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The CN Tower, Toronto, Canada

The CN Tower is a 553.33 m-high (1,815.4 ft) concrete communications and observation tower in downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada. When it was completed in 1976 it became the world’s tallest free-standing structure and the world’s tallest tower - both records it held for 34 years until the completion of the Burj Khalifa and the Canton Tower in 2010. It remains the tallest free-standing structure in the Western Hemisphere, a signature icon of Toronto’s skyline, and a symbol of Canada, attracting more than two million international visitors annually.            We visit Toronto a lot – it has a host of well organised running events including marathons in…

The Canadian National Exhibition (The CNE), Toronto, Canada

Friendly? 4 out of 5 Founded in 1879 the CNE has enjoyed a distinguished history as a showcase of Canada. It was “the place” where people came to experience the “best and the brightest” from the latest innovations in technology and commercial products, to the greatest artists of the time. Although the CNE has changed over the years it continues to be one of Ontario’s great annual traditions. The CNE is currently the seventh largest fair in North America and its audience truly reflects the diversity of Toronto and the…

Treetop Trekking at Brampton, Toronto, Canada

Friendly? 5 out of 5 We’d been to Go Ape in England and loved it, and since the Treetop Trekking experience appeared to be very similar, we decided to give it a go. Our session was due to last 3 hours, starting with a safety talk and culminating with an amazing 900 ft long twin zip ride over a lake. The course was a lot of fun, quite testing in places but within most people’s reach I’d say, as this short film we made shows… First of all, here’s a…

Planet Traveller Hostel, Toronto, Canada

Friendly? 2 out of 5 Planet Traveler touts itself as a very ‘green’ hostel. You can read all about it on their website - http://theplanettraveler.com/?page_id=5 It’s why I chose to stay there in the first place. And overall it was an ok place to stay. But I did have a few issues. Mostly, Toronto is a very fine place indeed. But there’s one thing that took me a while to get used to, and that’s the local habit of adding tax to a price on top of the price quoted. It…

The Holiday Inn Downtown, Toronto, Canada

Friendly? 2 out of 5 The Holiday Inn, Downtown (30 Carlton Street). The Holiday Inn is much nearer the downtown Toronto area than the Planet Traveller Hostel that we’ve also stayed at and reviewed, and if there are 2 of you sharing a room it doesn’t actually work out much more expensive. A very cramped double room at Planet Traveller, and every other hostel and cheap B & B in Toronto (I checked every one recommended in Lonely Planet, Trip Advisor and Rough Guide), is around 85 to 100 dollars,…

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