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The CN Tower opens its latest attraction, EdgeWalk, to the public today

CN Tower Edgewalk View. Photo: CN Tower EdgeWalk

The CN Tower’s latest attraction, EdgeWalk, takes thrill seekers to new heights today. The first of its kind in North America, EdgeWalk is the world’s highest full circle hands-free walk encircling the top of the CN Tower’s main pod, 356 metres, (1168 feet, 116 stories) above the ground. The half-hour experience, which includes re-admission into the CN Tower’s other attractions (Look Out, Glass Floor, Sky Pod Levels, movie and ride) costs $175.

After our hour-long safety briefing, where we were strapped and re-strapped into our jumpsuit,  reminiscent of a cross between the Ghostbusters and Devo uniforms, we ascended our way up the Tower’s service elevator. Our guide Chris, made us feel completely comfortable as we shimmied our way across the 1.5 metre-wide grates. For those not afraid of heights, the activity is an extreme one;  for those afraid of heights, it can be petrifying yet a good challenge. That said, my media partner Kattrin Sieber, who is afraid of heights, eased into the walk quickly.  Nobody can deny the view: a 360 degree view of Toronto that isn’t the same from indoors.  We were lucky to get sunny weather on a Friday afternoon; additional employees monitor the weather and winds at the entrance of the attraction.  Should there be high winds or an electrical thunderstorm, Edgewalk closes and follow-up dates are set aside for the participants missing out. As participants,  the adrenaline rush was leaning forward and backward to witness some spectacular views. Chris ensured we didn’t miss where the Steam Whistle Brewery was located. We were also lucky to witness the Blue Jays practicing for their game that night.

Here’s a sneak peek of the process of leaning back from the edge:
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In addition to windswept hair and a perma-smile on our faces, we were rewarded with two photos of our experience, a certificate claiming ourselves as “true edgewalkers” and an edited DVD of the experience. For those contemplating if it’s worth it, it’s a Toronto experience our team won’t forget.

Edgewalk is open Aug. 1 to 31, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sept. 1 to Oct. 31, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The walk will then run seasonally from May to October. The maximum number of participants is six per walk; there are two walks scheduled per hour.   To book, call 416-601-3833 between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. or email edgewalkinfo@cntower.ca.

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