It took me 42 years to get my butt to the top of the CN Tower. Don’t be like me; the CN Tower is worth it.
I don’t know whether I just thought that it was too touristy or what, but although I’ve had many trips to Toronto over the past few years, getting to the top of the CN Tower always ended up being the attraction that got put aside to ‘next time’.
I actually was planning on doing the Tower on a Saturday morning during my trip to Toronto last fall. After a lacklustre bunless burger from Wahlburgers (really, the place is not very good…), I was out for a walk and after a rainy day, the weather had become picture perfect.
It was time.
(Keep this is mind: I’m scared to death of heights. Not so much flying, and I’m okay looking out windows; it’s looking down or seeing below my feet that gets to me.)
Here we go! I picked up my pass at the base of the tower and luckily the tower wasn’t its crazy busy self… I had no line ups at all to endure. I’m assuming that like Disney, the queue is designed to keep people moving and occupied, even when you end up waiting an hour for the elevator you don’t really mind – but I zoomed right through it. Like most attractions, you stop to have your photo taken so that on the way out you can buy some pricy personalized souvenirs. If the whole family was with me, I’d probably have bought them – but trust me, I took more than enough selfies to commemorate my first visit.
It was just coming on to dusk when I got to the observation deck. As I snapped a gazillion photos and took it all in, I really just wanted to sit and watch the sun go down, so I went over to Horizons and grabbed a window table. Not to be confused with 360, the fancier, upscale rotating restaurant a couple levels up that requires reservations, Horizons, according to the CN Tower website ‘serves up family-friendly tastes of Toronto neighbourhoods with big flavor and extraordinary views.’
That they did.
A glass of Prosecco and an excellent Chicken Ceasar Salad (without croutons) made up for that sad burger a couple hours earlier, and the price was reasonable, considering the location.
YONGE-DUNDAS CAESAR SALAD Focaccia croutons, smoked bacon, Parmesan cheese $10 (Add roast chicken $3.50)
As I sipped my bubbly, I was amazed at how tiny all of the planes looked that were coming and going from Billy Bishop Airport… I’ve flown in and out of there before and while yes, it’s a small airport, it looks downright tiny from the top of the CN Tower.
After the sun went down, I went back out to the observation area to see how the view changed. I think I made the best decision in going to the CN Tower when I did; getting to see both the day AND night views was awesome.
Then I saw it. I saw a group of people sitting down, posing for photos and I realized… they were on the glass floor. I almost lost my lunch (literally). Even now, months later, I think back at those ‘crazy people’ and my stomach flips. After 10 minutes of psyching myself up, this is as close as I got to the glass floor… and my foot wasn’t really touching. I almost died. Photos don’t show how freaking high up this is… trust me.
About half an hour later I got another burst of brave (yay Prosecco!) and I WENT OUTSIDE!
I totally did it for the selfie. If those metal screens weren’t there, there would have been no way I could have done this. I am pretty much holding myself up on that railing as I would have rather fallen to my knees and crawled back inside… but I’m brave, dammit.
(Yes, I know all about the Edgewalk. That, like the glass floor, is for crazy people.)
When I was finally done taking selfies, I decided it was time to get ready to take the elevator back down to Earth. I had tickets to see Trevor Noah for #JFL42 and I wasn’t being late for those dimples.
Then, the CN Tower punked me! Going dowwwwn: *queue Aerosmith*
(Clicky that play button in the video below and ride along with me)
I was ON A GLASS FLOOR! The elevator was so packed that there was no getting off it either. AND I SURVIVED!
I’m so damn brave.
Touristy or not, I’ll be returning to the CN Tower. It’s an amazing feeling, and really puts things in perspective, just cover those glass floors up, m’kay?
For all the details, tower stats, prices, menus, etc. visit the CN Tower website.