Top 10 Interesting Facts About the CN Tower in Toronto, Canada

Metal_Treasure
CN Tower is one of Canada's symbols and the signature of Toronto's skyline.
It has gained several world height records.

Alternative names:
Canadian National Tower, Canada's National Tower

The Top Ten

1 The CN Tower is 553 m (1,815 ft) high (equivalent of a 147 story building) and is the tallest freestanding structure in the Western Hemisphere. This Tower can be seen from 60 km (37 mi) The CN Tower is 553 m (1,815 ft) high (equivalent of a 147 story building) and is the tallest freestanding structure in the Western Hemisphere. This Tower can be seen from 60 km (37 mi)

I will add images to all items. - Metal_Treasure

This picture of Toronto's night skyline with CN Tower on it is taken from Toronto Islands - several islands in lake Ontario that are very close to the shore (1.7 km - 2 km; it's 15 minutes by ferry).
Toronto Islands is the city's largest parkland and a great place to spend the day. - Metal_Treasure

2 World's highest and largest revolving restaurant (360 Restaurant) is at 351 metres (1,152 ft) and completes a full rotation once every 72 minutes World's highest and largest revolving restaurant (360 Restaurant) is at 351 metres (1,152 ft) and completes a full rotation once every 72 minutes

These 360° views are truly incredible - while having a meal or drink, you can see the city of Toronto, lake Ontario, its islands, and on a sunny day you can even see some higher buildings in the US on the other shore of lake Ontario. - Metal_Treasure

3 The CN Tower is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Canada, with over 2 million international visitors annually The CN Tower is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Canada, with over 2 million international visitors annually
4 The CN Tower gets hit by lightning strikes an average of 75 times a year but the Tower has been withstanding this since 1976 when it was built The CN Tower gets hit by lightning strikes an average of 75 times a year but the Tower has been withstanding this since 1976 when it was built

During a severe storm not long ago the CN Tower was battered by 6 lightning strikes over a 30-minute period (i.e. every 5 minutes, on average).
So from 1976 to 2018, it got hit approximately 3,150 times (42 years x 75). - Metal_Treasure

5 The Glass Floor at 342 m (1,122 ft) is a great amusement for thrill-seekers but many people experience acrophobia when standing on it and looking down at the ground below The Glass Floor at 342 m (1,122 ft) is a great amusement for thrill-seekers but many people experience acrophobia when standing on it and looking down at the ground below

...already getting dizzy looking at this picture...
I know such views are beautiful, but when you actually look down at them, especially under your feet, that's just... shivers. - Martin_Canine

Even though you know the Glass Floor is safe it may be scary to step on it and look down.
On the image you see somebody's feet - the person is taking this picture while standing on the glass floor and looking down.
This floor can withstand a pressure of 4,100 kilopascals (595 psi). It's thermal glass units are 64 mm (2.5 in) thick, consisting of a pane of 25 mm (1.0 in) airspace glass, 25 mm (1.0 in) laminated glass, and a pane of 13 mm (0.5 in) laminated glass. - Metal_Treasure

6 Next to the glass floor there's a 360° outdoor observation deck, open to the public, at 342 metres (1,122.0 ft) Next to the glass floor there's a 360° outdoor observation deck, open to the public, at 342 metres (1,122.0 ft)

The outdoor observation deck entirely surrounds the main pod (the main pod is the big sphere).
The deck is pretty wide and you can walk, sit or stand on this deck and enjoy the 360° view. It's a great place to take pictures. Feel the breeze at 342m (1,122’) above the ground.
It is safe because it is fully fenced to prevent from falling (there's a wire fence from top to bottom) - Metal_Treasure

7 The CN Tower is lit at night with 1,330 super-bright LED lights inside the elevator shafts, shooting different colours over the main pod and upward to the top of the tower The CN Tower is lit at night with 1,330 super-bright LED lights inside the elevator shafts, shooting different colours over the main pod and upward to the top of the tower

This looks very beautiful because the colors are constantly changing and the rays are moving up - every new color coming from the base of the tower replaces the previous one as rays move up.
It's programmed from a desktop computer with a wireless network interface controller. The estimated cost to use the LEDs is $1,000 per month.
PS. On the image, the darker spot on the blue light is actually an elevator... - Metal_Treasure

8 There are 9 elevators, of which 6 are glass-windowed with shafts lined with glass, allowing for views of the city as the elevators make their way through the Tower There are 9 elevators, of which 6 are glass-windowed with shafts lined with glass, allowing for views of the city as the elevators make their way through the Tower

In these elevators you may feel your stomach in your throat... - Metal_Treasure

9 An amusement called 'The EdgeWalk' is the most "adrenaline-producing" experience the CN Tower can offer. The EdgeWalk is the world's highest full-circle, hands-free walk, at 356 m (1,168 ft) An amusement called 'The EdgeWalk' is the most

