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Frugal Faves: CN Tower and Harbourfront Centre

There’s so much to see and do in this city, but after a while, admission fees, restaurant bills and shopping sprees start to add up. Where Toronto’s weekly tips on discounted tickets, exclusive sales, free events and more help you get the most out of your trip without burning a hole in your pocket.

The CN Tower (photo by bensonkua)

The CN Tower (photo by bensonkua)

More Power to the Tower
Imagine a heap of food donations stacked as high as Toronto’s iconic CN Tower. While you probably wouldn’t want to stand on top of it, you may want to help build it. The CN Tower, in support of the Daily Bread Food Bank Holiday Drive, offers a 25 per cent admission discount to visitors who bring at least one non-perishable food item (such as rice, canned goods and baby food) to the Guest Services desk at the main entrance. You can gaze down at Toronto’s twinkling lights through the glass floor or enjoy the incredible view from the Sky Pod’s observation deck knowing that you helped the city’s neediest fight hunger this festive season.

Discounted admission may be used until January 4, 2010, and applied to any CN Tower ticket except CityPass and the Premier Experience. Call 416-868-6937 or visit the tower’s website for more information.

The Natrel Rink (photo by Jennifer Hart)

The Natrel Rink (photo by Jennifer Hart)

Lakeside Delights
With the first weekend of December looking mild this year (keep those frost-free fingers crossed!), it’s the perfect time to take a stroll around Harbourfront Centre and enjoy its free outdoor attractions. Kids can take free curling, skateboarding and freestyle-slalom this Saturday, or head to the Natrel Rink and spend some fun hours gliding across the ice (skate rentals are available). Afterwards, warm your toes by one of the controlled fireplaces among the trees overlooking Lake Ontario, or stare wide-eyed at the enormous boat installation in blue and red lights, one of the features of Toronto’s annual Cavalcade of Lights.

The Harbourfront Centre is located at 235 Queens Quay W.; call 416-973-4600 or click here for more information.

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