We took in the view of Toronto from atop the CN Tower last Friday. It was our third tower excursion of this trip, after the Skydeck in the Thousand Islands and the tower on the Olympic Stadium in Montreal. It was also the tallest of the three at 1815 ft.

The CN Tower (Toronto, 2012)
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What is it about climbing to the top of things? For me, the big attraction is the perspective you get when you look at a new place from above. All of a sudden, you are presented with the big picture -- the roads, the landmarks, the scenery -- it's like looking at a beautiful map of the area. You real can see the forest instead of just the trees. Or the city instead of the buildings, depending on where you are, of course.

View of the lakefront from the top of the CN Tower (Toronto, 2012)
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Our girls seem to enjoy the towers too, no matter how frustrating it is to get to the top (or back to the ground!). The fast elevators, the thrill of being up so high, the feeling of the wind in their hair, the fun of playing with those coin-operated telescopes that we never let them actually put any money into...

At the CN Tower, they were especially enthusiastic about the section of glass floor that has been installed in a small portion of the tower. I thought they would be afraid to stand on a pane of glass and look down 1135 feet, but they were quite thrilled. They stood, they sat, they lay down, they posed for pictures. I practically had to drag them away.

By the way, I just read that the 1000 Islands Skydeck is for sale. So, for a cool $2.5 million, you could own your own tower. I can vouch for the great view.