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Old 05-24-2012, 01:41 AM
 
Location: Rochester, New York
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Hi I’m interested in the CN Tower, it’s one of the most prominent buildings in all of Canada but there is remarkably little information about it. Does the CN tower serve any other function other than communications? Also is it affiliated with the Canadian national railways company like the one in Edmonton?
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Old 05-24-2012, 01:52 AM
 
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It's a great place to eat - or scare the boogers out of yourself as Rick Mercer and Jann Arden did - so first off - hilarious video from the top: http://youtu.be/3KkK35y8MAA

As you said, originally it was a communications tower and it was built by CN - not sure if it still is used for communications or not:


More here, including an old photo!:
A Brief Overview of the CN Tower
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Old 05-24-2012, 05:21 AM
 
Location: WNY
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Home - CN Tower | La Tour CN

From that site there is a menu that runs left to right across the top. Click on "Plan your Visit" and then "Attractions"

and make sure to check this page of the site. http://www.cntower.ca/en-CA/What-s-U...-and-Tips.html

It is still used for communications. Some of the Radio stations frequently mention it "broadcasting from atop the CN tower"
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Old 05-24-2012, 05:26 AM
 
Location: WNY
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Oh and I was at a Pink Floyd concert at the Skydome( can't get used to the new name) and near me was a big box about the size of a train car.

In the middle of the concert the top of this box opened up and things moved and a giant disco ball formed above it. Then laser beams shot down from the CN tower and bounced off it and did an amazing light show..
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Old 05-24-2012, 08:33 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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It's a great place to eat - or scare the boogers out of yourself as Rick Mercer and Jann Arden did - so first off - hilarious video from the top: RMR: Rick and Jann Arden on the CN Tower Edgewalk - YouTube

As you said, originally it was a communications tower and it was built by CN - not sure if it still is used for communications or not:


More here, including an old photo!:
A Brief Overview of the CN Tower
CN, although a railway company originally and also at the moment, at one point had operations in areas that went far beyond just trains. For example, they had a large telecommunications section for a long time (interestingly enough in partnership with Canada's other main railway, CP).
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Old 05-24-2012, 10:46 AM
 
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CN, although a railway company originally and also at the moment, at one point had operations in areas that went far beyond just trains. For example, they had a large telecommunications section for a long time (interestingly enough in partnership with Canada's other main railway, CP).
And hotels as well. Canadian Pacific bought CN Hotels, and they later changed their named to Fairmont.
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Old 05-24-2012, 11:13 AM
 
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Its also not free to go up. Think it was $25 a few years ago maybe more now..
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Old 05-28-2012, 11:15 PM
 
Location: Rochester, New York
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First of all thanks for all the prompt replies! I enjoyed reading the articles that you linked; and thanks for posting the clip from RMR, I’ve actually learned quite a lot about Canada just from watching his show online.

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Its also not free to go up. Think it was $25 a few years ago maybe more now..

https://tickets.cntower.ca/WebStore/...nd=LandingPage


Also could anyone give me advice about what ticket to get? Which ticket should I buy if I want just want to look get a good view of the city and the surrounding areas? What is the difference between the skypod and the observation deck+glass floor? I take it the skypod is the smaller pod at the base of the spire…I didn’t realize they let you go up there. Is one part better then the other? Which one gives you the best view?
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Old 06-22-2012, 12:38 PM
 
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they have a new amusement where you can hang off the side of the cn tower! not for the faint of heart!!
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Old 06-22-2012, 05:35 PM
 
Location: Thornhill, Ontario
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The area where the CN Tower was built was a giant railway yard that was owned by--you guessed it--CN, but most of that was taken away in the 1980's.

You also wouldn't catch me doing that Edge Walk thing!
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