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Published: October 8th 2010
The Toronto Skyline viewed from the Toronto Islands at dusk
Following all the debates about the official height of various buildings, the highest “free-standing structure" in the world is the CN (Canada National) Tower, which is in Toronto. Following a recommendation, we didn’t go directly to the viewing gallery but booked in for a meal at the 360 restaurant. This is quite expensive, but you get a free assent of the tower. Given the standard cost for this, it makes the meal look a lot more economical. Costs aside, it is by far the most civilised way to enjoy the view. We sat in the restaurant, which revolves once every 76 minutes enjoying the view in relaxed quiet whilst eating an excellent meal.
Once up there, we were free to join the mob in the scrum of the viewing gallery. To be honest, that didn’t have anything more to offer, so once we’d checked out the glass floor, we went back up to the restaurant to skip the queues to go down. We would also like to have gone up to the highest accessible point of the tower - the Skypod - but there was a two hour queue that was winding round the inside of the viewing gallery, making
CN Tower and Roger Center
The CN Tower and Roger Center viewed from the Toronto Islands at dusk
it even more crowded. We skipped it.
Just of the coast of Toronto (if a lake has a coast) are the Toronto Islands. These are a bit like the Princes Island in Calgary, but require a boat ride. We didn’t realise that there are actually three islands and hence it all got a bit confused when we tried to catch the ferry. These islands are a nice quiet place to go for a walk away from all the traffic. There are also some excellent views back towards Toronto. I waited on there with my camera to get some night pictures - until a German turned up and put his tripod down to claim the best spot. Makes a change from a towel I suppose.
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