Tips for Visiting the CN Tower in Toronto

CN Tower Entrance Plaza
CN Tower Entrance Plaza - Photo by Dustin Fuhs

Being a local in Toronto means that we’re able to share things that most tourists may not know to expect. The CN Tower is one of the most visited attraction in Canada, which is saying a lot when we’ve got beavertails and Tim Hortons;) 

Let’s talk about the tips and tricks to having a memorable experience at Toronto’s postcard backdrop, the CN Tower! 


7 Tips for Visiting Toronto’s CN Tower

Start with expectations

Knowing ahead of time that you’re going to be visiting the headliner experience for families, students and travellers from all over the world will give you respect for the situation. It’s important to be aware of the lines, the pricing (and discounts available), and what you should be expecting. 

Budget Accordingly

Just a simple Google search will save you a lot of money, so why would you pay full price when you don’t have to? In fact, the first item on Google is a link to the CN Tower’s official website that lists a bunch of discounts available! 

  • Sea to Sky is a combination offer with Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada and elevation for the CN Tower. 
  • CityPASS is available in Toronto.  When you’re planning to do multiple attractions in the city, why not combine them and save money? Most folks are familiar with this pass, as you can buy it for experiences in 14 cities around North America! 
  • You can also find discounts at Ontario Tourism Information Centres, so before you spend money…look in brochures! Always be aware of the fine print because I’ve been burned before on the “this offer cannot be accepted on a mobile device” coupon. 

Choose Options Ahead of Time 

Do you want to do the EdgeWalk? What about a meal at 360 Restaurant? 

Reservations are required in advance, so showing up and expecting a walk-up may work out well…but it may also leave you out to lunch. 

Hours of Operations

Tour Buses at the CN Tower
Tour Buses at the CN Tower – Photo by Dustin Fuhs

Okay, so this is a huge part of this article! Show up early in the day or late at night, but you really want to avoid mid-day due to the sheer number of student and visitor groups. 

Do a simple click through to the official CN Tower website to confirm the hours for the day of your visit. 

Security

You will be required to go through security screening prior to getting your tickets and getting on the elevator. Knowing that you’re going to spending time in a few different lines will prepare you for the time commitment of the CN Tower. It’s not like you’re going to be in and out in 20 minutes! 

Other venue policies to take note of is available on the official page, including bag size restrictions, service animals and prohibited items. 

Climb the CN Tower

I’ve done it and have the t-shirt to prove it! 

There are two organizations that use the CN Tower climb as a fundraising activity: 

  • United Way in November – https://www.unitedwaygt.org/up 
  • WWF World Wildlife Fund in April – link

Have fun and Don’t Stress about Photos

The best photos from the CN Tower don’t come from your trip to the top…they come from various spots around the city. 

There’s one exception to this – the Glass Floor! Don’t worry about breaking the glass though because apparently…it can support 14 large hippos (or me after an all-you-can-eat sushi lunch!) 

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Hope this was helpful! If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out via social and we’ll try to help out! 

Dustin Fuhs
I’m Dustin Fuhs, a theme park fanatic, blogger, travel influencer and corgi lover! This platform was created to showcase my passion, tools and opinions to create a fun and interactive experience for everyone who visits. My goal is to help you and your family have the best possible information. In reading my articles and ideas, I hope that you can find some fantastic ways to bring your dreams into reality!