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Exploring TO’s Crown Jewel: Your Guide to CN Tower

Your Guide to CN Tower

Exploring TO’s Crown Jewel: Your Guide to CN Tower

Well, you can't really claim you've seen Toronto until you've gazed in awe at the majestic CN Tower. Known as the city’s crown jewel, the Canadian National Tower has been the eye-catcher of TO’s city skyline for more than 50 years.

Believe it or not, this iconic spot draws in around a whopping two million visitors every year. Now, before you join the ranks of eager explorers, let us fill you in on everything you've got to know before making the trip!

Exploring TO’s Crown Jewel: Your Guide to CN Tower

Time Zone

Eastern Daylight Time (GMT-4)

Best Time to Go

The best time to visit CN tower is on a clear day, in the early morning for a chance to bask in the sun’s rays or late in the evening when the skies are starry and there are fewer crowds. If you can, plan your visit on a weekday.

The CN Tower also often hosts special events, like concerts and fireworks displays. Be sure to check their calendar before visiting!

Things to Know

Currency: Canadian Dollar 

(Check the current exchange rate)

Languages: English

Phone: +1 416-868-6937

Operating Hours: 

  • Monday to Sunday 9:30 AM – 9:00 PM

Ticket Prices:

The ticket prices at CN Tower vary depending on what you want to experience.

Adult (Ages 14 to 64) Senior (Ages 65+) Youth (Ages 6 to 13) Child (Ages 3 to 5)
Timed General Admission$43$30$30$14
Skypod + Timed General Admission$53$40$40$24
Premier$95$95$95$95
Toronto CityPASS$99.25$99.25$74.25$74.25
EdgewalkStarts at $199Starts at $199Starts at $199Starts at $199

Children two years of age and below can enter for free. All prices are quoted in Canadian dollars and do not include applicable taxes.

Things to Bring:

  • Food and water
  • Sunscreen
  • Stroller or wagon (if you’re bringing children)
  • First-aid kit
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Cash

Where is the CN Tower?

The CN Tower is located at 290 Bremner Blvd. in downtown Toronto. It’s built on what used to be Railway Lands and is situated near the shores of Lake Ontario–easily accessible from various parts of the city. 

Here’s a map of the surrounding areas:

Where is the CN Tower

How to get there

Public transportation: 

Hop onto the TTC and take a subway, streetcar, or bus to Union Station. From there, you can follow signs and walk to the tower.

If you’re coming from outside the city, you can use GO Transit. Many of their commuter rail and bus services also stop at Union Station.

By car:

The fastest route to the CN Tower is via Queen St. West and Simcoe St. The drive is 1.6 kilometres long and should take about seven minutes. 

You can see the directions here.

By walking:

If you’re in the downtown core, the CN Tower is a short walk from many popular downtown destinations like the Rogers Centre (formerly SkyDome) and Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada.

What to do at CN Tower

Enjoy views at the LookOut Level

The LookOut Level is the perfect spot to enjoy the views of Toronto without so much of the adrenaline rush. This is the main observation deck of the tower, located at 346 metres (1,136 feet) above the ground. 

Make sure to bring your camera as the deck’s full-sized heavy-duty window walls offer majestic views of TO’s skyline. These glass walls are also equipped with thermochromic energy, allowing you to take great photos no matter the time of day.

Visit the SkyPod

From: @its.jonb

CN Tower’s SkyPod is the highest observation platform in the Western Hemisphere. You’ll find this 33 storeys above the main observation level, about 447 metres or 1,465 feet above ground.

This spot offers visitors an even more extensive view of Toronto and the neighbouring regions. On a clear day, you can see as far as the shores of Lake Ontario and sometimes even catch a glimpse of Niagara Falls.

Experience the thrill of EdgeWalk

If you’re a bit of an adrenaline junkie, then you absolutely can’t miss out on the EdgeWalk. This daring adventure lives up to its name, letting you stroll around the entire 356-metre (1,168-foot) high main pod of the tower.

EdgeWalk proudly boasts the title of the “world’s highest external walk on a building.” But don’t worry, you’ll be securely harnessed to an overhead rail system, so you can strut your stuff on the narrow ledge without a care in the world.

The whole EdgeWalk experience, from the orientation to the exhilarating stroll, typically clocks in at around 1.5 to 2 hours.

Indulge at the 360 Restaurant

If you’re looking for a fun twist on fancy dates, why not elevate your dining experience to new heights by booking a table at the 360 Restaurant? You’ll find this restaurant at the tower’s skypod, offering a complete 360-degree city view while you enjoy your meal.

This revolving restaurant is known for its regional Canadian specialties and market-fresh, Ocean Wise–certified fish and shellfish. They’re also known for their extensive catalogue of the best Canadian and imported wines.

Ready your wallet, though, as the dining experience here costs at least $250. But don’t worry, you’ll surely get your money’s worth!

