Happy 180th Birthday Toronto!
In honour of your birthday I am dedicating today’s Throwback Thursday to your most iconic landmark.
The CN Tower
The CN Tower opened in 1976 and was once the tallest free standing structure in the world, today it is only the tallest structure in the America’s, but we don’t tell people that. It is however considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers and hold the record for having the highest wine cellar in the world. The tower cost $63 million to build and took 1,537 workers 40 months to erect this Toronto landmark that welcomes over 2 million visitors a year.
Going up the CN Tower is a really amazing experience. The elevator makes your ears pop as you ascend high into the sky overlooking the city below. Some of the features that tourist visit while at the CN Tower include: the observation deck, glass floor, 360 revolving restaurant, which is the site of many proposals, and the Sky Pod which is 33 storeys above the observation deck and is so high that you can see Niagara Falls and Rochester, New York. The CN Tower also hosts the annual Edge Walk, which allows daredevils to walk the outer edge of the tower, and a flight stairs which is used for charity events and during power outages.
But let’s focus on my favourite thing which is the glass floor. Now if you are afraid of heights you’re most likely going to hate the glass floor because it looks straight down at the ground which is 1,122 feet below. I loved standing on the glass when I was a kid and I used to jump up and down just to freak out tourists and my dad who thought the glass below would break and send us all to our bloody deaths. The glass floor opened in 1994 at a thickness of 2 ½ .“ It is 256 square feet of solid glass and can support 14 large hippos. It is tested annually to make sure you don’t fall to your death.
We, as Torontonians, know the CN Tower as our major landmark. It is famous for the number of lightning strikes it gets every year, for the various colours it illuminates at night and personally it is my beacon when I am on a bus coming in from out of town, for I know as soon as I see that tower I’m almost home.
Happy Birthday Toronto