If you are planning a trip to Toronto, you should visit one of it’s most famous landmarks and signature icons of its skyline, the CN Tower. Located in downtown Toronto, it stands at 553.33m (1,815ft5in). The idea of the CN Tower originated from the 1968 Canadian National Railway’s desire to build a large TV and radio communication platform to serve the Toronto area, as well as demonstrate the strength of Canada and Canadian industry. It continues to be used as a communications tower for a number of different media and by numerous companies.
Here are fifteen interesting facts about the tower.
1. The CN Tower was declared one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World in 1995.
2. Its name “CN” originally referred to Canadian National, the railway company that built the tower.
3. It took 1,537 workers working 24 hours a day, five days a week, approximately 40 months to build at a cost of CA$63 million.
4. Its claim as the tallest structure in the world was surpassed on September 12, 2007, by the Burj Khalifa and the Guangzhou TV & Sightseeing Tower in 2009.
14. On a clear day, visitors to the CN Tower’s observation deck can see over 160 kilometers (100 miles)—all the way to Niagara Falls and across Lake Ontario to New York State.
15. It attracts more than two million international visitors annually.