There are iconic skylines across the world that are picturesque. Think New York, Sydney, Tokyo. While these are legendary for their own reasons, Toronto, Ontario, Canada is definitely the crown jewel of Canadian skylines. Featuring waves of massive towers and office buildings galore, the photo bait of the Toronto skyline is definitely the combination of the CN Tower and The Rogers Centre. Two engineering marvels built in the 70’s and 80’s, these two structures make the Toronto skyline special. I spoke with, an online travel agency based in Canada, to learn more about these two iconic landmarks. cities across the globe to better inform their customers about tourism options.
The CN Tower
Constructed in 1976, the CN Tower held the title of tallest free-standing structure and tallest tower for 34 years. The tower itself was built by Canadian National, hence the name CN Tower, on railway lands along the Toronto waterfront. It remained CN property until 1995, when it became property of Canada Lands Company. 1995 also saw the tower named as a part of the modern Seven Wonders Of The World. The CN Tower is a huge tourism draw according to FlightHub, attracting two million visitors annually. Tourists can enjoy attractions like the CN Tower’s glass floors, EdgeWalk, Horizons Restaurant, and the exclusive 360 Restaurant. This restaurant slowly rotates, providing a 360 view of Toronto’s downtown core.
The Rogers Centre
Originally known as the much cooler sounding SkyDome, The Rogers Centre was opened in 1989 to be the home of a new domed stadium for Toronto sports teams and other events. It’s main tenant, Major League Baseball’s Toronto Blue Jays, continue to play at the Rogers Centre. Like the CN Tower, The Rogers Centre is built on railway lands on Toronto’s waterfront. What makes the Rogers Centre famous in terms of architecture is its fully retractable and motorized roof, a first for a stadium, that takes roughly 20 minutes to open or close. In addition to the attraction of seeing baseball in the shadow of the massive CN Tower, the Rogers Centre features a hotel that allows occupants to watch baseball from the comfort of a suite. In terms of historic moments at the Rogers Centre, the stadium was home to the Toronto Blue Jays’ back to back World Series wins in 1992 and 1993 according to FlightHub.