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CN Tower – 15 September 2015

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Our second sightseeing day started with the train journey on the GO Transit from Port Credit to Toronto Union Station. A short walk from Union Station took us to the CN Tower.

CN Tower from ground level

CN Tower from ground level
15 September 2015

In Toronto the area south of the railway tracks near to Union Station are known as the Railway Lands. As the CN (Canadian National) and the CP (Canadian Pacific) railways moved their support operations out-of-town, the land became available for redevelopment. The most iconic and tallest building is the CN Tower. Construction started in 1972 and completed in 1976. Until 2007 the CN Tower was the tallest unsupported structure in the world.

Approaching the CN Tower, there is a water feature that represents leaping salmon, called Salmon Run by the artist Susan Schelle. This area between the CN Tower and the Skydome (now called the Rogers Centre) was named the Bobbie Rosenfeld Park in 1991.

Salmon Run

Salmon Run
15 September 2015

As we had purchased Toronto Pass tickets in Casa Loma we already had discounted admission to the main part of the tower. However we queued for tickets to Skypod. Passing from the entrance lobby to the lifts, we passed a life-sized moose dressed as a Canadian Mountie.

Leaving the lifts in the main viewing level, the whole of downtown Toronto was spread out. To the south is Lake Ontario, east and west is the lakeshore, whilst to the north the city is spread out towards Casa Loma and beyond. Next to the CN Tower to the west is Skydome, the home of the Blue Jays baseball team. This was bought by Rogers Communications in 2005 and renamed the Rogers Centre.

Skydome, now Rogers Centre

Skydome, now Rogers Centre
15 September 2015

From the main visitor area, there is a short lift ride to Skypod further up the tower. From there the participants of The EdgeWalk can be seen. Added to the tower on the roof of the 360 Restaurant this provides a barrier free walk around the outside of the tower.

EdgeWalk

EdgeWalk
15 September 2015

Visible from the tower is the redevelopment of the Toronto Harbour. No longer the industrial wharves, now there is a marina, the WestJet Harbourfront Centre, the Power Plant Gallery and the landing stage for tourist trips round the harbour.

Toronto Harbour

Toronto Harbour
15 September 2015

With lunchtime approaching, we decided to treat ourselves to a meal in the 360 Restaurant. Sitting at your table, the view is constantly changing, taking around an hour to complete a full revolution.

360 Restaurant

360 Restaurant
15 September 2015

Finally, returning to the past use of the land, to the west of the CN Tower are the siding were the GO Transit trains are stabled during the day when not required.

GO Transit trains

GO Transit trains
15 September 2015

To the east is Toronto Union Station which is currently undergoing extensive development.

Toronto Union Station

Toronto Union Station
15 September 2015

Once we got to the bottom of the tower we visited the souvenir shop prior to heading across the road to the Toronto Railway Museum, based on the remaining extant roundhouse. More of that visit another time.

Author: Stewart

An instrumentation engineer who enjoys photography and singing. Working in the West of Scotland; a member of St Mary's Cathedral Glasgow and Southwark Cathedral; and a volunteer guard/signalman on the Ffestiniog Railway in North Wales.

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