When it comes to heart-pounding, adrenaline-pumping fun, it’s hard to imagine anything topping Edgewalk, Toronto’s newest attraction atop the CN Tower. Originally opened back in August, the Edgewalk has already thrilled thousands of visitors arriving on flights to Toronto with 20 to 30 minute outdoor guided tours around the circumference of the CN Tower. Located on a five-foot-wide platform 1,168 feet above the ground, it is officially the world’s highest full-circle and hands-free outdoor walk.
So what’s keeping you from going over the edge? Seemingly not much but in reality much more than enough. Visitors are attached to a secure overhead safety rail via a simple-yet-sophisticated trolley and harness system. High above the Toronto skyline, two cables (one in front and one in back) become virtual lifelines.
Once strapped in and secure, visitors are urged to push their personal limits “to the edge.” The walk gets off to a “tame” start with “Toes over Toronto,” an exercise in which visitors tiptoe to the edge of the platform and give a big wave to the city a dizzying 1,100 feet below. Guides then quickly up the ante, instructing walkers in the art of leaning (backwards and forwards) out over the edge, first one at a time and then together as a group.
What truly makes Edgewalk more fun than terrifying are the fantastic and energetic guides. Expertly trained in the art of equilibrium, they have also mastered a different kind of balancing act: ensuring visitors know the risks they are taking while at the same time giving them the tools and confidence to overcome their fears.
At Edgewalk, humour and safety operate in perfect pitch. Visitors never feel safety is taken lightly but are constantly reminded that they are there to have fun. The knowledgeable guides have also become experts at identifying various Toronto attractions miles off in the distance. From the Royal Ontario Museum, to Casa Loma, to the local Hooters, your guide will use the unique bird’s eye view to point out everything Toronto has to offer.
After about a half-hour of sweaty-palmed manoeuvring and a few bouts of nervous laughter, the walk concludes with individual photo ops and an undeniable sense of accomplishment.
At $175 CDN, the Edgewalk experience doesn’t come cheap. However, visitors do get a lot of bang for their buck (figuratively speaking, of course). An Edgewalk ticket includes a keepsake DVD of the walk (recorded via a guide’s helmet-cam), hard-copy and digital photos, and a personalised certificate of achievement. Edgewalkers also receive a Total Tower Experience pass which includes access to the Look Out, Glass Floor, Sky Pod, and Motion Theatre Ride attractions located elsewhere in the tower.
Originally scheduled to run through October, Edgewalk’s inaugural season has been extended (due to popular demand and a bit of nice weather) through November 13. After closing for the winter, the attraction will kick off its second season in early May 2012.
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