Thrill-seekers can walk on- and around the roof of the main pod of the tower, which is right above the 360 Restaurant. Visitors are tethered to an overhead rail system and walk around the edge of the main pod on a 1.5 m (4.9 ft) metal floor. - Metal_Treasure

10 The CN Tower is a concrete communication and observation tower completed in 1976, with a huge metal broadcast antenna on top (the antenna is 102 metre / 334.6 ft tall) The CN Tower is a concrete communication and observation tower completed in 1976, with a huge metal broadcast antenna on top (the antenna is 102 metre / 334.6 ft tall)

The CN Tower is used by T.V. and radio broadcasters, cellular and paging providers, communications (such as Toronto Public Transportation, Traffic info), etc. - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

11 SkyPod (formerly known as "Space Deck") is the highest public observation point in the tower - it's just below the metal antenna at 446.5 metres (1,465 ft) SkyPod (formerly known as

SkyPod is the smaller sphere of the tower (you may not realize that the distance between the two spheres on the image is about 100 metres /330 ft) - Metal_Treasure

12 The main deck level is seven storeys, some of which are open to the public The main deck level is seven storeys, some of which are open to the public

The main deck/pod level is the big sphere of the tower. Open to the public here are: 360 Restaurant, the glass floor, outdoor observation deck, indoor observation deck, its roof (for 'The EdgeWalk') - Metal_Treasure

13 CN Tower holds the record for the World's highest glass floor paneled elevator, 346 metres (1,135 ft) CN Tower holds the record for the World's highest glass floor paneled elevator, 346 metres (1,135 ft)

Three out of the six glass-fronted elevators have another thrilling feature - they have glass panels in a portion of each elevator floor! If you think it's scary to stand on the Glass Floor, wait until you take a ride at 22 kilometres (15 miles) per hour, with glass under your feet! - Metal_Treasure

14 It holds the record for the World's highest bar - Horizons Restaurant - at 346 metres (1,135 ft)

This is different than the 360 Restaurant mentioned above (they are at different levels, the 360 Restaurant is at 351 m) - Metal_Treasure

15 The main pod of the tower is featured on the album cover of Drake's album Views

Where he sits on the cover art is not allowed - he is on the roof of the main pod where 'The EdgeWalk' happens. - Metal_Treasure

16 High-Speed elevators take you to the top in only 58 seconds!
17 The elevators speed is 22 kilometres (15 miles) per hour
18 The CN Tower holds the World Record for the World's longest metal staircase (2,579 steps)

A metal staircase reaches the main deck level after 1,776 steps, and after 2,579 steps - the SkyPod which is 100 m (328 ft) above the main deck level - Metal_Treasure

19 CN Tower held the record for the World's tallest tower for 34 years, from 1975 to 2009, when it was overtaken by the Canton Tower in Guangzhou, China
20 CN Tower held the record for the world's tallest free-standing structure for 32 years, from 1975-2007, when it was overtaken by Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Actually it held several world records for 30+ years (still holds some of them) - it was surpassed in the late 2000s which shows that it was much ahead of its time - Metal_Treasure

21 CN stands for Canadian National, the railway company that built the tower
22 In 1995, the CN Tower was declared one of the modern Seven Wonders of the World by the American Society of Civil Engineers
23 The tower contains 40,500 m3 (52,972 cu yd) of concrete
24 The construction costs of approximately CAD $63 million ($260 million in 2016 dollars) were repaid in fifteen years
25 There's also an Indoor Observation Level (later named Indoor Lookout Level), at 346 m (1,135 ft)
26 From the ground level to the main deck, the tower is a large tripod (with 3 large supporting legs), while above the main pod its shape is hexagonal

The base of the CN Tower looks like a large Y - Metal_Treasure

27 During the spring and autumn bird migration seasons, the lights would be turned off to mitigate bird mortality during their migration
28 CN Tower was completed for 3 years, from 1973 to 1976
29 CN Tower is featured in the American comedy film Canadian Bacon
BAdd New Item

Related Lists

Top 10 Interesting Facts About Toronto, Canada Top 10 Things to See in Downtown Toronto, Canada Best Cities In Canada East of Toronto Best Cities In Canada West of Toronto Top Ten Best Rides At Alton Towers

List Stats

29 listings
122 days old

Top Remixes

1. The CN Tower is 553 m (1,815 ft) high (equivalent of a 147 story building) and is the tallest freestanding structure in the Western Hemisphere. This Tower can be seen from 60 km (37 mi)
2. World's highest and largest revolving restaurant (360 Restaurant) is at 351 metres (1,152 ft) and completes a full rotation once every 72 minutes
3. The CN Tower is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Canada, with over 2 million international visitors annually
Metal_Treasure

WRemix

Error Reporting

See a factual error in these listings? Report it here.
P