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Being a Tourist in our Own City (The CN Tower Adventure)

So you may have noticed the super tall building that is the focal point in Toronto’s skyline.

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Summer, I miss you!!!

The CN Tower. The tallest freestanding structure in the western hemisphere (it was the tallest in the world until 2010), and one of the seven wonders of the modern world. Huge tourist attraction. Naturally you’d think since it is close by we would visit it all the time but no. When Evan and I did the Toronto Ghost Tour with Corey and Emily we were talking about other things we could do in the city and we discovered that neither Corey or Evan had ever been to the CN Tower before and both Emily and I hadn’t been there since we were very young.

We decided right then that the CN Tower was next on our list of things to do while we were being tourists in our own city. So that’s where we went on Sunday (after the gold medal hockey game of course).

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Tall.

We also decided that it could be another 30  years before any of us are back there so we might as well do the CN Tower right and go to the 360 Restaurant for lunch. It is a very pricey restaurant (by my standards, anyway). It’s $55 for the prix fixe lunch menu, which normally would be too rich for my blood, but that price did include a lift ticket to the top of the tower and access to the two observation decks, which is $30 on its own. So when you factor that in it’s not so bad. And we had to eat somewhere…

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Why not at a restaurant with a REVOLVING floor that gives you a 360 degree view of the city? (hence the name 360 Restaurant) The floor moves very slowly, so we only did about one and a half turns in the time we were there (slightly over an hour and a half I think). I felt like it was a good amount because if it had moved any faster I think we would have felt sick. By the end we all agreed we just had that feeling like we had been in the car for too long.

But it was a clear day and the views were ridiculous.

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Facing north, the Yonge Street corridor

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Looking northeast

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East along Lake Ontario

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South towards the US (and we could actually see Rochester NY!)

That little arrow that I’ve added is to point out the Natrel Rink where Hannah and I were skating last week.

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Facing southwest, Toronto Island airport to the left

So the views were just beautiful. I am very glad we ate up there. Definitely worth the price. If you’re in Toronto and are planning on doing the CN Tower thing, I highly recommend going to the restaurant. Lunch was pretty delicious also. Not only the most expensive lunch I have ever had, but also probably the biggest. It was a full three-course meal.

I started with the shaved Niagara prosciutto and sundried tomato crostini.

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Which was just amazing. And that on its own is probably just a bit less than what I usually eat for lunch.

For my main I chose the pan seared salmon and PEI mussels, with fingerling potatoes and some other vegetables kicking around

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It was good but it didn’t blow me away. I think only because it was salmon. I don’t think I have ever been blown away by salmon. Dessert was incredible though.

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Dark chocolate lava cake with milk chocolate ice cream. Seriously rich and seriously delicious. I was full after my main and that cake just did me in. It was so good I ate every last bite.

Once we finished lunching the four of us wandered (waddled) over to the observation decks. First up was the glass floor.

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Which is directly over the Ripley’s Aquarium that Evan and I went to on Valentine’s Day. Please note that is over 1000 feet down to the ground. I felt very brave standing on it. Evan has a bit of a height fear (I’d make fun of him but it’s how I feel about spiders so I understand), and he said that his legs turned to jello instantly when he was going to step onto the glass and he just couldn’t bring himself to do it. He told me later that he was really grateful I didn’t drag him onto the glass.

I probably would have, but I had a partner to go on it with me.

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A bunch of kids were lying down on it, and I considered this, but I was concerned with the amount of people walking on the glass with their dirty winter boots… The glass floor was definitely cool though.

And then we headed over to the lookout area…

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And took a bunch of romantic photos.

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The two photos above were taken with Corey’s DSLR if you are wondering about the jump in quality from my iPhone pics. Kind of makes me want to break out the good camera for future adventures. But I’m lazy.

There were some vidoes, etc. going on as well detailing how the CN Tower was built, so that was pretty interesting. It was built back in 1976, before even Corey was born! so the method was impressive. Coincidentally The Toronto Star just wrote an article about it yesterday, and said that it was built to last for 300 years.

Eventually we took the elevator back down to the base and explored the exhibits down there. Apparently the CN Tower is struck by lightning 75 times a year (shown in these pics!) and that is what the below photos are depicting…

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There was also a giant moose dressed like a mountie.

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Em’s just giving me a boost so I can ride it. She’s a good friend.

Being a tourist in your own city is a fun time! This winter is killing me softly, so indoor adventuring is key to keep the winter funk from creeping in. Next up, Casa Loma! Or possibly the art gallery. Orrr the museum. I’ll keep you posted.

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