Walk on the Glass Floor

From: @fabiow_fln

One of the latest innovations being incorporated into CN Tower’s recent renovations is its glass floors. Head to the lower observation level to experience what they call Artmosphere, a newly designed immersive exhibit within the tower.

Each glass panel is 2.5 inches thick with a scuff plate, four 0.5-inch layers of glass, and a pocket of air for insulation. No need to be too conscious of your weight–each can hold around 20,000 pounds so you’re safe not to crack the glass.

Shop at the Tower’s Gift Shop

From: @actionkidtv

Before you wrap up your visit to the CN Tower, be sure to pay a visit to the gift shop. Step into this sprawling 8,000-square-foot shopping haven and go through a wide catalogue of souvenirs and unique crafts by Indigenous artists.

The best thing about this gift shop is admission is free and you can come by anytime to check what’s new.

Grab a drink at the Le Cafe

From: @actionkidtv

All that walking and the invigorating activities must have worked up quite an appetite! Why not make your way to Le Cafe at the tower’s base for a hearty meal? 

You can savour mouthwatering pizzas, delectable sandwiches, fresh salads, and tasty baked goods.

To complete the experience, they offer freshly brewed coffee and gourmet teas for you to sip on, all while taking in the city’s breathtaking views. It’s the perfect way to enjoy a leisurely meal with a side of stunning scenery.

Where to stay near CN Tower

Bisha Hotel Toronto

Website 

Address: 80 Blue Jays Way, Toronto, ON M5V 2G3, Canada

The prestigious Bisha Hotel is less than a ten-minute walk to the CN Tower and if you’re looking for a fancy spot to spend the night, this might be a good bet.

Its 96 guest rooms and suites are beautifully decorated with a modern flair, offering breathtaking views of the city and Lake Ontario. Plus, there’s a unique and stylish floor personally designed by the Lenny Kravitz!

The hotel also features a variety of dining options, including Kōst, a rooftop restaurant and bar specialising in Mediterranean-inspired cuisine and French Made, a charming Parisian café perfect if you’re looking for a light meal.

Delta Hotels by Marriott Toronto

From: @filipajackson

Website

Address: 75 Lower Simcoe St, Toronto, ON M5J 3A6, Canada

Delta Hotels by Marriott is a four-star brand located within walking distance from the CN Tower. This pet and family-friendly hotel is a popular choice among tourists visiting attractions downtown, especially the CN Tower.

They have a variety of comfortable rooms to choose from, with many rooms offering scenic views of the city or Lake Ontario, too. You’ll also have access to a 24-hour fitness centre, an indoor heated pool and hot tub, and a business centre.

As for food options, the hotel offers on-site dining options, including the SOCO Kitchen + Bar, a relaxed family restaurant that serves pizzas and steak; and Char No.5, a whisky and cocktail lounge.

The Ritz-Carlton

Website 

Address: 181 Wellington St W, Toronto, ON M5V 3G7, Canada

The Ritz-Carlton is nestled in the vibrant heart of downtown Toronto, just a short walk from the CN Tower and other top-tier attractions, such as the Rogers Centre, the Royal Ontario Museum, and The Hockey Hall of Fame.

This high-end hotel boasts 263 roomy and tastefully decorated guest rooms and suites, all adorned with luxurious furnishings and a wide array of upscale amenities.

You’ll be treated to king-size beds, marble bathrooms, and expansive floor-to-ceiling windows that offer stunning city views, in case you can’t get enough of the skyline’s charm. 

Hyatt Regency Toronto

Website 

Address: 370 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1J9, Canada

The Hyatt Regency Toronto is a well-known gem located just a stone’s throw from the iconic tower. This one’s quite famous for its fancy ballroom– celebrated as the largest in Toronto.

You’ll love its ideal location, putting you within easy reach of upscale dining, shopping, and entertainment hotspots. Plus, you’ll find convenient access to public transportation, including the TTC subway and streetcars.

The Hyatt Regency boasts 394 cosy rooms, a rooftop pool that offers breathtaking city views, a fully-equipped fitness centre, and a spacious restaurant that serves up delicious and hearty food and drinks.

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel

Website 

Address: 108 Chestnut St, Toronto, ON M5G 1R3, Canada

The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Toronto is a well-loved hotel located just a short six-minute stroll from the CN Tower. It’s an excellent option when you’re seeking a welcoming and cosy place that won’t break the bank.

What’s more, it’s conveniently close to some of Toronto’s top attractions, including Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto Eaton Centre, and the Art Gallery of Ontario. So, if you’re planning to explore these fantastic spots, you’ll find comfort just around the corner.

Make sure to check out their in-house restaurant, Hemispheres Restaurant, which is renowned for its delicious and satisfying à la carte options and hot breakfast buffets. 

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