Thursday, May 19, 2011

Toronto's CN Tower introduces EdgeWalk in summer of 2011


Photo by Sue Frause.

Toronto's CN Tower will feature a new, extreme attraction this summer. EdgeWalk at the CN Tower is a full circle, hands-free walk on a 5-ft. (1.5 m) wide ledge that encircles the top of the CN Tower's main pod. Standing 1,168 ft. high (356 m), or 116 stories above the ground, EdgeWalk is the world's highest "walk" of its kind. It's also the first of its kind in North America.

For those brave enough, you'll walk hands-free in groups of six to eight, attached to an overhead safety rail via a trolley and harness system. Trained EdgeWalk guides will encourage participants to push their limits, leaning back over Toronto with "nothing but air beneath them."

Now 35 years old, the Canada National Tower has a strong safety record. The facilities and engineering team had a say in the design and construction of EdgeWalk, along with logistics and operation. EdgeWalk at the CN Tower opens to the public in the summer of 2011, with advance phone ticket sales starting in June. For more information, go to www.edgewalkcntower.ca. Certain requirements must be met to do the EdgeWalk (height and weight). The experience lasts 1.5 hours, with the walk itself lasting 20-30 minutes.