Saturday, June 30, 2007

CN Tower - Toronto

History of CN Tower
The CN Tower, located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, is a communications and tourist tower standing 553.33m (1,815 ft 5 in) tall. Since its completion in 1976, it has been the world's tallest free-standing structure on land; however, its status as the world's tallest building is contentious. It is considered the signature icon of the city, attracting more than two million international visitors annually.

CN originally referred to Canadian National, the railway company that built the tower. Following the railway's decision to divest non-core freight railway assets, prior to the company's privatization in 1995, the CN Tower was transferred to the Canada Lands Company (CLC), a federal Crown corporation responsible for real estate development.

Comparing the heights of other tall structures with CN tower.
  • KVLY-TV mast is the tallest structure on earth with 628 meters located on Traill County, North Dakota, USA. This structure is supported by cables.
  • Petornius platform standing on water is taller than CN tower at 610 meters located in New orleans, USA.
  • Sears tower is the tallest sky scraper with antenna at 527 meters located in Chicago, USA.
  • Eiffel tower is merely 324 meters, but truely a master piece located in Paris, France.
    If these facts interst you, read more about worlds tallest buildings and structures

    Road to CN tower
    It was a 150 Kms 2 hours drive for us. take a look at the satellite image of the CN Tower.

    Glass floor
    You can look down 342 m(1,122 ft) right below your feet. Many people experience acrophobia when they walk on this glass floor. It also has a cafe in this floor.
    At 1150 feet height 360 restaurant takes a full rotation once every 72 minutes. You can take a look at the whole city in about an hours time sipping your coffe.

    Skypod at 447 m (1465 ft) is the highest observation deck in the world. On a clear day you can see up to 120 Kms, including outline of lake Ontario and mist rising from Niagara falls.
    Skypod gives a spectacular view of the high rises of the city.
    Visitors love to spend most of their time here.

  • CN Tower is world's tallest free-standing structure on land. Made a detailed study on this claim and CN tower isnt the tallest free structure on earth (as i was told) its Petornius platform standing on water.
  • CN Tower is alomost twice as tall as Eiffel tower is.
  • this building is used in various games like Simcity 3000, Ace combat 5
  • CN Tower experiences lightning strikes 40 to 50 times a year
  • CN Tower is listed in Guinnes world records as tallest free standing structure.
  • This is one of the most important tourist place in Canada.
  • Tuesday, June 26, 2007

    Sony Cybershot DSC-N2 - Migration from 3 to 10 MP

    Switched from 3 Mega pixels to 10 Mega pixels Sony DSC N2

    Read the full review of Sony Cybershot DSC-N2 - Migration from 3 to 10 MP

    All photos (well almost) that you saw on my blogs so far were clicked by this camera. Probly Niagara trip was its last journey with me.

    Sunday, June 17, 2007

    Niagara falls

    This is one travel destination for which we had been waiting for months together.

    History of Niagara falls -
    Niagara Falls are a set of massive waterfalls located on the Niagara River in eastern North America, on the border between Ontario, Canada and New York State.
    While not exceptionally high, Niagara Falls is very wide. With more than 6 million cubic feet (168,000 m³) of water falling over the crestline every minute in high flow, and almost 4 million cubic feet (110,000 m³) on average, it is the most powerful waterfall in North America.

    Niagara Falls is renowned both for its beauty and as a valuable source of hydroelectric power for Ontario and New York. Preserving this natural wonder from commercial over-development, while allowing for the needs of the area's people, has been a challenging project for environmental preservationists since the 1800s. A popular tourist site for over a century, the Falls are shared between the twin cities of Niagara Falls, Ontario and Niagara Falls, New York.

    Nothing is more thrilling than to watch Niagara falls roaring infront of you. Ferry services like "Maid of the Mist" does exactly this. It takes you close to the falls. Raincoats are provided to keep you safe from loads of mist and water that falls on you when you go closer.

    It was a 182 Kms, a 3 hours dirve for us. Here is a google road map that we used to reach Niagara.

    Satellite view of Niagara falls

    View a live camera on Niagara falls

    Niagara looks equally bright and lit up in the night (check out the schedule on their site) with colorful lights. To add more to the beauty you can see wonderful fireworks display on friday and sunday nights at 10 PM. Check the schedule on their site as the timings vary throughout the year. Its another not to miss event in Niagara.

    Some interesting facts about Niagara falls
  • The first person to go over the Falls in a barrel and survive was a 63 year old female schoolteacher.
  • Niagara falls is 12,000 yrs old.
  • Every year over 12 million tourists visit Niagara.
  • Marilyn Monroe starrer "Niagara" was filmed in Niagara Falls in 1952.
  • In 1960, Roger Woodward was the boy who had survived a descent over the Falls after a boating accident above the Falls.
  • Niagara Falls Ontario Canada is known as the Honeymoon Capital of the world.
  • Until 1886, when the Statue of Liberty was erected, the Falls at Niagara were the symbol of America and the New World.
  • Visitors from all over the world targeted Niagara as a must-see during a visit to North America.

    To conclude,
    We had a wonderful time in Niagara. Its a must visit place if you happen to visit north american continent.