Lakeside View — Photo courtesy of CN Tower
Most adventure travelers head to places like the mountains for climbing challenges, or the ocean to ride waves. But in Toronto, the most extreme daredevils don’t have to leave the downtown core.
A trip up to the top of the CN Tower, one of the world’s tallest freestanding structures at more than 1,800 feet high, is an adrenaline shot all on its own, especially for those who choose to step out onto the glass floor of the observation deck more than 1,100 feet up, where you can look straight down onto the streets and buildings below.
From afar — Photo courtesy of CN Tower
For those who need more to get their hearts really racing, the CN Tower’s new EdgeWalk attraction – opened in 2011 – lets the truly brave strap themselves into a harness, step out onto a 5-foot-wide platform circling the tower, and walk around the circumference of the observation level. While the glass floor of the observation deck – scary as it might be – is enclosed, there’s nothing separating EdgeWalk daredevils from the ground far below except the harness.
EdgeWalk isn’t cheap at $175 a person for the experience. But for the investment, you’ll get a 90-minute guided CN Tower experience, including the actual walk which lasts 20 to 30 minutes. You’ll also receive photos and video of your journey, taken by CN Tower staff (since cameras aren’t allowed on EdgeWalk), and a certificate to commemorate your achievement. Plus, you’ll be able to say you’re part of an elite group who truly braved Toronto’s tallest structure.