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Do You Dare? The CN Tower EdgeWalk Experience

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Human beings are amazing creatures. Many of us seek to push our limits of endurance and fear…on purpose. It is fear that comes to mind when I think of walking 1,168 feet above the ground, on the CN Tower EdgeWalk, in Toronto, Ontario. Fear, and insanity.

CN Tower EdgeWalk Experience

CN Tower EdgeWalk Experience (Photo courtesy of CN Tower)

CN Tower for people afraid of heights

I do not like heights. I never have, though being in an airplane 30,000 feet in the air never seems to bother me. I only get vertigo from tall, man-made structures. Standing on the edge of a precipice and looking down is not my idea of fun.

I first visited the CN Tower as a child in the late 1970s, and have returned many times since then. It remains an amazing marvel of engineering—1,815 feet of concrete and steel—the tallest freestanding structure in the world from its completion in 1976 until 2007. I can go up the elevator, facing the back so I can't see our ascent to the sky (too scary), and I can walk around the perimeter of the structure, though not too close to the windows. I can go, barely, to the outdoor SkyTerrace, but I have to cling to a concrete pillar while the wind whips my face. I have little faith in the steel fencing that separates me from the nothingness of the air and empty space of sky.

CN Tower

CN Tower (Photo credit: Claudia Laroye)

CN Tower glass floor observation deck

My kids have no such problems, and find my fear funny, and pitiable. On our latest visit, my 14-year-old son lay down on the glass floor of the observation deck, with nothing separating him from falling to earth but 2.5 inches of reinforced glass. I could barely look to Given my fear of heights, I found the advent of the latest attraction at the CN Tower almost too much to comprehend. Opened in 2011 and billed as

Given my fear of heights, I found the advent of the latest attraction at the CN Tower almost too much to comprehend. Opened in 2011 and billed as Toronto's Most Extreme Attraction (agreed), the CN Tower EdgeWalk Experience offers visitors a chance to face their fears, head on.

CN Tower EdgeWalk

My son laying on the floor of the CN Tower observation deck (Photo credit: Claudia Laroye)

CN Tower EdgeWalk for daredevils

CN Tower EdgeWalk is the world's highest full circle hands-free walk, the first of its kind in North America. Visitors in groups of six walk on a 5-foot-wide ledge encircling the Tower's main pod, more than a quarter of a mile above the city, attached to an overhead safety rail via a harness system. The harness allows participants to ‘push their personal limits‘ and lean over the edge, with nothing but Toronto, the air, and the city scape beneath them.

If you can handle it, I think EdgeWalk would be one of the most amazing and exhilarating experiences you could ever have. My teenager was certainly looking at the live video feed with interest. The full EdgeWalk experience lasts nearly 1.5 hours, with the outdoor walk lasting a heart-stopping 30 minutes. CN Tower EdgeWalk mementos include a keepsake video, photos and a certificate of achievement. I think the photos alone would offer enough evidence of your courage (or insanity) for partaking of such an experience.

Teens CN Tower EdgeWalk Experience

Teens tackling their fears on the CN Tower EdgeWalk Experience (Photo courtesy of CN Tower)

CN Tower EdgeWalk details

Walkers must be 13 years of age or older and in good physical health. Teens between 13-17 years old must be accompanied by a parent/guardian who provides written consent. EdgeWalk operates every day from May-October, weather permitting.

Would you dare to sign up for the CN Tower EdgeWalk experience, or allow your teenager to do it? Let us know in the comments!

About Claudia Laroye, The Curious Travel Mama

Claudia Laroye lives in Vancouver, Canada, with her husband and two sons (ages 18 and 20). She started travelling at a very young age, and has never stopped. She’s had the fortune of visiting more than 20 countries on four continents, and has also lived abroad in Sweden. Claudia is passionate about family travel and about educating children through the travel experience. She is the author of the thetravellingmom.ca, and contributes to many online and print media publications. Connect with Claudia on Twitter as @travelling_mom.

Comments

  1. My heart was pounding the entire time that I was reading that because I thought you were going to do it!! I could NEVER do the Edge Walk! I’m way too afraid of heights and the glass floor freaks me out too – much to the amusement of my kids. If my teen wanted to do it then she’d have to get her dad’s consent and not tell me about it until afterward.

  2. I agree Lisa! I would not want to know beforehand that my teens have done it until it’s over, and even then I would feel queasy about it. I’m perfectly happy with never doing it myself!

  3. Did you see the episode of the Rick Mercer Report where he drags Jann Arden out on the edge walk?? So unbelievably funny, remains my FAVOURITE one.

  4. I will be checking it out. Love RMR!!

  5. Debi Lander says:

    This grandmother of 7 would like to try it at TBEX.

  6. Debi, you are my HERO!

  7. I share with you the fear, panic of heights. The glass floor on CN Tower is a fun moment for my husband and daughter, as they make fun of me being too scared to be anywhere near it. At least someone has fun, right? 🙂

  8. Claudia Laroye says:

    Monique, I know right?! Thanks so much for your comment!

  9. Andrea Rees says:

    I think it is something that I want to do. I freeze going down big hills and yet I want to do this. Gotta live beyond our comzort zones right?

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