Toronto’s 3rd Gift to the World

At 553m or 1,815ft, the CN Tower is the world’s tallest free-standing tower. It was originally conceived of as three communication towers, but then Canadian National Railway and the architects got ambitious. Why not build the tallest tower in the world, they mused? And so they did!

The CN Tower opened to great fanfare to the public on 26 June 1976. Since then Canadian National Railway sold it to Canada Lands Company, and “CN Tower” now stands for Canada’s National Tower. Although its main function is as a communications tower, designed to boost broadcast signals, its known for its fantastic views and its vertigo-inducing Sky Pod, accessible only on non-windy or light wind days. On a clear day, you can see right across Lake Ontario to the American shores. In the 1970s, its rotating high-flying disco bar was the place to sneak into as an underaged kid. Its restaurant, 360, is still a destination of choice for celebratory dinners. Its glass floor wows visitors and instills fear into the height-challenged.

Many have talked of challenging this Tower’s Guinness World Record, and the day may come soon when the challenger will be successful, but for now the CN Tower continues to define our city and to be the main place to see for any visitor to Toronto.

2 Comments so far

  1. josh (unregistered) on November 30th, 2006 @ 1:48 pm

    And there’s even a song about it! Final Fantasy’s “the CN Tower Belongs to the Dead” [hype]


  2. talk talk talk (unregistered) on November 30th, 2006 @ 2:42 pm

    Thanks for the link! The music is rather hypnotic, kind of like looking down through the glass floor. It’s so true what he sings. I too looked for my house from the top of the Tower.



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