Indoor and outdoor Look Out galleries provide stunning views of Toronto
and the surrounding area. On a clear day you can see for a distance of up to
75 miles including Niagara Falls and Buffalo, U.S.A. Also on this level is
the "360 Restaurant".
This revolves around the outside of the tower taking 72 minutes to make one
revolution. You need to book in advance to be sure of a table without
queuing. To fully enjoy the views ask for a window table.
Down one level at 342 meters is the Glass Floor. Covering an area of
about 250 square feet it is strong enough to take the weight of fourteen
large hippos. On my hands and knees, staying safely at the edge of the
glass, I peered nervously straight down at the forecourt below where the
queues for the tower resembled an army of worker ants. This is not for the
faint-hearted. You would not get me onto the glass - not for all the geese
in Canada! My traveling companion, however, edged his way cautiously onto
the glass floor, first on his hands and knees, and then with great courage
he just about made it to a standing position before stepping back quickly
onto the solid concrete floor.
For an extra charge you can take a second elevator up another 100 meters
to the Sky Pod. The viewing gallery is small and confined and we could see
much the same views as on the lower lookouts. It probably wasn't worth he
extra expense but, as my companion said, "You only do these things
once, don't you?"
Now that I've seen the CN Tower for myself I understand what all the
fuss is about. It represents Toronto's achievements. It is not just a
communications mast or a viewing point. The Tower symbolizes the rise of a
world class commercial center. I had to admit that this must be Toronto's
most spectacular landmark.
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Open: Daily Jan-April 9am-10pm, May-Dec 8am-11pm.
Admission (at December 2000) CDN$15,
Seniors CDN$13, Children CDN$11.
Extra charge for SkyPod CDN$4.
Subway: Union Station, walk through SkyWalk
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Frances Spiegel was born in Bushey, Hertfordshire, UK, and has made London,
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