Tuesday, February 25, 2020

CN Tower and Spotlight Toronto

You don't have to be a tourist to take a 58 second trip up the CN Tower, but it helps. With Spotlight Toronto you can enjoy over 35 attractions all winter long with two for the price of one offers - including the world's tallest free-standing structure at 553 metres which offers a spectacular view of the city and its far reaches.
The CN Tower is open from 9am to 10:30pm and the Spotlight continues on weekends until March 1st, 2020. The usual adult ticket to the look out level is $38 plus tax so the Spotlight price is a great savings and gets you up the tower during the less busy winter season. The fun starts when you crowd into one of the six elevators with windows that peek out and give you a view of the ride up.

The Look Out level

If you haven't been to the tower lately you have missed out on the renovations that have placed floor-to-ceiling glass Window Walls that run 360 degrees around the level, comprised of special glass 2.74 inches thick that adjusts darkness and makes photography easier. You can also get to the new Glass Floor and outdoor walkway which is one floor below the Look Out level. The glass floor is 346m above the ground and you can see the top of the aquarium with the sharks circling on the roof.
The outdoor walkway is screened in. It can get pretty windy and cold up there
Ripley's Aquarium is right below the tower
Standing on the glass floor with a mirror above
The CN Tower's shadow falls on the downtown core
A lot of times you can find buskers like army toy man and Spiderman at the base of the tower
Rogers Centre, the CN Tower and the Ripley's Aquarium of Toronto

It is a challenge to find some famous city landmarks which are partially obstructed behind towers and condominiums. When you look around the city's skyline you can see the impressive amount of downtown buildings, surrounded by low rise suburbs with small, random groups of buildings just popping up. The growth along Yonge Street leads north and is hard to miss. See some of the sights after the jump.

Toronto City Hall
Yonge Street development
Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) and OCAD University
Toronto Island Airport (Billy Bishop)
Roundhouse, Gardiner Expressway and Harbourfront Centre
Centre Island and Toronto Harbour
The Power Plant gallery, Natrel Rink, Harbourfront Centre and a tall-masted schooner
Some actual colour in the sun's reflection
Fairmont Royal York and Union Station

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