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Yes, You Too Can Simulate Falling Off a Skyscraper

Many folks would pay not to toe a skinny ledge atop Toronto's CN Tower, but that's the attraction of "EdgeWalk."

Many folks would pay not to be put out onto a skinny ledge 116 stories above ground, but that's the main attraction at Toronto's "EdgeWalk."

A perfect gift for your thrill-seeking friend or that one ex who's afraid of heights, EdgeWalk is a commercial enterprise at the CN Tower that allows tourists to feel like they're about to fall off a skyscraper. The way it works is you buy a $175 ticket that gets you entry to a catwalk fixed high up on the 1,815-foot tower, right about here:

(Source: EdgeWalk)

Once out in the rarefied atmosphere, you don a "special Walk suit" with a heavy-duty harness. Then, to the delight of everyone watching, a guide gently pushes your body so while your feet are still on the platform, the rest of you is hanging in thin air above Toronto. If you so wish (how much do you trust that harness?), you can release your deathgrip on the safety straps and scream like a little girl.

Naturally, before any of this takes place there's a screening for intoxication the desire to knock one back must increase exponentially before any EdgeWalking occurs. Staff also searches participants for items like loose change and cellphones, which could slip out of pockets and rearrange the skull contours of unlucky pedestrians below.

This unusual tourist adventure, now in its second year, will be running regularly until October (except for days with heavy lightning). The CN Tower people promise that each EdgeWalk will be "unique," whether that means watching some poor soul toss his cookies into the wind or spotting something equally majestic:

About the Author

  • John Metcalfe
    John Metcalfe is CityLab’s Bay Area bureau chief, based in Oakland. His coverage focuses on climate change and the science of cities.