Living on the Edge

Hanging out

Last night I dangled over the edge of one of the world’s tallest buildings, suspended by nothing more than a couple ropes. All I can say is HOLY S**T!!!

Found in downtown Toronto, the CN Tower is the city’s most famous landmark and is known around the world. Built in 1976, the CN Tower was named one of the seven wonders of the modern world in 1995 and attracts about two million visitors a year. Now, visitors have even more reason to visit the iconic tower – they can walk around the top of it, OUTSIDE. Known as EdgeWalk, this new attraction costs about $200 (including tax) and is well worth every single penny.

Living on the edge

Groups spend between 20 and 30 minutes (we were lucky and stayed out there for 40!) walking along the roof of the CN Tower’s restaurant at 356m/1,168ft above the ground. To put this into perspective, that’s like being on the 116th floor of a really, really tall building.

EdgeWalk opened at the beginning of August and runs until the end of October. We made our way to the CN Tower after work on a Friday for our 7 p.m. time slot. The morning had started off grey and cloudy and at one point I was pretty concerned that we’d be surround by fog. Luckily, the sun appeared in the early afternoon and we couldn’t have asked for better weather.

EdgeWalk 2011

After arriving at the CN Tower we suited up in stylish red jumpsuits and were ready to go! Every safety precaution is taken before participants are even allowed into the elevators. We were given breathalyzers to check for any alcohol and bags were swabbed for explosives.

It isn’t until you walk out onto the ledge that you realize how high you really are. You’re on a metal grate no wider than a sidewalk, really, really, really high up in the air. Our guide Brian was fantastic and immediately put the group at ease. I thought skydiving was nerve wracking, but being up at this height for 40 minutes has your stomach in knots.

EdgeWalk 2011

We were the last group of the day and were lucky enough to see the sun setting and the lights coming on across the city. It wasn’t until I was over 1,100 ft. in the air that I realized what a green city Toronto really is. The sheer number of trees and parks is pretty impressive. Since the Skydome was open, we had the perfect view of the Blue Jays game and could even see the bright lights of the ferris wheel over at the CNE.

The best part about this adventure – I didn’t even have to leave Toronto! For a tourist, there is no better way to see the city. The view is breathtaking and leaves you with a newfound appreciation for Toronto.

More information on EdgeWalk can be found at www.edgewalkcntower.ca

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5 Comments on “Living on the Edge”

  1. Christina @ Food.Fitness.Fun. Says:

    Wicked! I would love to do the walk someday!

    Reply

  2. Mike C Says:

    I’m scared just looking at the photos.

    Reply

  3. adventurousandrea Says:

    Hooray for adventures!

    Reply

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