edge walk


The Hubs likes to think he’s edgy (his words not mine) so to celebrate our 5th wedding anniversary and commemorate his birthday he suggested we do the CN Tower EdgeWalk – that’s edgy right?! When he made this suggestion I was like ya right and then a couple of days later I got the text…


I’m mildly afraid of heights, so of course I was freaked, but I decided this would be a really fun way to remember our five-year. I was doing it!

Turns out it’s amazing and I would totally do it again, seriously!

We arrived at 5:30 for our 6:00 p.m. booking (I highly recommend booking later in the day), signed in and filled out all of the waiver forms. My nerves were at about a level 10 out of 10 at this point. At 6:00 our group, there were 5 of us, was ushered into the prep room. They explain everything, make sure you take off all jewellery or anything that could fall off your body while you’re up there (you’re not even allowed to have bobby pins) and you take a breathalyzer test. No drinking and edge walking! Then you’re suited up in a crazy looking jumpsuit, shoes and finally the harness. The harness is tightened and checked a gazillion times by 3 different people. At this point they told us that 25,000 people have done the EdgeWalk and only 10 have not completed. I was feeling pretty confident at this point.

Our guide then came skipping in, full of energy and totally trained to get us hyped up. We then took the elevator up to the loading area, where we were fastened to the contraption that you follow around the Tower. Your harness is hooked on from the front and the back and the carabeeners are then locked with  zip ties, so you’re crazy safe. I had no fear of falling at this point.  I was second last in the line-up and the Hubs was right behind me. The doors opened and I was doing ok. I stepped out onto the grated walking surface and then the panic set in just briefly. I thought to myself “just look straight ahead and you’ll be ok”. I swear for the first 5 minutes all I could do was look straight ahead. Then I got a bit more comfortable, but there was no way I was letting go of that rope.

The walk around takes about 30 minutes. The view is fantastic! We did several activities like leaning off the tower, toes over Toronto (you lean forward off the edge), they take a bunch of photos and videos of your experience (you get to keep them at the end). Then before I knew it the walk was over and we were heading back inside.

It really was exhilarating and a great way to celebrate our anniversary.

As we walked to dinner the Hubs says “so you up for skydiving next year?”.

I just rolled my eyes….one step at a time Mr. Edgy!





Alanna Banks

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