post up again? Or at least another one in February as the month is very quickly coming to an end on us!
So what’s kept me quiet around the old blog lately? Travel of course! I think that’s the only thing that will keep me from here, or maybe that’s the only other thing I do? Hmmm. I might be on to something there.
Yes, I have been off on adventures again, this time on a business trip from the 6th through the 16th so I was kept pretty busy with that and then, since coming back on Monday, I just haven’t seemed to be able to get a post finished- despite this one being started over two weeks ago and another one drafted on the plane on the way home. Or maybe it was because I couldn’t decided which one to share with you next because I am also SO excited to tell you all about our very romantic weekend get-away in Bath, UK last weekend. In the end, continuing to tell you about our trip to Canada has won out so if you’re interested in Bath you’ll have to stay tuned, for oh…about another month I’d say. Lots still to share with you about Canada and then another big trip coming up in a couple of weeks that I’m sure will have me taking another week off from blogging so I can just enjoy and experience every little moment of that trip.
But those will be stories for another day. Today let’s head back to Canada, more specifically to the city of Toronto and the CN Tower.
Undoubtedly the most recognized landmark and part of Toronto’s skyline, with great views of the city, the CN Tower is to Toronto what the Eiffel Tower is to Paris. A national icon and an engineering marvel. It was designated as one of seven of the Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers in 1995 and the National Geographic book Journeys of a Lifetime ranks the elevator ride to the top as #1 on their list of Top 10 Elevator Rides. With a resume this impressive you’d likely think we loved our visit to the CN Tower eh? But alas, like Westminster Abbey before it, the CN Tower was a bit of a let down for us. But more on that later. First a few more fun facts, some photos of the views from our perch 346 meters (1,136 ft) above the city streets, and some of the neat things to see around the base of the tower.
Built from 1973 to 1975, I’ve now discovered my first visit to the CN Tower was not that long after it opened, as I visited with my family when I was in grade two- way, way back in 1982. The thing I remember most about that visit? Not the very fast elevator ride. Not the views. And definitely not the glass floor (as it wasn’t built until 1994). No the thing I remember most about my visit was a fabric CN Tower sticky patch that I got that I put on my favourite pink sweatshirt. I didn’t see any patches like that on this trip or I might have been tempted to get one for old time’s sake even though, sadly, I no longer wear pink sweatshirts.
Even back in those days the cost to build the CN Tower was many, many millions- 63 million in fact. But with 1537 workers on the job 24 hours a day, 5 days a week, for about two years I guess the costs add up eh? With the price of their current entrance fees I wonder if they still think there are 1537 people working there 24 hours a day now that they have on the payroll. Yep, the prices were quite steep. Or so we thought anyway. General admission tickets to the Lookout Level (346 m/1136 ft) were $32 (CAD) plus tax each, so our hour or so up the tower worked out to $108 for the three of us. They are slightly cheaper ($29 each) if you buy them online, but knowing weather might play a factor in whether we got to go or not we decided to buy them upon arrival. For another $12 (+tax) you could go up to the SkyPod which is another 33 stories higher, or for really big thrills (which I would have liked to have done actually if it had been an option when we were there) you can walk around the edge outside. Definitely not for the faint of heart! Truthfully I likely would have chickened out in the end but since we won’t get to prove that theory I think I’ll stick with “Heck yeah! I’d totally do that!”.
For others the glass floor can be enough to make knees a little weak, especially if you have fearless kids determined to jump up and down on it with all their might, thus making adults who know logically it won’t cause the floor to break to swiftly make their way off the glass floor and casually exclaim, “Oh my look at all these fun facts on the sign on the wall! (that is nowhere near the glass floor) It can hold 35 moose you say? Well now isn’t that something?”
Other than those possibilities there is also a restaurant on the Lookout Level, but we would have rather it had been either up or down a floor because its location meant you couldn’t walk all the way around to get views of the city in all directions from inside. You can from outside though but the caging they have outside makes it difficult to get some good photos as the holes in the caging are too small to really get your camera lens through. :-( These things, in addition to the price, were what made us a disappointed with this well-known and much visited attraction. Oh well. You win some and you lose some when traveling. In the end though everything adds up to some neat moments and memories and that’s really what counts.
Phone: (416) 86-TOWER
Buying tickets online does offer a slight discount. Or the CN Tower is one of the five attractions included with the Toronto City Pass, which may be a valuable option if you plan to visit these attractions.
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