The CN Tower EdgeWalk in Toronto
Visiting the CN Tower is definitely a must-do experience when in Toronto. Not convinced? The CN Tower impressively held the record for the world’s tallest free-standing structure for 32 years until 2007, when it was surpassed by the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.
Today, it is still one of the most recognizable landmarks in the world. And, it is the home of the EdgeWalk – the world’s highest full circle hands-free walk on a 5 ft (1.5 m) wide ledge!
If your heart isn’t pounding yet, it really should be! The first attraction of its kind in North America, completing the EdgeWalk is definitely a bucket list item for thrill-seekers and adventurous souls alike.
What is the CN Tower EdgeWalk?
EdgeWalk opened to the public on August 1, 2011, and is considered the CN Tower’s most thrilling attraction in its history. Feel your heart pound as you walk around the top of the tower’s main pod, 356m/1168ft (116 storeys) above the ground!
Visitors walk in groups of six, while attached to an overhead safety rail via a trolley and harness system. Push your limits, as you lean back over Toronto with nothing but air and jaw-dropping views of Lake Ontario below.
But fear not, your whole experience is led by trained EdgeWalk guides, that not only ensure you are safe, but make sure everyone is having the experience of a lifetime!
What Can You Expect During Your CN Tower EdgeWalk Experience?
The entire EdgeWalk experience runs about 1.5 hours, with the outdoor walk lasting approximately 30 minutes. The EdgWalk experience starts on the ground level of the CN Tower.
Once you check-in with base camp, follow the signs through the retail store to the EdgeWalk entrance. You will be screened airport-style (as well as for alcohol) before entry, before taking the elevator up to the south side of the Tower pod. Safety is taken very seriously at the CN Tower!
And speaking of safety, once you are outfitted in your Walk suits, your guides will go over all safety procedures, including how your harnesses work. You will then head over as a group to the staging area, where you will be connected to the overhead safety rail and trolley.
This is when the fun begins! Your guide will take you out on the ledge, where you will start your trek around the Tower pod!
You will be taken through several exercises, all designed to make you feel more at ease, while at the same time, pushing your limits. The experience will definitely make your heart race and take your breath away!
Part of the way through your time on The Edge, you are given the opportunity to explore on your own, while the guide comes around to take individual photos. Practice putting your ‘Toes over Toronto’, or just admire the phenomenal views.
Did you know that on a clear day, you can actually see the misty clouds over Niagara Falls?! Or the tallest roller coasters at Canada’s Wonderland? Incredible!
The Walk itself starts and ends on the south side of the main Tower pod, above 360 Restaurant.
And speaking of the 360 Restaurant, why not dine at the CN Tower to celebrate your achievement! With a revolving view that can’t be matched, this high-end restaurant sources local ingredients wherever possible, and has a Wine Spectator-approved list.
360 Restaurant completes its revolution around the tower every 72 minutes. It is open daily, however, reservations are recommended.
What Should I Wear During My Walk?
Dressing appropriately for the weather conditions is a definite must when doing the EdgeWalk experience. It can get pretty chilly up there especially if you’re visiting Toronto in the Fall! A Walk suit is provided to you, however, it is meant to be worn over top of your clothing.
Hats, gloves, jackets, and masks will be provided according to weather conditions. Fully closed running shoes with laces are a requirement, as these will provide proper support and grip.
If you need prescriptions glasses or want to wear sunglasses on a bright day, a lanyard will be provided to secure your glasses. Other than that, no personal items, including cameras or phones, will be permitted on the Walk due to safety concerns.
But don’t worry, you can still grab that Instagrammable photo! All EdgeWalk participants receive a certificate of achievement, as well as a keepsake video and photos of their experience.
Lockers are provided to store personal belongings.
When is the Best Time to Visit the CN Tower EdgeWalk?
The EdgeWalk operates seasonally from April to December. You can book tours 7 days a week, with both day and night time walks. The daily hours are dependant on the season.
EdgeWalk at the CN Tower will operate seasonally in all weather except for electrical storms, high winds or other extreme weather conditions.
Our visit took place in November, and although it was chilly, the cold clear air made for some amazing visibility!
How Much Does the EdgeWalk Experience Cost?
Tickets are $175 + tax. Yes, EdgeWalk is a little pricey. But it is definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience and worth every penny!
Not to mention, the cost of the ticket includes the keepsake video, printed photos, certificate of achievement, and re-entry to CN Tower. You will also receive a Tower Experience Ticket which includes access to the LookOut, Glass Floor, SkyPod, and the Movie and Motion Theatre Ride.
Who Can Participate in the CN Tower EdgeWalk?
The CN Tower EdgeWalk is family-friendly! Children 13 years and over can participate. Teenagers between 13 – 17 must be accompanied by a guardian/parent.
One thing to keep in mind, however, is that there are weight restrictions: You must be over 34kg and under 140 kg.
The CN Tower viewing decks are also fully accessible for wheelchairs.
How Do You Get to the CN Tower EdgeWalk?
The CN Tower is located in the heart of Toronto, at 301 Front St W. It’s a pretty difficult landmark to miss! Once you enter the base, there will be plenty of signs to point you towards the Edgewalk.
The CN Tower is easily accessed by a variety of public transportation, so don’t worry if you don’t have a car. Depending on where you are coming from, buses, GO trains, subways, taxis, and rideshares are all options.
If you are driving, parking can be found in various public parking lots, all at a premium price.
Final Thoughts on the CN Tower EdgeWalk Experience
The CN Tower EdgeWalk is one of the most exhilarating urban experiences we have ever tried! If you haven’t been already, this unique Toronto attraction NEEDS to be added to your Canada bucket list!
Whether you are an adrenaline-junkie, or just someone looking for a brag-worthy experience, put aside your fears and reach for the stars!
About the Author
Toronto based Marianne, is the writer and founder behind Journeying Giordanos. Her family travel blog specializes in Canadian travel and adventure. Together with her husband and four children, they are roaming the country making new memories and learning through travel.
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