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Only if you don’t have a fear of heights do you want to visit the CN Tower. But if you can muster the will to take a trip to the top it will definitely be worth it. The CN Tower is Toronto and Canada's most recognizable and celebrated icon and is the centre of tourism in Toronto.
Over 550 meters (1800 feet), it is the tallest building in the world; on a clear day, the view is spectacular. Each year, around 2 million people take the elevator ride to the top of the tower to take in the breath-taking view at the top of the world. Once you're at the top, see if you can muster up the courage to walk across the see-through glass floor.
If you’re hungry, plan to eat at the revolving restaurant at the top of the tower. The floor in the 360-degree restaurant rotates once every 72 minutes allowing everyone a complete and unobstructed view of the city below. The CN Tower has broken records many times, winning such titles as World's Longest Metal Staircase, World's Tallest Building and, most recently, the World's Highest Wine Cellar. In 1995, the CN Tower was classified by the American Society of Civil Engineers as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World.
Today, the spherical structure sitting atop of the tower, more than 333m in the air, serves as the year-round workplace for more than 550 people. The tower's employees help to make possible the world-class entertainment, attractions, exhibits, and food and beverage venues that exemplify the CN Tower experience.
While at the CN Tower, you’ll also have the chance to browse through souvenir shops. Keep the kids entertained with interactive rides, motion simulators, and an arcade. You’ll find the CN Tower in the heart of downtown, at Front Street.
Located on the north shore of Lake Ontario, the CN Tower is easily accessible from Union Station as well as many major streets and highways. The CN Tower is open 364 days a year (closed on Christmas Day). Hours of Operation are adjusted seasonally. Please call (416) 86-TOWER to confirm the hours for the date of your visit.
- The CN Tower was built by the Canadian National Railway.
- Attendance: about 2 million per year
- At 181 storeys, 553.33m (1,815 ft., 5 in.) it is the world's tallest building and free-standing structure
- Height of: Glass Floor - 113 storeys - 342m (1,122ft.) Look Out Level - 114 storeys- 346m (1,136ft.) Sky Pod - 147 storeys- 447m (1,465ft.)
- More Facts
CN Tower Glass Floor Elevator Ride
Lifting off April 9, 2008, the CN Tower introduced North America's first and the world's highest glass floor paneled elevator.
One of the Tower's six glass-fronted elevators was recently enhanced to present a thrilling new perspective on the view 346m (1,136 feet) straight down. A portion of the elevator floor now features two glass panels which when combined represent almost 0.6m2 (6 ft2) of floor space.
Traveling at a speed of 22km/15mph, the Tower's six glass-fronted elevators rocket guests to the top of its glass-fronted elevator shaft - 346m/1136ft in 58 seconds, earning the distinction as the World's #1 elevator ride. In 2007 the CN Tower and 360 Restaurant achieved 12 awards which included the Tower's elevator ride listed #1 on the World's Top 10 Elevator Rides in National Geographic's JOURNEYS OF A LIFETIME: 500 of the World's Greatest Trips.
As part of the Tower's ongoing upgrades, the elevator car replacement was recently completed to include two glass floor panels each almost 2½ inches thick (2 5/16 inch (5.08 cm)) which when combined total almost 0.6m2 (6ft2) of the total 3.64m2 (39.25ft2) elevator floor space. The glass panels in the enhanced elevator were designed using the same technology, strength and durability standards of the CN Tower's famous Glass Floor which has been walked on and experienced by millions of people since it was first installed in 1994.
Due to popular demand, a ride aboard the enhanced elevator is subject to availability, with priority given to Total Tower and Premier Ticketholders at this time. The Total Tower experience is the CN Tower's do-it-all best value ticket and includes Look Out, Glass Floor and Sky Pod Observation Levels, Film, and Motion Theatre Ride for $32.99 plus applicable taxes (over 30% savings).
The CN Tower is located in the heart of Downtown Toronto, right in between the Rogers Centre and the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on Front Street, just north of Bremner Blvd. Getting to the CN Tower is remarkably easy, since most people already use it as a landmark when giving directions.
CN Tower - Hours and Admission
All prices are listed in Canadian dollars. Applicable taxes not included in published prices. Prices are subject to change without notice.
