If you could climb to the top of one of the world’s tallest buildings more than a thousand feet high from the ground, would you? What if there was no guard rail, no barrier, no safety net to catch you? Well, I did.
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While most people opt for the observation deck inside, I got the chance to feel what it’s like to walk on the outside of the Toronto CN Tower! Fittingly named, the EdgeWalk is the coolest new adrenaline rush in my hometown!
I got to base camp bright and early at 9am. Before heading in, I took one last look at the tower from the bottom. I bet this is where most people back out at the last minute. That’s understandable because this mother of a structure can be a little intimidating from this angle. Fortunately it was beginning to be a beautiful day for a climb!
At base camp I met Brent, Rachelle, Joanne, and Amy, who were about to prep me for my 360-degree walk around the tower’s edge. I couldn’t wait to get to the top but I wasn’t quite ready yet. First thing’s first – I needed the right gear! It was time to get harnessed up and fitted with a cool red jumpsuit.
I felt (relatively) safe. Rachelle checked, double checked AND triple checked every last button and buckle.
There was something about this suit that suddenly made us feel a little more empowered! It was like Amy and I were about to go on a Charlies Angels adventure – but this power suit was definitely much sexier, don’t you think?
We made our way to the top by elevator. Amy tells me this is where most people give into their jitters and make the climb back down instead of up. But I wasn’t about to back out. Once I set my mind to something I pretty much always stick to it.
Plus, I promised myself a big chunk of chocolate after all this! So here I went…
The EdgeWalk is 1,168 feet high or 116 storeys above ground! We walked the five-foot wide metal rim of the tower’s edge, hands-free! Up here the temperature can be as much as 10 degrees colder than the bottom, even during one of Toronto’s heat waves. On most days, you can get a pretty sweet panoramic view of the city, our island, and even Niagara Falls as far as 160 kilometres further West and New York State.
Was I even a little uneasy? Not really. I conquered my fears at 24 years old when I jumped off a bridge near Vancouver. I learned fear is not real. It’s just an emotion that keeps us from challenging ourselves. It’s a little voice in your head that you can silence, and once you do you’ll find you can accomplish amazing things! Now, I look for crazy adventures wherever I go and am always up for putting myself in uncomfortable situations. There is something about taking risks in life and doing adventurous things that makes me feel empowered, fearless, and like there is nothing I can’t accomplish. The EdgeWalk is one of those adventures and taking it on was a nice little reminder of one of my favourite motos,
fear is only as deep as the mind allows – Japanese proverb
Fun Facts about the CN Tower
- Lightening strikes the tower 75 times a year (on average)
- It’s one of the Wonders of the Modern World.
- It’s built to survive an earthquake of 8.5 on the Richter scale.
- The Glass Floor can hold 14 large hippos.
- The tower lights up with different colours for special occasions but most lights are dimmed during bird migration to prevent bird injuries (ouch!)
Before you go
The EdgeWalk is one of the most adventurous experiences you can have when you come to my hometown but book early – there are only 10,000 tickets available each year. You have to sign a waiver and take a breathalyzer test (that’s a relief because I wouldn’t want to be up there with any crazies!)
When to go: It runs seasonally from May to October (except on really windy days or during thunderstorms, but no one wants to be up there when that’s going on)
What you get: $175 per person. It includes a DVD of photos, video, and certificate. You also get “Total Tower” access to the rest of the CN Tower.
So, would you do the EdgeWalk?