Attractions & things to do for the kids in your life

CN Tower (Toronto)

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Different perspective

We can see a very small CN Tower from our living room window. (It seems that everywhere we go in downtown Toronto, we can get a glimpse of the CN Tower.) After a couple of years of seeing it from afar, I took my 3-year old to finally see it face to face. What an experience it was. We approached it from the Gardiner to offer him a view. "La Tour CN, dans l'auto, c'est ÉNORME!" did he shout. When you go to visit it, stop at the base of the tower to watch your kids looking up over and over again, attempting to make out the top of the 550-metre-high building (watch this clip!). The famous ride up the glass elevator is a one-minute climb (over an hour if we were to climb the 1,760 stairs). It leads you to the indoor observation deck 346 metres from ground level from which you can access the lower level featuring the amazing glass floor. (Don’t worry, it can hold the weight of 14 large hippos!) At this level, you can also access the exterior observation deck, weather allowing. Note that the Horizons Café is not the expensive revolving restaurant but a fixed one underneath, with affordable menu. I recommend you cap the visit with a bite or sip there, and play an I-Spy game as you look down. Even better if you plan your visit around sunset to see both the day  and night views.

The visit includes a short 4-D movie and The Red Rocket, a 14-min movie featured exclusively at the Maple Leaf Cinema inside the CN Tower. (Visit their website for additional information about their crazy EdgeWalk (a once-in-a-life time $175 experience)... And check this 2-min clip of my friends from Cadence, the A Cappella band who got commissioned to sing to help a guy propose to his girlfriend from the Edge!

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