Is the CN Tower the World’s Tallest Building?
Yes, it is recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the World’s Tallest Building. The CN Tower has also been recognized as having the World’s Longest Metal Staircase and World’s Highest Wine Cellar. The CN Tower was the world's tallest freestanding structure on land from 1975 until 2007, rising 553.33 m (1,815 ft), until the Burj Dubai surpassed it. The Burj Dubai is not yet completed and therefore the CN Tower is still the world's tallest completed freestanding structure on land. The CN Tower will retain its record of the world's highest observation deck at 446.5 m (1,465 ft). as Burj Dubai's deck will be at 442 m (1,450 ft).
How tall is the CN Tower?
The CN Tower is 553.33 m (1,815ft, 5 inches) tall or the equivalent of 5 ½ football fields stacked end-to-end and 181 storeys high.
What is the height of the different public levels? Height of: Glass Floor - 113 storeys - 342m (1,122ft.) Look Out Level - 114 storeys- 346m (1,136ft.) Sky Pod - 147 storeys- 447m (1,465ft.)
CN Tower Base Facts - At the base of the CN Tower: The circumference is - 109.1m (358ft.) and the Radius - 33.2m (109.2 ft.) - the diameter is - 66.6m (218.4 ft.)
What is the CN Tower Latitude Longitude? - The CN Tower is located at a latitude of 43 degrees 28 mins 36 sec North longitude of 79 degrees 23 mins 15 sec West
Why was the CN Tower built?
In the 1960s, Toronto’s growing skyline created problems for radio and television transmission because the pre-skyscraper transmission towers were simply not high enough to broadcast over the buildings. The prime function of the Tower is a telecommunications hub and several Canadian radio and television channels broadcast from there.
How much did it cost to build the CN Tower? The CN Tower was built for $63 million (about $300 million in 1998 dollars).
How long did it take to build the CN Tower?
It took approximately 40 months to complete the CN Tower. Construction started on February 6, 1973, and wrapped up in June of 1976.
When did the CN Tower open? The CN Tower Toronto opened to the public on June 26, 1976 with the official opening on October 1, 1976
How many people did it take to build the CN Tower?
1,537 courageous workers toiled around the clock, five days a week, 24 hours a day, to build the CN Tower.
Who owns the CN Tower?
Canadian National (CN) built the tower in 1976, and retained ownership until 1995 when it became a public company. At that point, ownership of the CN Tower was transferred to Canada Lands Company, along with a number of other real estate properties.
How much does the Tower weigh?
The World’s Tallest Building weighs in at 117,910 metric tonnes (130,000 tons). This is about the equivalent of 23,214 large elephants.
How much concrete is in the Tower?
There is a full 40,524 cubic meters (53,000 cubic yards) of concrete in the CN Tower, enough to build a sidewalk curb from Toronto to Kingston, Ontario.
Is the Glass Floor safe?
Yes. The CN Tower’s Glass Floor, opened on June 26, 1994, is 23.8 square meters (256 square ft.) of solid glass and is five times stronger than the required weight bearing standard for commercial floors. It can withstand the weight of 14 large hippos.
How many elevators are there in the CN Tower?
There are now six glass-fronted, high-speed elevators. They travel at a rate of 22 km/hour (15 miles/hour). It takes only 58 seconds to reach 346m (1,136 ft.). Speed of elevators: 6 metres/second (20 feet/second) with the slow speed of elevators (in high winds): 1.5 metres/second (5 feet/second)
How many people visit the CN Tower each year?
Each year, approximately 2 million people take advantage of all the CN Tower has to offer.
Does the CN Tower move in high winds?
Like all tall, narrow buildings, the CN Tower was built to be flexible and wind resistant. Here is the wind resistance of various parts of the Tower in winds of 120 mph, with 200 mph gusts:
Antenna - 1.07 m (3 1/2 ft) from centre
SkyPod - 0.46 m (1 1/2 ft) from centre
Main Pod - 22.9 cm (9 inches) from centre
How many people work at the CN Tower? Total staff (off season): approximately 400 and during our busy peak season total staff increases to approximately 550
When did the Tower add the base expansion?
