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Toronto attractions reopening: CN Tower, Ripley’s Aquarium now open


TORONTO, ON., July 23, 2021 – A sure sign that Toronto is regaining a sense of itself, is the reopening of some of its biggest tourist attractions. And not one single attraction in Toronto or Canada for that matter is as renowned as the CN Tower, which announced its reopening today.

Mayor Tory was on hand along with Anita Anand Minister of Public Services & Procurement to help re-open the doors of the CN Tower to the public. During the ceremony they announced a $21-million renovation to modernize the Outdoor Terrace Level at our #CNTower for enhanced accessibility that guests can enjoy year-round.

The CN Tower’s social media release reads, “Need a lift? We are excited to welcome guests back to the CN Tower’s observation levels! The CN Tower will be open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.”

Meanwhile, another hugely popular attraction to both tourists and Toronto area residents alike, Ripley’s Aquarium, located right at the base of the CN Tower, will open its doors on Saturday, July 23, 2021.

Aquarium of Canada is o-fish-ally reopening! 🐠 We know we’ve kept you all waiting, but after eight long months of closures, we are excited to announce that the Aquarium will be open to on Saturday, July 24th!

To ensure physical distancing within the building, CN Tower admission will be limited to timed tickets only. Buying online in advance will allow you to better secure your desired date and time of visit. Guests can purchase tickets up to 30 days ahead of visiting. If you want to upgrade your ticket to access SkyPod, at 33 storeys higher than the observation level, this can be done online or onsite pending availability.

Ticket sales will also be available onsite and can be purchased from our self-serve kiosks, located on the west side of our entrance plaza. Self-serve kiosks accept all major debit and credit cards. Timed tickets for observation are now on sale online. Buy Tickets Now

EdgeWalk bookings are now also available to reserve through Book EdgeWalk Now.

The always popular iconic dining spot, 360 Restaurant will be reopening for dining July 29. Reservations can now be made for lunch or dinner for visits beginning July 29. “We are excited to welcome guests back,” said Peter George, COO of the CN Tower. “We are working to ensure that all measures are in place to provide our guests with a safe, comfortable and thrilling experience.”

In order to meet or exceed the recommendations of public health authorities and the Government of Ontario, the CN Tower has assessed the building from bottom to top and made adjustments to ensure physical distancing is achieved throughout the building and guest experience. The guest flow, including elevator capacity has been reimagined to avoid bottlenecks anywhere they might occur. 

Among the safety measures in place at the CN Tower are:

  • Cleaned, disinfecting and treatment of our entire facility, including public and staff-only areas as well as our ventilation systems, with anti-microbial shield
  • Conducted enhanced cleaning and disinfection of high-frequency touchpoints, using electrostatic disinfectant spray system, as well as hand disinfecting of high-touch and difficult-to-clean areas
  • On an ongoing basis, we have introduced a dramatically enhanced cleaning and sanitization regimen
  • Reconfigured or eliminated queuing to allow for physical distancing
  • Installed floor decals and signage throughout the building and property to reinforce physical distancing
  • Reduced overall capacity
  • Moved to timed ticketing only
  • Implemented a policy that mandates wearing a mask or face covering for everyone entering the building
  • Installed hand sanitizer stations throughout the facility
  • Where possible, staff members are separated from guests by 2 m or by a plexiglass divider

For guests who have questions regarding tickets they have already purchased, please contact our team at tickets@cntower.ca

The CN Tower also recently announced that it has been awarded the #SafeTravels Stamp by the World Travel & Tourism Council. The Safe Travels Stamp is an international symbol designed to allow travellers to recognize governments and companies around the world, which have adopted health and hygiene, standardized protocols – so consumers can experience ‘Safe Travels’.

Ripley’s Aquarium reopens Saturday, July 24, 2021

Upon reopening, the Ripley’s Aquarium’s hours will be 10:00am – 8:00pm, 7 days a week. These hours are subject to change as we move forward. Please continue to check our website for updates.

Just like the CN Tower, for capacity control purposes, Ripley’s requires ONLINE RESERVATIONS for guests who will be required to reserve tickets with a specific timeframe. ANNUAL PASS HOLDERS WILL NOT REQUIRE A RESERVATION.

Tickets went on sale Monday, July 19th and Ripley’s Aquarium advises guests to continue to check their social media platforms and website for the on-sale time.

The selected time on the ticket also indicates your 60-minute arrival window. There is no limit to how long you can stay at the Aquarium. Timed entries ensures that provincial capacity requirements are adhered to allowing for guests to enjoy the exhibits two metres apart, as well as giving the Ripley’s Team Members space to continuously clean and sanitize areas.

Ticket Extensions: If you have previously purchased tickets that have not been used, they will be automatically extended in our system to June 30th, 2022 and you do not need to make a reservation to enter the aquarium.

Check out their instagram post for more details or visit https://www.ripleyaquariums.com/canada/.

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