It’s Day Two of Paul and Jamie’s ‘research trip’ to Toronto, with our friends at British Airways and 1Leisure.

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The first Canadian Breakfast Show is coming to an end (after managing to grab around three hours’ sleep) 1am Toronto time until 5am. Emily ran things to perfection back at Dodnor Park on the Isle of Wight, with no bitterness towards us whatsoever. Not one bit.

Once the show finished, we managed to grab a few more hours sleep, before setting ourselves up for the day with a full breakfast at our Sheraton Parkway hotel.

Today’s activities started with a trip to Downtown Toronto. Our first stop was at Toronto Harbour, which allowed us to take a stunning photograph of the city’s skyline – with the CN Tower standing proud. We also found out that many films are shot in this area making it known as the ‘northern Hollywood’.

We then met our guide for the afternoon – Eduardo. And what he doesn’t know about Toronto isn’t worth knowing. We made our way into the city and discovered the infamous ‘underground’ which stretches out more than 28km! Eduardo told us that it is one of the most impressive underground cities in the world. And when temperatures drop during the winter months, everyone spends most of their time below ground, enjoying the restaurants, shops and travel connections. We also had chance to see the infamous ‘Toronto’ sign and take the obligatory selfie.

Eduardo also took us to an incredible indoor food market, with cheeses, fruit, meat and other delights on offer from around the world.

Indoor Market

From there, we visited Rogers Media – home to several radio stations in Toronto – where we were given a tour and sat in on the Adam Wylde afternoon show at 92.5fm Kiss.

Having seen how the Canadians do radio, we made our way a few blocks down to the CN Tower.

It stands at 1,815ft (553 metres) high and provides stunning panoramic views of Canada. And between 1975 and 2007, it was regarded as the tallest freestanding structure in the world (and then Dubai’s Burj Khalifa was built).

It is considered as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers – and it easy to see why.

View from the CN Tower

The tower’s height provides incredible views of the city below, but it also serves a practical purpose by helping to improve radio and television transmission broadcasts.

Arriving at the Tower – with a sore neck after looking up at the structure the whole way there – we are met with four observation areas to choose from – the Glass Floor room, the Look Out Level, the revolving 360 The Restaurant and the Sky Pod – which at 1,465 feet (446 metres) is one of the highest public observation area in the world.

Live from the CN Tower in Toronto, Canada 🇨🇦

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The elevators took us to the Look Out Level in less than 60 seconds.

The Edge Walk allows the daring to experience the world’s highest hands-free external walk on a building – which neither Paul or Jamie were brave enough to test.

Connected via harness, participants can take a walk on a 5ft-wide ledge encircling the top of the tower’s main pod, 116 stories above the ground.

View from the CN Tower

Since 1994, the Glass Floor has been one of the CN Tower’s must-see attractions, creating a thrilling experience at 342m. Even Jamie managed to brave this one! There are many buildings around the world that have installed their own ‘look-down’ attractions (including Portsmouth’s Spinnaker Tower), but the CN Tower claims to be the first to have installed a Glass Floor in the world.

Paul and Jamie at the CN Tower live in Toronto

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At night, the Tower is as equally as stunning with LED lights surround the outside, twinkling in the night sky.

Located in downtown Toronto near the harbour, the CN Tower is open to the public every day (except at Christmas).

We then headed back to a Canadian themed bar for dinner and refreshments, where Jamie ordered his favourite drink – a Shirley Temple (lemonade, orange juice and grenadine).

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