Seven Wonders of the Modern World: CN Tower


Toronto is always a good idea.

Although more of a recent concept, there’s much to love about our fast growing and bustling city. Vogue seems to have recently taken a fancy to Toronto naming Queen West as the coolest neighbourhood in the world  and encouraging anyone who’s a proclaimed “foodie” to rush over to “The Six”. Meanwhile, the Economist proclaimed Toronto as the best city to live in the world and unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that Toronto natives Drake and The Weeknd are arguably among the top three most influential artists on the world charts. Perhaps it’s a typical Torontonian trait to always have to provide third party credibility as to why our city is amazing. Or, perhaps, it just happens that in the last five years, Toronto has been getting more awesome, effortlessly placing itself on the global map as an emerging spot for the globetrotters. I’ll go with the latter.

When asked us what we think Toronto is synonymous with, CN Tower comes to mind (even Drake included the famous Toronto emblem on his latest album and we’ll leave his CN Tower tattoo for a different discussion).

So, if you’re looking for a quick weekend getaway this summer, don’t look too far. How many of you Toronto natives have actually visited the city treasure? Or rather, when was the last time? Be honest and an eighth grade field trip doesn’t count.

The CN Tower was named the World’s Tallest Free-Standing Structure in 1975 and held the title for three decades. Ross McWhirter, then the editor of the Guinness Book of World Records, was on site to witness the placement of one of the last sections of antenna. Three days later, the last piece of antenna was attached bringing the overall height to 553.33 metres or 1815 feet, 5 inches. Today, it remains the tallest in the Western Hemisphere. Some other titles it held include World’s Tallest Building and Free-standing Structure (1996), World’s Tallest Building (2003), World’s Tallest Tower (2007 – 2010) and World’s highest ‘wine cellar‘ – 351 metres (1,151 ft.)

In 1995, the CN Tower was classified as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers. The tower shares this designation with the Itaipu Dam on the Brazil/Paraguay border, the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, the Panama Canal, the Chunnel under the English Channel, the North Sea Protection Works off the European coast, and the Empire State Building.

For those seeking a little more than just a visit up one of the world’s fastest elevators, you can enhance your experience with a restaurant experience and the EdgeWalk.

360 Restaurant
Canadian view, Canadian ingredients, Canadian wine. 360 The Restaurant at the CN Tower, one of Toronto’s finest, features unforgettable Canadian cuisine combined with an outstanding revolving view of Toronto more than 350 metres (1,150 ft) below. 360 offers market-fresh cuisine, featuring strictly Canadian ingredients to ensure an incomparable culinary experience.

360 Restaurant on a cloudy day.

360 Restaurant on a cloudy day.


CN Tower is made hip again even for the adventure traveler. EdgeWalk is CN Tower’s most thrilling attraction in its history, and the first of its kind in North America. It is the world’s highest full circle hands-free walk on a 5 ft (1.5 m) wide ledge encircling the top of the Tower’s main pod, 356m/1168ft (116 storeys) above the ground. Visitors walk in groups of six, while attached to an overhead safety rail via a trolley and harness system. Trained EdgeWalk guides will encourage participants to push their personal limits, allowing them to lean back over Toronto with nothing but air and breathtaking views of Lake Ontario beneath them.

Edgewalk during a Toronto Blue Jays Game.

Edgewalk during a Toronto Blue Jays Game.

Do you feel Toronto pride yet? What are you waiting for?


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