01 April 2008

View Toronto from 553 metres CN Tower

The picture might look like a futuristic plan for a new conceptual hi-tech city project, but it actually isn't. This is Toronto's skyline which, amongst other fabulous buildings, holds in its collection the noticeable CN Tower Toronto, a 553.33 metre tall communications and touristic building 33 years old.

Back in April 2, 1975 a former US Army helicopter, called Olga, carried the last piece of the jigsaw – the tower’s antenna – after 26 months of construction and 5 months ahead of the deadline. On that historical day CN Tower officially “robbed” the height record from Moscow's Ostankino Tower and a new era begun.

The area around the Tower started developing rapidly, particularly with the construction of Metro Toronto Convention Centre and Rogers Centre (or SkyDome). What it used to be an appalling railway wasteland is now a newly developed entertainment district, with CN Tower centred and defining Toronto’s skyline. The construction of SkyWalk in 1989, connecting the tower and Rogers Centre to the nearby railway and subway Union Station, added on the projects practicality and accessibility creating a thriving tourist hub.

CN Tower accommodates 360, one of Toronto's finest restaurants offering great fresh cuisine topped with a magnificent revolving view of Toronto more than 351 metres (1,151 ft) below. The wine list should be adequate, if not overwhelming, including more than 550 international and Canadian wines, while the elevator ride is complimentary when buying a full course. The highlight though, still is the ride with the glass walled elevator offering a spectacular view of greater Toronto and lake Ontario that both you and your children will carry with for a long time.

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4 comments:

busydude said...

Sydney is a little similar. These are futuristic cities though. The reason is that they were built with past European mistakes in mind so they look a lot cleaner and tidier.
Almost looks fake.

Thanks

Jessie Harvey said...

So, let's fake it! Instead of getting trapped and lost, I'd rather live in a 'fake' city that is indeed cleaner and tidier....

Carin said...

I'm a Toronto native, I can assure you this city does not in any way look fake! It's actually a very multi-cultural, sometimes hectic place, but with tons of interesting things to do; just avoid the tourist traps!

Angelino Rosso said...

Toronto really is a cultural hub, there is warm feeling amongst people; the whole city is alive and involving but relaxes you in the same time.