CN Tower unveils its biggest renovation for 42nd birthday

WATCH ABOVE: Toronto's iconic tower is celebrating a major milestone in style. After undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation, the CN Tower's observation deck was officially opened to the public. Shallima Maharaj reports.

The CN Tower celebrated its 42nd birthday in style on Tuesday with the unveiling of the biggest renovation in its history.

One of Toronto’s biggest tourist attractions, Canada’s National Tower underwent a $16-million upgrade to its main observation floor with a heavy focus on making it more accessible.

“[We’re] keeping up with the world and all the new buildings. Also, we’ve been working on making the tower more accessible. It’s 42 years old so some of our accessibilities aren’t the best,” said Neil Jones, chief operating officer of the tower.

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“It’s essential that CN Tower’s renovation and upgrades tie into our commitment to accessibility,” said John McBain, president and CEO of Canada Lands Company, the owner and operator of the CN Tower said in a statement.

The new CN Tower renovations.
The new CN Tower renovations. Gord Edick/Global News
The new CN Tower renovations.
The new CN Tower renovations. Gord Edick/Global News
The new CN Tower renovations.
The new CN Tower renovations. Gord Edick/Global News

The renovation includes new floor-to-ceiling glass “window walls” and a double-decker glass floor, alongside a general opening up of the entire space.

Jones said they’ve also put in new bistro-style drink and food options featuring Canadian-inspired cuisine from local producers and farmers.

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“The food here is very Canadian. It’s inspired by Canada so it’s a very diverse menu, very welcoming and open,” said executive chef John Morris.

The new space can also be used for private events from anywhere between 80 to up to 800 people.

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Alongside the upgrade, the tower also launched its free CN Tower Viewfinder App which allows users the ability to see day and night views of the Toronto skyline and surrounding area on their smartphones or tablets. Users are able to identify over 90 landmarks.

“The CN Tower enjoyed record-breaking attendance last year, but we believe it is important to keep innovating. As a national icon, the experiences we offer our guests should always be at world-class levels. We feel this renovation accomplishes that goal,” Jones said.

The CN Tower first opened its door on June 26, 1976.