CN Tower receives gold-level certification
The Canada Lands Company, the company responsible for the CN Tower recently achieved the highest level of accessibility certification from the Rick Hansen Foundation, an important milestone for the 46-year old structure.
One of Canada’s most iconic landmarks needed to be more inclusive and accessible, as it is the most visited tourist attraction in the country with two million visitors per year. A series of recent renovations prioritized removing barriers to accessibility, part of a longstanding commitment to ensure that everyone is welcome at Canada’s National Tower. In 2018, floor-to-ceiling window walls replaced the previous barriers of access viewing on the Main Observation Level, which had been a feature of the original construction. Other accessible upgrades included high-contrast signage, railing retrofitting, Braille menus for the 360 restaurant, and the installation of automatic doors and accessible washrooms throughout the facility. Currently, the Tower’s outdoor terrace renovations will further enhance accessibility throughout the site.
Perhaps this remarkable landmark’s dedication to accessibility will inspire other Canadian tourist destinations in becoming fully accessible and gold-level certified.