Toronto’s CN Tower gets an upgrade after 42 years

It’s been a few years since I’ve been to the top of the CN Tower in Toronto, but I saw the news that announced on its 42nd birthday that it’s observation deck has undergone a $16 million renovation/

A new Glass Floor has been installed directly above the original which I suppose was starting to show its age. All I know, is that even though I know it’s perfectly safe, when you find yourself standing 346 metres (1,136 feet) above the ground, ,my brain tells me I’m in danger. Don’t even get me started on the EdgeWalk outside on the top of the tower. I don’t have a fear of heights, but I do have a fear of falling, so I’ll take a hard pass.

More interesting, is the observation deck will have new floor-to-ceiling glass “Window Walls” to provide unobstructed panoramic views which will be perfect for children and people with mobility challenges to fully enjoy the views of Toronto.

For those who want to linger, three new bistros are being added to the top of the tower, but I’d imagine most people are there for the views and not the food.

More interesting is a new Viewfinder App for mobile devices that helps users identify the Toronto landmarks below which is helpful if you’re not a local and have no idea what you’re looking at.

I’ve been to the top of the tower during the day time and at night and I’d say that night time is my favourite, but being there at sunset is pretty special so if you’ve only ever been up there once, it’s worth it to visit at a different time of day to get a different experience.

At a height of 553.33 metres (1,815 ft., 5 inches), Canada’s National Tower was once the tallest free-standing structure in the world. It’s long since been surpassed by other buildings, but it’s still an engineering wonder.  For all the details, visit www.cntower.ca. 

 

Travel ideas for Mother’s Day

My PR friends have asked me to share this information with you about Mother’s Day.

Insight Vacations celebrates Mother’s Day with trips for every type of globetrotting Mom

Insight Vacations celebrates Mother’s Day with vacations to Europe and beyond offering once-in-a-lifetime experiences for every mother or special woman.

“Insight Vacations’ unparalleled level of service ensures our Canadian clients are well taken care of so they can enjoy their exciting experiences abroad,” said Cris David, president, Insight Vacations Canada.

“We’ve curated the finest itineraries to showcase the best of each destination, from hidden gems to iconic attractions and our authentic and escorted journeys are the perfect gift for every deserving mother or special woman.”

The ‘fiery’ woman: Spain & Portugal in Style (www.insightvacations.com/ca/spain-and-portugal-in-style-summer-2016)

The fearless explorer: Scenic Iceland and the Northern Lights (www.insightvacations.com/ca/tours/scenic-iceland-and-the-northern-lights-winter-2016-2017)

The ‘life-affirmer’:Spirit of the North and South India (www.insightvacations.com/ca/spirit-of-north-and-south-india-summer-2016)

For more information, visit www.insightvacations.com, or contact an Insight Specialist at 1-888-726-6105.

InterContinental Toronto Centre offers its Luxe Life for Mom Package

Just in time for Mother’s Day, the InterContinental Toronto Centre offers a special package designed to pamper your mom. Here are the highlights:

  • A luxurious evening for two in a Feature Room with lake views
  • Champagne and chocolate covered strawberries in-room welcome amenity
  • Town car service to and from Holt Renfrew, Bloor Street West
  • Afternoon full tea for two at Holts Café
  • $250 gift certificate at Holts Renfrew
  • Manicure/pedicure or massage for Mom at Spa InterContinental
  • Room service breakfast in bed for two
  • 2:00 p.m. late checkout
  • Complimentary Wifi
  • Complimentary Valet Parking

The InterContinental Toronto Centre Luxe Life for Mom Package starts at $799 per night (a savings of 20 per cent) and is available on May 7, 2016, or purchased as a gift certificate for future use.

Reservations can be made at www.torontocentre.intercontinental.com or direct reservations within Canada and US can be made at 1-800-422-7969 and worldwide reservations at 1-800-327-0200.

Not the world’s longest street

Toronto’s Yonge Street was once thought to be the world’s longest street, but only if you consider Highway 11 as an extension of the road. Today, the Guinness Book of World Records has no such entry, but does have one for the world’s longest “motorable road” which it cites as the Pan-American Highway.