Are you familiar with the catchphrase, Thrill of a Lifetime?
That exact phrase perfectly sums up the experience of the CN Tower EdgeWalk that I recently participated in for Been Here Done That. The thrill is unlike any other and considered by many to be a once in a lifetime experience. For myself; however, I loved it so much that once was not enough. I would do the walk a hundred more times if I could – which is why I envy the EdgeWalk guides; they get to do it every day!
For anyone unfamiliar with the CN Tower EdgeWalk in Toronto, it is basically just as the name would imply – a full circle walk on a 1.5-metre ledge that surrounds the top of CN Tower’s main pod. The experience debuted in 2011 and has been named the “World’s Highest External Walk on a Building” by Guinness World Record. It is the first of its kind in North America!
Trained EdgeWalk guides take participants to the edge while attached to an overhead safety rail via a trolley and harness system. And the first thing that hits you is the view.
Just to get an idea of how high up participants actually are, it is 116 stories tall (or 356 metres) with the ledge at 150 metres in length. The duration of the walk is approximately 30 minutes. The EdgeWalk experience package also includes access to the SkyPod, Glass Floor/outdoor Sky Terrace, LookOut and various SkyPod Levels. The experience in its entirety is approximately one and a half hours long. If you would like to read more about the different experiences that the CN Tower has to offer (for example, the SkyPod or Glass Floor) then check out their website www.cntower.ca!
Now, you might be wondering, “Do you just walk around and around for half an hour?” The answer is both yes and no, but mainly no. Participants walk one full circle around the edge, and along the way, the EdgeWalk guide takes the eager but somewhat nervous party through a number of activities. And by activities, I mean leaning over the edge in three different and daring ways.
The first is called ‘Toes Over Toronto’ where individuals walk to the edge until all 10 toes are over the lip of the ledge. Then, you let go of the rope. For me, this wasn’t as exciting as it was for some, mainly because I had already been walking as close to the edge as I could in order to look down. However, once I let go of the rope, I got a pure rush of adrenaline.
The next movement to try was called the ‘Lean Back’ where all participants turned around, pretended to sit, and then walk backwards until our heels were over the edge. Then we straightened our legs, locked in our knees and let go of the rope. I cannot put into words the sensation of letting go of that rope. Just picture looking over your shoulder and seeing the whole city behind, below and all around you. It truly was breathtaking… BEYOND breathtaking!
The last activity that is completed during the EdgeWalk is the ‘Lean Forward.’ Sounding exactly as the name would suggest, we walked forward towards the edge leaving only a few inches ahead of us, pulled the rope out as far ahead as it would let us, leaned forward until one of our shoulders was on the rope… and then let go. To take this a step further, our guide had told us that we could go on our tippy-toes. Although I completed this activity with ease, I did find it to be the most frightening. This is only because during the ‘Lean Back’ you cannot see exactly where you are; whereas during the ‘Lean Forward’ you are facing the city and also feel like you are going to fall.
The EdgeWalk experience overall was one of the most unique, thrilling, and awe-inspiring that I have ever had in my life. As I previously mentioned, I would do this again one hundred more times if I were able to because it just left me feeling euphoric and almost speechless. The views of Lake Ontario, Billy Bishop Airport, and the whole city, in general, were just simply stunning. You cannot get a better view of the city than at the top of the CN Tower, which is why I continued onto the SkyPod, Lookout, and SkyTerrace afterwards in order to soak it all in. If you do not have a fear of heights then please consider experiencing this at some point in your life. Put it on your bucket list. You will not regret it! I mean, just look at the spectacular view!
Ticket Price – $195 CAD includes keepsake video, photos, certificate of achievement and CN Tower General Admission ticket + SkyPod ($44 value includes access to LookOut, Glass Floor/outdoor SkyTerrace, SkyPod Levels, attractions).
For more information about the CN Tower EdgeWalk experience, including scheduling a walk, visit their website: www.edgewalkcntower.ca You can check out Marisa’s Edgewalk Experience in the video below.
Review and Skyline Photos by Marisa Filippo
Edgewalk Photos by CN Tower