Soaring 1,815 feet, 5 inches above ground, Toronto’s famous spike sprouted in 1975 and, for a long time, held the honor of being the world’s tallest free-standing structure. While it’s one of those obvious tourist sites that you might think twice about lining up for (visit in the early evening to avoid lines at the main entrance, but be prepared to wait 20 minutes to get in the elevator to go back down when you’re finished), it really does give an overview of Toronto that you can’t get anywhere else. It’s a good first-day activity to help you get your bearings. From up there, the temperature can be 10 degrees colder and the fifth-largest city in North America looks really large—skyscrapers stretch to the north, Lake Ontario glistens to the south. Other than the views, there are display areas with facts about the tall towers of the world. You can buy an extra ticket to get to the Sky Pod—the smaller ring at 1,465 feet. It’s smaller, but less overrun with hyper kids and harassed parents. We like the comparative calm of the sit-down restaurant on the main floor.
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Attractions & Landmarks
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