Previewing EdgeWalk at the CN Tower
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Previewing EdgeWalk at the CN Tower

Later this summer, the intrepid amongst us will have the opportunity not just to go up the CN Tower, but to walk around the observation deck—on the outside. EdgeWalk caused quite the stir when it was announced in May, with reactions ranging from “hell yeah!” to “not if you paid me a million dollars.”
Tickets (pricey ones, at $175 a pop) went on sale June 1, and walks begin in August, but in the meantime the CN Tower’s owner, the Canada Lands Company, has just released a sneak peek of the tour. CEO Mark Laroche completed this circuit around the observation deck recently, and brought cameras along with him. (EdgeWalk is still under construction, so it’ll be clear of material on the walk and look a bit different by the time the public gains access.) The walk is actually less terrifying-looking than we imagined: there’s a wide walkway and straps to hang onto in addition to the harness, and wind levels seem eminently managable. The whole thing seems more like a great adrenalin rush than a death-defying stunt—which may or may not be what you were hoping for.