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CN Tower

Completed in 1976, nothing says “Toronto” like the CN Tower, the tallest freestanding structure in the Western Hemisphere!

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Because it was built to sway from side to side (just a little bit), it can withstand high winds and powerful earthquakes.

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The tower has an incredible 1,776 steps... and six glass-fronted elevators in case that climb is a bit much. Pssst! For an extra-cool ride, hop on one of the three elevators with glass floors.

It weighs 118,000 metric tonnes (130,000 tons), 35 times the weight of Paris’s Eiffel Tower.

Go right to the top of this tall tower


Lightning strikes the CN Tower about 75 times a year. Long copper strips run down the tower and carry the electric current safely into the ground.

What goes up and down but never moves?

Red and white for Canada Day, green for St. Patrick’s day, blue during Toronto Maple Leafs playoffs: The tower lights up in different colours for holidays and special events.

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On a clear day, visitors to the observation deck can see more than 160 kilometres (100 miles), all the way across Lake Ontario to New York State.

What did one elevator say to the other elevator?
What’s the tallest building in Toronto?

And there's more!

After going up one tower, why not eat another tower… of ice cream? These three shops totally stack up.

Kids eating ice cream at Ed's Real Scoop in Toronto
  1. Ed’s Real Scoop
    2224 Queen St E

    Homemade ice cream and gelato (that’s Italian ice cream) is the real deal.

  2. Greg’s Ice Cream
    750 Spadina Ave

    Ever had roasted marshmallow ice cream? Well, what are you waiting for? Greg makes it (and about 100 other flavours, too).

  3. Bang Bang Ice Cream
    93 Ossington Ave

    If you think ice cream is better as a sandwich, check out this place, where it’s served between two freshly baked cookies.

The CN Tower was built in the 1970s for transmitting TV and radio signals – and, for most Toronto stations, it still does.