Road trip news, rants, and ruminations by the Editors of RoadsideAmerica.com
August 3, 2011
Canada’s newest attraction, the EdgeWalk, tethers visitors to cables and lets them teeter over the edge atop the CN Tower, a quarter-mile high above Toronto.
What prompted Canada to take its tallest building, “Canada’s Wonder of the World,” and turn it into a thrill ride?
It may be the bicentennial of the War of 1812.
America failed to win that war when it failed to conquer Canada. The Canadians are pleased about that, and over the past few years have rolled out several attractions that seem to bolster the idea that Americans are losers. First there was Niagara’s Fury, better than anything on the U.S. side of the Falls. Then there was the Monument to the War of 1812, visually reducing America’s military effort to a toppled toy soldier.
A stroll on EdgeWalk isn’t cheap: $175 Canadian or you-figure-it-out in real money. Participants are screened for drugs, separated from all of their carry-on possessions, zipped into bright colored suits, and released to follow a five-foot-wide ledge around the roof of the CN Tower’s rotating restaurant, 1,168 feet above the pavement. There are no guardrails. The tethers are just long enough to allow thrillseekers to lean out over the void without tumbling to their doom.
EdgeWalk can stand on its own, even without a hidden agenda. There really is no convenient taller place in the Western Hemisphere to dangle tourists from a rope. The USA may just have to swallow its pride and say, “Well done, Canada.” You beat us in 1812 and you beat us in 2011.
Then we’ll bungee jump above EdgeWalk from our Spaceport America rocket ships.
EdgeWalk: Quarter-Mile in the Air
- 301 Front St. W., Toronto, ON, Canada
- At the CN Tower. Hwy 403 E. toward Toronto. Exit onto Queen Elizabeth Way, which turns into the Gardiner Expy. Exit onto Spadina Ave. Drive north and make the first right onto Bremner Blvd.
- May-Oct daily; must reserve in advance. (Call to verify)
- $175 Canadian