Day 22: Toronto ON

by Elinordin July. 20, 2011 1029 views

We all slept well on comfy beds last night and ready to visit Toronto, the provincial city of Ontario and the largest city in Canada. This is D's and my second time visiting the city.

Even though the sky was clear, we didn't see the blue sky in the big city like this. The pollution was not as bad as in LA though!

Yup, we were visiting CN Tower!

When it was completed in 1976, at 553m, it held record of the the world's tallest free-standing structure for 34 years until the completion of Burj Khalifa.

D and I have been to CN Tower's main observation deck before, so this time D bought tickets to the Sky Pod.

D was pointing to the Sky Pod :P

It was a looong queue for the elevator!

We waited for more than an hour!

They upgraded this feature in 2008… adding a glass floor panel in the elevator! Don't look down if you're afraid of heights. Heh!

I guess they have to keep on adding this sort of feature to attract visitors since it's no longer the highest tower. For example, this August, the CN Tower will open the EdgeWalk, where you can walk on and around the roof of the main pod of the tower!!

I told the kids that I was outside of PETRONAS Twin Towers, at its 82nd floor open balcony, when they had not yet sealed one glass panel of the wall!! A thrilling experience indeed! That's the privilege of working in the Twin Towers when it was still under construction :)

When we arrived at the main pod of the observation deck, we took the stairs to go one floor down to its glass floor view. Don't look down, just look at the camera! Hah!

We had not experienced this during our last visit as they opened this 23.8 square meters of glass floor in 1994. Seeing too many people were standing on this, I couldn't help but wonder how much weight can this solid glass bear?!!

Overcome your fear of heights by standing here and look down to enjoy the view of those tiny cars :P

Not a problem at all for the kids!

Checking out the view of the Outdoor Terrace, on the same level as the Glass Floor view.

We went back up to the main pod but did not spend a long time there.

From the main pod, it was another queue to the Sky Pod! It's the 4th highest public observation deck in the world. Hmm… CN Tower still claims as the world's highest.

It was definitely a much better view of Toronto from this Sky Pod.

They say on a clear day, it is possible to see the city of Rochester,USA across Lake Ontario.

With the shadow of CN Tower.

With Rogers Centre Stadium, home to the Toronto Blue Jays.

In 1995, the CN Tower was declared one of the modern Seven Wonders of the World by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Downtown Toronto

While waiting for the Sky Pod elevator, D was still admiring the view from that hole. Heh!

It wasn't easy to strike a pose with the tall building, eh? It was more difficult for the photographer though :P

Since we still had some extra time, we walked around towards Chinatown.

After that, NIK AI drove along the Yonge Street as Farhan wanted to see the longest street in the world at 1896 km or 1178 miles as mentioned in the 1999 Guinness Book of World Records. Later we found out that it's only about 50km in length from Ontario lakeshore, because of road realignment. But we did not drive the whole length.

We passed by the busiest part of Yonge Street, the Dundas Square.

Mini Times Square eh? :P

We then remembered that we have not completed our mission of touching all the 5 Great Lakes, the only one left was Lake Ontario! D then drove towards this Cherry Beach… and ..

HEY, WE TOUCHED LAKE ONTARIO..

Mission accomplished! Yeay :)

We touched the rest of the 4 Great Lakes when we were in Michigan, which is bounded by four of the five Great Lakes.
Lake Huron [photoblog.com], Lake Superior [photoblog.com], Lake Michigan [photoblog.com], and Lake Erie [photoblog.com]

Goodbye CN Tower!

Leaving downtown Toronto among the rush hour traffic.

We stayed overnight at Comfort Inn in Mississauga.

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Elinordin 9 years, 8 months ago

I'm happy to share our journey with all of you :)

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