I can feel the breeze caressing my face and blowing through my hair as I lean my body back, 1168 feet above Toronto! My mind says I should trust my harness and let go off the rope I’m clutching, but my heart maybe thinking otherwise in its rapid beats. Let go off those hands, our walker calls out. And slowly, I do. Only the front part of my feet are in contact with solid ground now, the rest of me floats in the air. I close my eyes for just a second, and feel like I’m flying far far above the earth.
Once the tallest building in the world, the CN Tower juts out over and above the central district of Toronto, 147 stories high. Two days ago, as I stood gaping at it alongside other wide-eyed passersby, I knew I had to get up there and stand on its edge. After all, how many people can boast about doing “the Titanic” 116 stories high, without any fence or barrier?
As I open my eyes and tilt my head, I can see the speck that is the city centre of Toronto, filled with ant-sized people and cars. The vast blue expanse of the Ontario Lake stretches in the distance, all the way to the white mist created by the Niagara Falls. I lean forward, grab the rope, and walk a small step in. Our group of six then treads along the edge, holding on to the rope with one hand, trying to maintain balance with the other, and marveling at Toronto’s landscape as it transforms along our 360 degrees loop – from the blue backdrop of the Ontario Lake, to the financial district with what look like miniature buildings, to residential Toronto with neighborhoods interspersed with a deep green color.
When I hang my toes over Toronto, the world looks up at me in awe, wondering if they too should walk on the edge. I throw my arms open and yell, Hell yeah!
Here is a short video of my Edge Walk at CN Tower.
CN Tower – Location and height
Front Street, Downtown Toronto. When you walk along the city centre, look up and the tallest tower you see is CN Tower. It is 553 metres / 147 stories high, and remained the tallest tower in the world for 36 years, until 2010!
EdgeWalk – Season and weather
The Edge Walk happens only in the summer months, during which time it is a rain or shine event. I was lucky to have a clear, sunny day and be able to see Ontario Lake stretch out in the distance. But I saw pictures of misty days, when instead of leaning above the city centre, people are literally leaning in the clouds!
EdgeWalk – Price
The cost per person is CAD 175 (~ INR 9,700), and includes a video and photo from the walk, as well as return entry to the rest of CN Tower (the LookOut, the SkyPod etc) within three days.
Would you like to do the EdgeWalk in Toronto someday? Have you ever done something similar?
*Note: My EdgeWalk was sponsored by CN Tower. Lucky me!