I was so excited to tell you all about this experience, that I could not even wait and not stick to my normal schedule for blog posts. This needed to go up and need to go up now.
I did it! I completed the CN Tower Edgewalk. If you can recall, it is one of the items that was on my 2019 wish list. I can officially mark it as done.
It was all exciting, thrilling and terrifying all at once. I cannot put into words how scary this was or how quickly that fear went away. I can officially say that I am officially over my fear of heights.
I am not one to let fear stop me. There are so many great quotes about fear. Here are some of my thoughts on fear:
“God placed the best things in life on the other side of fear”- Will Smith
“Sometimes the fear won’t go away so you’ll have to do it afraid”
“We grow fearless by walking into our fears”- Robin Sharma
“Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.”
“Fear doesn’t shut you down, it wakes you up”-Divergent
“Becoming fearless isn’t the point, that’s impossible. It’s learning how to control your fear and be free from it.”-Divergent
In all honesty, fear is simply a state of mind. If you face your fears, you quickly grow to realize that you really do have nothing to fear. And it is quite freeing and refreshing the moment you realize that you are doing what you thought you would not be able to do or were not capable of doing. It is all about learning how to control those fears. We might never be 100% free from fear, but we can control it. And once you do, you will be glad you did.
The first thing I had to do was sign a waiver and sign my life away to do the EdgeWalk. After that, we got suited up. And they take great precautions to make sure that you are secure and safe, and they are so great with working with those that are afraid of heights. You do have to do a breathalyzer test, and remove all jewelry and anything that can fall off. They check your harnesses about six times on the ground and they do thorough and I mean thorough checks to make sure that you are secured.
Once you are secured, you and your group (the Edgewalk family) heads into the elevator and heads up to 356 meters above the ground. And again, for safety you and your harnesses are checked by two more people and then you head out onto the walk.
Now, I will say that the views of downtown Toronto were absolutely breathtaking, and we got a great view of Lake Ontario. Our tour guided started by having us do “toes over Toronto” where you slowly inch towards the edge and scream “hello Toronto” while your toes are hanging over the edge of the walk. And let me tell you, the hardest part of the walk, for me anyways was trusting that harness. Yes, the harness can hold 15,000 tons, but still. That’s putting a lot of faith in an inanimate object; at least in my opinion.
The next activity from the thrilling adventure was leaning backwards over the tower, where you can’t see behind you so much. Mmmm…not my cup of tea, but I gave it a go. This was one of those activities where you truly have to trust the harness. Trust the harness. That’s asking a lot.
Our final experience was leaning forward over the tower. Just as frightening as leaning backward, and let me tell you, no matter how many times you do it, it does not get any easier.
Pictures from this experience are also included. Visiting the CN Tower is a must while in Toronto. Though my fiancé and I were staying in Niagara Falls, Toronto makes an excellent day trip from the falls.