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CN Tower

We arrived on time in Toronto-Pearson International. It's a nice little walk to passport control. The lines were not that bad waiting to go thru customs. We headed downstairs to the baggage claim area. Our bags were among the first to come around on the belt. Which was really nice. Next we had to pick up our car from Avis. Had to walk outside the terminal and across the street to the rental area. All  rental car company's are located here. We had to wait about thirty minutes for our car. They were waiting for the cars to arrive and be cleaned before they could give it to us. It was the same for the gentleman ahead f us too. Finally we loaded up the car and it's off to downtown and our hotel.

View from the CN Tower

You take the 427 south to QEW(Queen Elisabeth Way), take the QEW East into Toronto and we had to exit at the Bay Street exit.  The traffic here is crazy and you better learn how to fit in here.  Everyone is in a hurry and on the move. You have to pay attention to the signs, the right lane always seems to be an exit only. Construction, Construction, and Constuction. It's going on all over the city. Just be prepared for stop and go traffic and be paitent.

We made it to the hotel with no problems. The service was good. Checking in was ok. When ask if we wanted to upgrade for $30.00 for a waterfront view and I said no, the frontdesk person got an attitude with me. We ere not going to be sitting infront of the window looking at the water. You are only going to be sleeping there.

View from the CN Tower, Rogers Center
Anyway, the bellhop took our luggage upstaris for us. We stayed in room 2045 with a view of the Rogers Centre and CN Tower. The room was clean and decorated nicely and had a Plasma TV also. The beds were extremly comfortable!!! Felt good after a long day of travel. We put our luggage away, cleaned up and it was off to the CN Tower. To park your car in the hotel garage with valet parking was $40.00 a day...WHAT!! I do not think so. Or,, you could park a block and a half away for $20.00 a day. Not much better but will take it. The walk was not bad a t all.

The CN Tower - Before we left I bought the Toronto CIty Pass booklet. It included the CN Tower, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto Zoo, Ontario Science Centre, and Casa Loma. We had plans to use four out of the five coupons but only used three.

Mike
The price of the booklet was $53.00. Make sure if you use your CIty Pass donot tear out the coupons. Take the whole booklet with you. At the tower the coupon gets you to the Observation Deck and glass floor at 114 stories. Pay an addtional $9.00 and you go up to the Skypod at 147 stories. The highest observation deck in the world. The views were spectacular!!

Construction on the CN Tower began on February 6, 1973 with massive excavations at the tower base for the foundation. By the time the foundation was complete, 56,000 t (61,729 ST; 55,116 LT) of dirt and shale were removed to a depth of 15 metres (49.2 ft) in the centre, and a base incorporating 7,000 cubic metres (9,156 cu yd) of concrete with 450 tonnes (496 ST; 443 LT) of rebar and 36 tonnes (40 ST; 35 LT) of steel cable had been built to a thickness of 6.

Me
7 metres (22.0 ft). This portion of the construction was fairly rapid, with only four months needed between the start and the foundation being ready for construction on top.

To build the main support pillar, a hydraulically-raised slipform was built at the base. This was a fairly impressive engineering feat on its own, consisting of a large metal platform that raised itself on jacks at about 6 metres (19.7 ft) per day as the concrete below set. Concrete was poured continuously by a team of 1,532 people until February 22, 1974, during which it had already become the tallest structure in Canada, surpassing the recently built Inco Superstack, which was built using similar methods. In total, the tower contains 40,500 cubic metres (52,972 cu yd) of concrete, all of which was mixed on-site in order to ensure batch consistency.

View thru the glass floor to the street below
Through the pour, the vertical accuracy of the tower was maintained by comparing the slip form's location to massive plumb-bobs hanging from it, observed by small telescopes from the ground. Over the height of the tower, it varies from true vertical accuracy by only 29 millimetres (1.1 in).

In August 1974, construction of the main level commenced. Using 45 hydraulic jacks attached to cables strung from a temporary steel crown anchored to the top of the tower, twelve giant steel and wooden bracket forms were slowly raised, ultimately taking about a week to crawl up to their final position. These forms were used to create the brackets that support the main level, as well as a base for the construction of the main level itself.
Mike on the glass floor
The Sky Pod was built of concrete poured into a wooden frame attached to rebar at the lower level deck, and then reinforced with a large steel compression band around the outside.

The antenna was originally to be raised by crane as well, but during construction the Sikorsky S-64 Skycrane helicopter became available when the United States Army sold off theirs to civilian operators. The helicopter, named "Olga", was first used to remove the crane, and then flew the antenna up in 36 sections. The flights of the antenna pieces were a minor tourist attraction of their own, and the schedule was printed in the local newspapers. Use of the helicopter saved months of construction time, with this phase taking only three and a half weeks instead of the planned six months.

Me on the glass floor
The tower was topped off on April 2, 1975 after 26 months of construction, officially capturing the height record from Moscow's Ostankino Tower, and bringing the total mass to 118,000 tonnes (130,073 ST; 116,136 LT).

Two years into the construction, plans for Metro Centre were scrapped, leaving the tower isolated on the Railway Lands in what was then a largely abandoned light-industrial space. This caused serious problems for tourists to access the tower. Ned Baldwin, project architect with John Andrews, wrote at the time that "All of the logic which dictated the design of the lower accommodation has been upset," and that "Under such ludicrous circumstances Canadian National would hardly have chosen this location to build."

Dundas and Yonge Street - Were the two strrets meet is the place to hang out and have a good time.

Dundas and Yonge Streets
It's like a mini timew square. huge billboards, neon lights, and street performers. There is a Eaton Centre a huge indoor mall along with other outside vendors and shops, and of course plenty a restaurants, cafe's and street vendors. The diversity of the people living here gives you many choices of foods to try. We at Red Lobster at the Atrium Centre. The seafood here is always good and again they did not let us down. The service was great. Tuan was our waiter and introduced himself by shaking our hand and wanted to know our name too. He took the time to talk with us and showed us a few really good magic tricks...lol. It was nice and we enjoyed it. We noticed other waiters introducing themselves the same way. The management must be very good here and it shows.

It was time to go back to the hotel and get some sleep. It was 8:00pm and we had both been up since 3:00am. We had another long day tomorrow as we were driving to Niagara Falls. The first day in Toronto was FANTASTIC!!

blondofborg says:
Excellent blog. Informative and entertaining. Thanks!
Posted on: Nov 08, 2010
vulindlela says:
Good info on the tower construction!
Posted on: Sep 27, 2009
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