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Edgewalk received 8,000 visitors this year. It’s estimated that 14,000 walkers will visit during the 2012 season


The fi rst strategy saw Robinson upping


safety and security at the tower, which he describes as state-of-the-art, with CA$4.5m (£2.8m, 3.2m, US$4.3m) in spending on capital improvements each year. To tackle strategy two, Robinson re-branded the tower’s revolving restaurant, aiming to make it more relevant to locals by offering Canadian fare. “We now cater to 250,000 restaurant visitors a year, which is the largest, most prolifi c single restaurant in Canada,” he says. State-of-the-art meeting rooms were also put in at the base of the tower for corporate events. In 2007, the tower was lit for the fi rst time,


with LED technology allowing for multi- coloured combinations that have grown to defi ne Toronto’s skyline. Glass-panelled fl oors were added to elevators in 2008, offering dizzying views during the 1,136ft (346m) journey up to the tower’s obser- vation deck. And in 2010, a 144-seat 3D


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theatre made its debut, offering guests a secondary activity for after they’re fi nished admiring the view from upstairs.


Head for heights The idea for EdgeWalk fi rst came up about three years ago when Robinson’s team fi rst heard about outside walks at the Macau Tower and Auckland’s Sky Tower, both taking place at around 600ft (183m). “We did a little bit of research and realised that these were huge draws, but didn’t know how to do that here, because it would be at 1,200ft (366m), which is double the height,” Robinson says. “And so, as the head guy here, I shelved the idea. “About a year after that we started to


think, okay, the world’s changed, tourism isn’t as buoyant in Canada as it used to be. So how can we make ourselves relevant and attract more visitors and tourists? And we resurrected the idea of a walk.”


CN TOWER FACTS


Opened: 1976 Height: 1,815ft 5in (553.33m), the


“world’s tallest tower” according to both Guinness World Records and the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, which defi nes tower as “a build- ing in which less than 50 per cent of the construction is usable fl oor space”. Annual visitors: 1.5 million Construction time: 40 months, with 1,537 workers toiling fi ve days a week, 24 hours a day


Original construction cost: CAD$63m (£39m, 45m, US$58m) Construction materials: 40,524 cubic metres of concrete, 128.7km of post tensioned steel, 4,535 metric tonnes of reinforcing steel and 544.2 metric tonnes of structural steel


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