The CN Tower experience

Our Second stop was the Canadian National (CN) Tower. Interestly I had no idea that “CN” actually stood for something. As Canadians, the name CN tower roll off our tongues like CN is an actual word that’s found in the dictionary. As is quite common, we drove around for a bit in bumper to bumper traffic. It was rush hour. We were hoping to find parking nearby but upon hearing the cost for parking ($30) we drove a little distance to get it for cheaper. When we saw a yellow sign that read, “$13.50 for parking” we pulled into the narrow entrance, paid and drove down a steep tunnel to find a spot. We found one located near an exit so we parked, used the elevator to get to the main level and exited to the busy downtown streets.

We were now walking towards the CN tower with no exact knowledge of directions. After walking for almost 10 minutes I heard my cousin say, “where is the CN tower?” We looked at each other and laughed because this tower can be seen from miles and miles away. You can spot the tower while in other cities. But somehow we were as close as you could get and could not see it. We decided to raise our heads to the sky to locate only one of the highest towers in the world, and there it was standing like a giant above our heads!

We made our way to the location of the CN tower by following the signs that led us to the elevator. We pressed the first floor to arrive on ground level and even though we located the root of the tower we were still uncertain how to make our way inside. It took seconds to comprehend that we needed to walk behind the glass. It was reassuring though when we saw the lovely sign above our heads, “La tour CN tower”. So many years of wanting to visit this tower, and now I could actually see it. We made our way around a curve, had our photo taken, showed our tickets and off we went into the elevator. This elevator was going to take us all 1, 815.4 ft into the sky or maybe a little less since we weren’t going to the peak. In 1976, this tower was built as a communications and observation tower but only recently in the last decade did it become an actual tourist attraction. When this tower was first built, it was the world’s tallest free-standing structure and the world’s tallest tower. It held both records for 34 years. This tower is considered to be a signature icon of Toronto’s skyline and a symbol of Canada. Not surprisingly, in 1995 it was declared one of the modern seven wonders of the world.

On this Friday evening standing so many feet in the sky and looking over the city of Toronto and beyond I declared that I love Toronto. This city in fact is very beautiful. You see this from ground level, but you feel it at this altitude. In all the city’s I’ve seen, there’s no city like Toronto. And I love it here. I stay there for minutes staring out into beyonder. My cousin says, this is a place to clear your mind. I agreed.

So really, I think you can be a tourist anywhere, even in your very own country. Image

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Shauna-Kay Cassell

I was born in Jamaica and have been residing in Canada for over 20 years. I graduated with Honours Bachelor of Arts degree at University of Toronto, a Graduate Certificate in Public Administration at Seneca College, and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) at the University of the West Indies, Mona. I've worked for the former Ministry of Children ad Youth Services (now the Ministry of Children, Community, and Social Services). Now I'm a Court and Client Representative for the Ministry of the Attorney General. In my spare time, I write press releases, blogs, and news articles for different organizations, including my own website. I write about experiences about travelling, social justice issues, relationship and spirituality. Visit me at

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