You can no longer get anywhere near the ticket counter or gift shop when you want to visit the CN Tower. Be prepared to line up like you do at the airport for a flight. You will have your bag thoroughly searched and must go through a metal detector before you can see the price of a ticket.
Spadina Street stretches out to the north and if you look carefully you can see its intersections with King and Queen. Most of the King-Spadina Heritage Conservation District is also visible of which a study is being conducted. Queen West, Kensington Market, Chinatown and the Entertainment District are all visible.
To the right are the unmistakeable forms of the blue Art Gallery of Ontario and the checkered pattern of the Ontario College of Art’s Sharp Centre for Design. North of that in the top right corner is the massive brutalist Robarts Library and the University of Toronto Campus. In the foreground the Ritz Carlton dominates the skyline apart from the very tall CN Tower.
From this point of view you can see how many more tall buildings we have – evidence that Toronto has more towers going up than any other city in North America. In the foreground, notice how large the Canadian National Exhibition grounds are and particularly how massive the Direct Energy conference centre is. It is the biggest squat square building in between the expressway and the lakeshore boulevard. And to the far right is the permanently sleepy Ontario Place. And finally I love how you can see the 32-year-deceased Hearn power plant on the other side of town in the barren port lands (reddish building with huge smokestack near water).
…with the Humber Bay area condos casting shadows across the lake and curvy Bremner Ave winding its way through CityPlace to the left of the tower.