When you’re a chicken, it helps to have brave friends. During my recent trip to Toronto for the TBEX conference, I wanted to visit the CN Tower, the tallest structure in the Western Hemisphere. I knew that a highlight of visiting the attraction is the ability to walk over a glass floor, with a view straight down 1,122 feet. I also knew that chances were good I would not be able to maneuver my jelly knees over the glass.
I enlisted my friend Karon, who blogs at All Things Lifestyle, to come with me. She’s jumped out of an airplane, so I was pretty confident she could handle standing on a 2 ½ ” thick tempered glass plate.
When you visit the CN Tower, you have options. You can take the 58-second elevator ride to the glass floor level, which is connected to the Outdoor SkyTerrace. You can also take a photo one story up on the LookOut Level. For an additional fee, you can take the special SkyPod elevator up an additional 33 stories, to 1,465 feet.
Within the building there’s also a 3D movie theater, the “Himalamazon” motion theater ride, the 360Restaurant, and a gift shop. For the exceptional daredevil, there is one more can’t-miss experience: Edge Walk, the world’s highest full circle, hands-free walk, on a 5-foot wide ledge encircling the top of the Tower’s main pod, 1,168 feet — or 116 stories — above the ground. I’m not prone to text-speak, but O.M.G.!
Regardless of which level you end up on, you’ll get a fantastic view of Toronto, Lake Ontario, and the surrounding region, up to 100 miles away. Apparently, you can even see Niagara Falls under ideal conditions.
The 256-square foot glass floor was built to withstand the weight of 14 hippos, so I should not have been scared of it breaking and plunging me earthbound to my doom. Of course, logic was not part of the conversation going on in my brain. I wasn’t the only one who felt the same; there were plenty of people crawling on it because they couldn’t stand.
This is how most people enjoy the glass floor, including Karon:
This is my attempt, and my triumph in being to say I touched it:
This is the view from the glass floor:
The CN Tower is an engineering marvel. The entire structure weighs 130,000 tons, which includes 53,000 cubic yards of concrete, 600 tons of structural steel, and 5,000 tons of reinforcing steel. In high winds, the top of the structure is designed to “give” as much as 3 feet in any direction. It opened in 1976, and until 2010, it held the title of world’s tallest tower, building and freestanding structure. It was surpassed in 2010 by the 2,722-foot Burj Khalifa in Dubai.
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