The CN Tower is a Toronto icon. It was the world's tallest building for 32 years and offers breathtaking views of the city of Toronto and beyond. It remains the tallest free-standing structure in the Western hemisphere, attracting more than two million visitors annually. Completed in 1976, the initials "CN" stand for "Canadian National," the railway company that built the tower. In 1995, after the company was privatized, it was transferred to the Canada Lands Company, a federal Crown corporation. In 2018, the largest renovations in 42 years were completed, giving the tower a modern facelift and many new features. Take a look at the video below!
The concept of the CN Tower was born in 1968 when the Canadian National Railway proposed building a large TV and radio communication platform to serve the Toronto area. It was also conceived as a show of prosperity, demonstrating the strength of the Canadian industry and its national railroad company. At the time of its construction, the tower's height served an important practical purpose. The city was growing rapidly in the 1960s and 1970s, and tall skyscrapers downtown were compromising the quality of broadcast signals. New, higher antennas at least 980 feet (300m) tall, were needed to solve this problem.
Today, the tower is a major tourist destination. Its lookout, located at 1,136 feet (346m), has floor-to-ceiling windows, offering the best views of the city. There are also glass floors and an outdoor sky terrace offering even more unique views. Other attractions include the SkyPod, EdgeWalk, high-speed elevators, and several cafes, restaurants, and shops. Many ticket options are available, and tickets can be purchased in advance online. For more information about hours, attractions, and to buy your advance tickets, tap the link below.
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