On June 26, 1998, the CN Tower officiallly opened a new $26 million entertainment expansion and revitalization featuring all new multimedia displays, motion simulator rides, films, themed arcade, shopping and food experiences. The expansion, as well as revitalization of interiors from bottom to top represents a total of approximately 75,000 square feet of new and renovated spaces and offers a broader range of entertainment appealing to guests of all ages.
Windows: Double-pane armour-plated Thickness of windows: Outer pane - 9.5 mm (3/8 inch), inner pane - 6.4 mm (1/4 inch)
Thickness of The Glass Floor: 2 1/2 ". Layers, from the top down: * 3/16" scuff plate (replaced annually) * Two 1/2" layers of clear tempered glass, laminated together * A one inch layer of air (for insulation) * Two 1/4" layers of clear tempered glass, laminated together * Size of each panel: 42" by 50" * Load tests are performed annually on each panel to ensure safety. Glass Floor was opened on June 26, 1994
Broadcast Facilities: UHF, VHF Television; FM Radio; Microwave Transmissions; Fixed Mobile Systems
Companies that broadcast from the Tower: § CBC Channel 5 & 25, CFMT 47, CFTO 9, City 57, Global/CIII 41, TV Ontario 19, LOOK Communications (Digital), CHFI/Rogers, CFNY FM, CHIN FM, CHUM FM, CILQ FM, CJEZ FM, CJRT FM, CKFM FM, Bell Canada, Cantel, Motorola, TTC
Who were the Architects and Engineers during the building of the CN Tower?
Listed are the architecture and engineers who built the CN Tower..
John Andrews and Webb Zerafa
Menkes Housden, Toronto – E. R. Baldwin
- Structural Engineering
Nicolet, Dressel and Associates
Montreal – Dr. F. Knoll
Dr. A. G. Davenport – London
Dr. B. Thurlimann – Switzerland
Vibron Lrd. – Toronto
- Mechanical/Electrical Engineering
Ellard-Willson and Associated Toronto – J. Petrinec and J. Armstrong
- Soils and Foundation Engineering
Dr. W. I. Robinsky – Toronto
Dr. A. V. Peglar – Australia
W. Trow Associates – Toronto
Construction Testing Services Ltd. – Toronto
- Civil Engineering
Marshall, Macklin, Monaghan Ltd. – Toronto
- Broadcasting Engineering and Security Systems
Elder Engineering Ltd. – King City
Special CN Tower History
- 360 Restaurant was opened on April 25, 1995
- The Wine Cellar in 360 Restaurant was opened on May 13, 1997
- Capacity of 360, The Restaurant at the Tower: 400 people
- Time for 360 Restaurant to revolve once: 72 minutes
- Capacity of Horizons Café: 500 people
- The opening of the million entertainment expansion, which was completed in nine months, took place on June 26, 1998
CN Tower Address
301 Front Street West
Toronto, Ontario M5V 2T6
Tel: (416) 868-6937
You'll find plenty of parking all around the CN Tower. The closest parking lot is the south lot of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre or the Rogers Centre (enter off Lower Simcoe from Bremner Blvd or Lakeshore Blvd). We're located in the heart of Downtown Toronto, right in the middle of the entertainment district. The CN Tower is situated between the Rogers Centre and the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on Front Street, just north of Bremner Blvd. We are a quick 5 minute walk from the Theatre District, the Harbourfront and Queen West Village.
CN Tower Directions
Cabs and Limo drivers all know how to find us. The Airport Express bus drops passengers off at hotels all around us.
- By Car
Follow Highway 427 to Toronto via the QEW/Gardiner Expressway. Exit onto Spadina Ave. North and turn right onto Bremner Blvd.
Bus Drop Off
Tour Buses should pull up along Bremner Boulevard, just south of the Tower and just east of the Rogers Centre. Public Bus Transit - Check with the Toronto Transit Commission for details on bus route information: (416)-393-INFO.
From beyond the Greater Toronto Area
From the South or West: Follow the QEW into Toronto, where it turns into the Gardiner Expressway. Exit onto Spadina Ave. North and turn right onto Bremner Blvd.
- From the East: Take Highway 401 into Toronto and exit onto the Don Valley Parkway Southbound. As you approach Downtown, this will turn into the Gardiner Expressway. Exit at Spadina Ave. North and turn right onto Bremner Blvd.
