Top Of The Beanstalk | Sharon Henry
Just like a magic, giant beanstalk would, Toronto’s CN Tower demands your attention. It’s gangly, rocketing height is hard to ignore, plus the tower pretty much photo bombs every picture you’ll take in the city.
We usually steer clear of the more pricey attractions but made a last minute decision to ‘do’ the tower when we were in town.
Thrill Seekers On The CN Tower Edgewalk
Stood at the bottom we spotted teeny, tiny people way up above us, suspended precariously on the outside rim of the tower pod. These were adrenalin junkies crazy enough to do the ‘Edgewalk,’ tethered to a harness to prevent a 356m plummet as they walked around the outer edge of the platform. We heard a few screams and shouts; either from fear or just showing off!
It looked fun and we fleetingly considered having a go (very fleetingly) but our legs buckled at the thought. So that was a no-no.
We played it safe, handed over $35 (Canadian) each for the ‘Tower Experience which began with a super speed elevator ride to the top, everyone squeezed in tightly. In less than a minute (58 seconds to be exact) we soared 346 metres inside the glass- paneled, capsule including the floor. It was a little bit of a jelly-legged moment watching the ground fall away rapidly below us, Darrin couldn’t look.
Emerging onto the Lookout Deck at the top we joined the excited crowd of people, everyone trying to find a clear spot at the panoramic windows.
A space opened up for us, then wow! The spectacular view of the city of Toronto stretched out below us like a giant 3D display on Google street view. In the distance we watched planes take off and land on Toronto Islands runway; below us cars streamed along motorways, trains and trams ran through the city and boats ferried back and forth across Lake Ontario. It was fascinating, like gazing over an elaborate toy set. Who could tire of that amazing birds-eye view?
Almost directly under us the Rogers Centre stadium really brought home how high we were; it looked miniature from where we stood, surrounded in every direction by the matchbox-like buildings.
Walking On A Glass Floor
One deck down, we literally had our breaths taken away outside on the open SkyTerrace as winds buffered through the safety wire mesh. That’s where we (or me to be precise) found the highlight of the Tower Experience; the 2.5 inch glass floor.
Standing right on top of the SkyTerrace glass floor, looking straight down the column of the beanstalk onto the little ant people below was a pretty freaky sensation. Just looking down past my feet suspended over the 342 metre drop was – thrilling! The SkyTerrace too was crowded, not quite how it’s promoted in the brochure pictures. The glass floor was full of selfie-takers of all ages, some kneeling, some crawling and others just nervously standing on the edge. Kids especially seemed unfazed by heights. Darrin, stayed well back!
According to the sign nearby, the glass floor could withstand the weight of 3.5 orca whales or 35 moose (we were in Canada) or 41 polar bears, in total an equivalent of 21,835kg. That’s a lot of people and their cameras, so I felt quite safe, enjoying the walking on air experience. Then the selfie bug struck me too.
CN Tower Facts and Figures
Rising 553 metres, the CN Tower was completed in 1976 and was the tallest building in the world for 34 long years. That’s before the crown was snatched by Dubai’s, Burj Khalifa when it opened in 2010, which stands at a whopping 829.8 metres tall. The CN Tower is now demoted to the tallest tower in the Western hemisphere.
That said, the super structure of the CN Tower remains very popular attracting 1.5 million visitors a year.
Another fact. The CN Tower was chosen in 1995 as an Engineering Wonder of the Modern World. In the company of the Empire State Building, Golden Gate Bridge, English Channel Tunnel, Panama Canal, Itaipu Dam and North Sea Protection Works.
Cost of the CN Tower to build? $63 million.
A total of 1,537 workers were employed to construct the Tower. Today the Tower employs 400 staff to run the facility, increasing to 550 during peak seasons.
At 70 Canadian dollars per couple, would we recommend the CN Tower? Absolutely. From the moment you step inside the base of the Tower to stepping out on the observations decks and then deciding when you’re ready to come back down, this is one very impressive attraction. Don’t miss it!
Tickets to the LA Tower can be bought at the entrance Box Office, online with discount or included in the CityPass.
Tower Experience, general admission: Adult: CAD $35 Seniors & Children: $28. Children aged 3 and under get free admission.
Online: Buy online and save $3 per ticket.
Skypod: $12 (all ages) including a Tower Experience ticket.
The Edgewalk: $195 conditions apply. Seasonal opening.