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CN Tower in Toronto – Information for Visitors

CN Tower in Toronto – Information for Visitors

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The CN Tower stands at an impressive height of 553.3 meters in Toronto’s downtown district. Visitors can enjoy 360 panoramic views over the city, overcome fears of heights and hang off the edge of the building, or simply enjoy a nice dinner with a view.

Here’s a complete guide with information for visitors about tickets, entrance fees, opening hours, history as well as interesting facts about CN Tower in Toronto. 

Ticket Info

Ticket Type Adult (13 – 64) Senior (65+) Child (4 – 12)
General Admission $38 $34 $28
General Admission + SkyPod $53 $49 $43

Opening Hours

General Admission tickets allow you access to two of the tower’s observation levels while the General Admission + Skypod ticket also grants access to the third observation deck which is the towers highest.

The tower is open daily from 9am – 10:30pm however some parts of the tower have varied opening times. See below:

  • Observation Level LookOut: 9am – 10:30pm
  • Observation Level Glass Floor: 9am – 10:30pm
  • Observation Level SkyPod: 9am – 10:30pm

Restaurant and cafe

  • 360 Restaurant Lunch: 11am – 2:30pm
  • 360 Restaurant Dinner: 4:30pm – 10pm
  • Le Cafe: 10:30am – 6pm
  • Le Cafe Kitchen: 11am – 6pm
CN Tower observation deck

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History & more information

The CN Tower is one of Canada’s most recognizable landmarks and one of the most popular attractions in Toronto. The tower is a renowned architectural masterpiece that provides visitors with world-class entertainment including dining in the sky, panoramic views, and immersive ‘Edge Walks’.

CN Tower Edge Walk

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The original concept for the tower came from the Canadian National Railway who was looking to build a new communication platform and showcase the forward-thinking abilities of the Canadian industry.

In 1972 the plans to build the CN tower were well in motion and by 1973 construction began and on June 26th, 1976 the tower opened to the public.

Today visitors are welcomed inside and propelled to the observation decks by high-speed elevators where they can enjoy spectacular views every which way!

Cn Tower in Canada

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Points of Interest

LookOut Level

Amazing views of Toronto.

SkyPod

The SkyPod observation deck is found 447 meters high and offers great views of Toronto. 

Edge Walk

Take to the edge of the building on a daring edge walk that’s not for the faint-hearted. If you’re looking for an adrenaline-pumping activity, this is something that shouldn’t be missed at CN Tower. 

Glass Floor

The Glass Floor is found on the lookout level and offers views 342 meters straight down to the ground. Walking across the glass floor in CN Tower is quite a surreal experience. 

Glass floor in CN Tower

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How to get to CN Tower

The CN Tower is found between the Rogers Center and the Metro Toronto Convention Center in the city’s downtown district. Getting here is easy and can be done on foot, by car, or by public transport.

On foot

From Downtown Toronto, the easiest way to find the tower is to look for it in the skyline! It stands out and is virtually hard to miss! If you’re coming from the Theatre District, the Harborfront, or the Queen West Village the walk is just 5-minutes.  

By Car

From Pearson International Airport follow Highway 427 to Toronto via the Gardiner Expressway. Exit onto Spadina Avenue North and turn right onto Bremner Boulevard.

By Subway

Take the subway to Union Station. From there, the tower is just a short walk away along Front Street.

Nearby Attractions

CN Tower sits in the heart of downtown Toronto and is surrounded by plenty of places of interest including museums, galleries, and attractions. Once you’ve finished climbing the tower, check out some of the below points of interest:

  • Lawrence Market
  • Art Gallery of Ontario
  • Chinatown
  • Harbourfront Center
  • The Rogers Center
  • Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada
  • Steam Whistle Brewing
  • Toronto Railway Museum
  • Bay of Spirits Gallery
  • Toronto Eaton Center

Best time to visit CN Tower

The best time to visit the CN Tower without the crowds is when the doors open as the building is at its quietest between the hours of 9am and 11am. Alternatively, try visiting in the evening after 5pm. For the most rewarding experience, arrive 1 hour before sunset and stay to watch darkness fall over the city. If you arrive during peak times (midday on weekends) then expect to queue for an hour or so.

Facts about CN Tower

  1. The glass floor of the tower’s observation level can withstand the weight of 35 moose. The solid glass is actually five times stronger than the strength required for weight-bearing commercial floors!
  2. Construction on the CN Tower began on February 6, 1973, and wrapped up about 40 months later in June 1976. In 2016, The CN Tower celebrated its 40th birthday with special events throughout the year.
  3. On April 2, 1975, onlookers gazed up in amazement as a giant Erickson Air-crane Sikorsky helicopter placed the final piece of the CN Tower’s antenna into place, officially making it the world’s tallest building before construction was complete.
  4. There’s actually a time capsule in the wall of the tower’s lookout level. As part of the tower’s grand opening in 1976, a time capsule was placed in the wall of the building’s LookOut level. Included in the time capsule are copies of three local newspapers, Canadian coins, letters from children, and a letter from then-Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. The plan is to open the capsule in 2076.
  5. Twice a year, visitors can climb all 1776 stairs inside the tower! The CN Tower hosts two fundraising stair climbs and it’s the only way to say you’ve climbed all the way up.
  6. 1,537 workers toiled five days a week, 24 hours a day to build the CN Tower. The tower was built at an original cost of CA$63 million (an equivalent of $270 dollars in 2018) and returned its investment in 15 years.
  7. On a clear day, you can see Niagara Falls from the top of the tower. Visibility is up to 100 miles!
  8. Six glass-faced elevators travel at 22 kph (15 mph) to reach the observation deck in 58 seconds.
  9. The tower is a target for lightning strikes and it’s typically hit 75 to 80 times a year.
  10. The tower has the clearest reception in North America and the 335-foot steel communications antenna at the very top of the CN Tower broadcasts more than 30 Toronto television and FM radio signals, as well as microwave transmissions and wireless telephone signals.
Cn Tower architecture

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FAQ’s (Things to know before you go)

How long does it take to get up the observation deck?

The average time it takes a user to arrive and reach the observation deck with a pre-booked ticket is 15-minutes. Usually, a slight queue forms at the elevators.

Do I need to pre-book my tickets in advance?

Pre-booking tickets is not mandatory as they can be bought on the day from the Box Office. However, in order to avoid the queues at the box office, it’s recommended that you book your CN Tower ticket online in advance.

Is food available at CN Tower?

Yes, there are two restaurants inside the tower one of which is an upscale fine-dining restaurant and the other a more casual cafe.

Is the CN tower wheelchair accessible?

All of the CN Tower is 100% accessible by wheelchair, even the Edge Walk experience!

Can I bring my luggage?

Guests are welcome to bring their bags inside the CN Tower but note that all bags are subject to inspection. Bags that are larger than 25” long x 15” wide x 20” high are not permitted.

Can I take photos inside the tower?

Snap away! Make sure you get some good photos of the panoramic views from the observation deck.

Do I need to print out my ticket?

Yes, if you’ve opted to order your tickets online and have been presented with a digital copy please print this out and bring it with you on the day. Note, there are no facilities at the tower for printing pre-purchased tickets.


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