Checking out Toronto CN Tower and lakeside views
Toronto is the largest city in Canada and the financial-business powerhouse which runs the country (that is how I see it). I was only passing through the city for a day as I was on a road trip but I managed to do two sights which I really wanted to do whilst I was here. The CN Tower and taking a boat tour out into the lake and capturing the city skyline through my camera lens.
Parking up a few blocks away, I would have thought it would have been easy to spot the 553 metre (1,815ft) tower but all the surrounding skyscrapers destroyed that for me. In the end I was asking people where the tower was and I eventually found it. Paying the fee, I was whizzed up in the elevator inside this tall communications and observation tower at a fast speed to which my stomach was starting to feel a bit funny.
FUN FACTS ABOUT THE TOWER:
It was completed in 1976 and at the time became the world’s tallest freestanding structure and world’s tallest tower. Then the guys in Dubai destroyed that record thirty-four years later by building the Burj Khalifa for the free-standing structure title and then the Chinese topped it off by building the Canton Tower. Ever since, the CN Tower is now the third tallest tower in the world but is still the largest free-standing structure in the Western Hemisphere because we are so lazy over here, we just can’t be bothered to build any more tall structures.
The name ‘CN’ comes from ‘Canadian National’ – the railway company which built the tower on railway land (to which it is not railway land anymore). Since then the railway company sold the land but the name stuck. However ‘CN’ now means ‘Canadian National Tower’ or ‘Canada’s National Tower’ but no bugger around here uses that.
That’s enough facts, I found the tower to be an amazing experience. With its super fast lift, I was at the top taking in the breathtaking views of the cities and Lake Ontario. I found myself staying up here for a while, walking on the see-through glass panned floor, having some food and just simply taking in the views. I love looking down over the railway yard and the Rogers Arena, they both look tiny as I never been this high before in a tower.
Heading back and walking to the lake shores, I manage to get myself on a boat tour. There was one other thing I really wanted to do in this modern city and that was to get the perfect photograph and take in the cities skyline views from the lake. Paying a small fee I got more than I bargained for, I also managed to get a close look at the nature of the ‘Toronto Islands’ a group of small islands which also act as a natural barrier for Toronto’s harbour.
I had a very short time in Toronto but I was so happy to get these two sights in and I am sure I will be back to see the city. I highly recommend taking a trip up the CN Tower and a boat tour onto the lake. Both visits offer amazing views and are the best places to capture views of the city.