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Here’s What It’s Like to Ride the CNE’s Giant Zip Line

A video of the view from the CNE's zip line.

One of the big attractions at this year’s Canadian National Exhibition is an 1,100-foot zip line that runs between BMO Field and the Direct Energy Centre. Each rider signs a waiver full of scary reminders that by doing this thing they’re essentially mocking death, then ascends many flights of stairs to the top of a 126-foot tower of scaffolding, where they’re outfitted with a helmet and a harness, connected to a steel cable, and encouraged to lean back and let gravity carry them to the opposite side of the fairgrounds.

It’s supposed to be a thrilling experience, but then again, it’s also $30—and that’s after the price of admission to the Ex. Torontoist photographer Corbin Smith rode the zip line with a camera strapped to himself, and so now we have the next best thing: a video of what it’s like, which you can watch free of charge. The whole ride took about 35 seconds.

“I wish such a thing existed to get to the Toronto Islands and back,” Smith told us afterward. “That would be the best.”

CORRECTION: August 20, 2013, 4:40 PM This post originally said Corbin Smith’s camera was strapped to his head. In fact, it was attached to his body.

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