The Canadians Have the Tallest Tower in the West

The Canadians Have the Tallest Tower in the West

We’ve already explored the tallest tower in Europe, but what about the tallest tower in the entire western hemisphere? That honor belongs to the CN Tower in Toronto Canada. This tower was built out of concrete and completed in 1976. It measures in at 1,815.3 feet or 553.3 meters making it the tallest free-standing structure from 1975 until 2007, and the tallest tower from 1976 until 2009. Also, the American Society of Civil Engineers dubbed the CN Tower one of the modern Seven Wonders of the World in 1995.

“CN” stands for Canadian National which was the name of the railway company that originally built the tower on the former Railway Lands. Its height and placement allow it to be seen from at least 37 miles away in Oshawa. The magnificence of this tower leads to more than 2 million international visitors per year.

If you’re a thrill seeker, you may be interested in EdgeWalk that was opened in 2011. EdgeWalk allows visitors to walk on top of the roof (at about 1,500 feet or 457.2 meters) without a handrail. Visitors are tethered to an overhead rail system though for safety reason. If this sounds like a joy to you, you’ll want to plan accordingly as they do not allow EdgeWalk to operate in the winter, nor when there are storms or high winds happening.

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