- From the North: Take Highway 400 into Toronto, exiting onto Highway 401 West. Continue until you reach Highway 427 southbound. Follow Highway 427 to downtown via the QEW/Gardiner Expressway. Exit onto Spadina Ave. North and turn right onto Bremner Blvd.
- From within the Greater Toronto Area
Drive to Front Street or Bremner Blvd. We're in the Entertainment District, so there's plenty of parking around. See the map below for details.
From Downtown Toronto
As strange as it sounds, the truth is: look for the Tower (it's hard to miss) and head towards it.
Your ultimate destination is Union Station. From there, the Tower is a short walk west along Front Street, or a 5 minute covered stroll along the SkyWalk.
- GO Transit
GO Trains and GO Buses give you a fast, convenient way to get to CN Tower special events and entertainment, without the worries of parking. Let GO do the driving! Visit www.gotransit.com for train schedules and more information.
Toronto taxi-cab and limo drivers all know how to find us. Our address: 301 Front Street West. Guests may also be dropped off and picked up on Bremner Boulevard, just south of the Tower and just east of the Rogers Centre.
- Wheelchair Accessibility
Guests may be dropped off and picked up on Bremner Boulevard, just south of the Tower and just east of the Rogers Centre. There is also a Wheel-Trans designated stop at Gate 7 of the Rogers Centre. The nearest designated parking is at the Rogers Centre, with 50 reserved spaces. To make a reservation, please call Rogers Centre Parking at (416) 341-3004. . Office open Monday to Friday 10am-6pm.
CN Tower Lights
The Tower’s new lighting system is designed to architecturally enhance the CN Tower structure, endeavouring to provide elegant and tasteful night time illumination honouring the legacy of this national icon and landmark. The CN Tower has installed an intelligent LED illumination system that is energy efficient, cost efficient and provides a number of added unique benefits:
- Millions of colours and infinite effects
Microprocessor controlled, each fixture can produce 16.7 million colours. Intelligent digital control makes the system programmable from a single computer console. Each fixture has a unique “address” that can be programmed individually to create an infinite variety of lighting effects
- Directional lighting
Unlike conventional light sources, one of the unique benefits of LEDs is that they are directional; light output can be controlled and precisely directed. Therefore the resulting lighting will illuminate the Tower while ensuring light output does not “spill” or interfere with nearby hotels, office towers or residences.
- Low maintenance
The LED technology installed at the CN Tower is designed to achieve excellent performance standards and with its intended use is expected to last in excess of 10 years, requiring minimal fixture replacement and maintenance. Unlike conventional lighting systems, the new system will not require frequent replacement and disposal of light bulbs. LEDs radiate little to no heat, they do not emit ultraviolet (UV) radiation or (IR) infrared which makes them ideal for illuminating areas at the Tower without degration such as the radome and other sensitive areas.
The CN Tower’s new lighting system is designed to architecturally enhance the CN Tower structure, endeavouring to provide elegant and tasteful night time illumination honouring the legacy of this national icon and landmark.
CN Tower Lighting Schedule and Policy
Each night beginning at sunset the CN Tower will feature programmed lighting in celebrating the architectural integrity of the structure. The standard programmed colours will be red and white, to honour Canada, with a short effect precisely at the top of each hour.
An annual lighting schedule will honour national holidays, seasons, certain major City and national events, in one of 2 ways:
- Effect at the top of each hour to commemorate the occasion being honoured; or
- Dedicated colour theme for the entire building
Please note that no additional requests for lighting themed to a dedicated cause or event will be considered at this time.
Lighting for commercial (eg product launches, corporate events) or personal occasions (eg. birthdays, anniversaries) is not permitted.
Spring & Fall Lighting Schedule
As it has for over a decade, the CN Tower supports bird friendly practices by reducing exterior lighting during migration periods to prevent potential bird collisions and at the same time conserve energy.
September 4 to mid-November: standard lighting program will be reduced during this time of year. Onlookers will see a streak of light that travels from bottom to top and changes colour each circuit from blue, green, yellow, orange and white. The ‘Top of the Hour’ lighting effect during this time of the year, will feature a 5-minute rotating white light around the Radome.
Location(s) of Business
301 Front Street West,Toronto,Ontario,M5V 2T6