CN Tower Climb
Help raise more than $1 million for wildlife conservation. Over the years more than 86,000 Canadians from all walks of life have participated in the climb. This is WWF’s largest annual fundraiser. Come and join in on this exhilarating experience to reach new heights for yourself and for the planet. Participate in a rare opportunity to climb one of Canada's tallest structures.
WWF'S CN Tower Climb for Nature
Saturday, April 8 - Sunday, April 9
CN Tower and Metro Toronto Convention Centre
7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. @ Convention Centre - North Building, Hall C
Climb it for change
Public climb is a fun, friendly event. Climb solo or with a group of neighbours, family and friends. Take your photo with WWF’s panda mascot, climb the CN Tower and stand on the glass floor while enjoying the incredible view of Toronto.
Sunday is the public and ultimate climb challenge. Corporate warriors, fitness fans, first responders, extreme sports enthusiasts and other teams or individuals take on the ultimate challenge of competing for the fastest time, and fundraising for the top prizes.
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There is no registration fee, only a minimum fundraising requirement to participate. The minimum fundraising amount is $150 per person in order to be eligible. Friends and family can come to cheer you on and meet you at the top after your climb. Admission for that is $15 before 8:30 a.m. and after that regular admission rates apply.
Funds raised will help support species and habitats in Canada from coast to coast. They will support a mission to stop the degradation of the planet's natural environment and to build a future in which wildlife, nature and people thrive together. Together we can tackle major conservation issues to help safeguard the habitats of hundreds of species and continue to make ground-breaking progress towards habitat sustainability.
Where do funds go?
THE ARCTIC, OCEANS, FRESHWATER, PEOPLE & WILDLIFE
Set your fundraising goal, add photos or videos to share your story about why you’re climbing for nature. Personalize your page. Let your friends and followers know that you are climbing by sharing your page on social media and tagging people. Challenge your friends. RSVP to the Public Climb or Ultimate Climb Challenge on Facebook. Ask for company support. An employer donation or match can go a long way in helping you meet your goal and earn amazing fundraising prizes. Send emails to your friends and family using the Participant Centre under the email tab. Ask them to support you or to join your team. Say thank you! Host an event like a bake sale, yard sale, potluck or raffle. Let WWF-Canada know about your event and we will send you a FREE event kit including stickers, posters and a WWF branded item to raffle off.
The average climber reaches the top between 30 and 40 minutes. Whether you’re climbing for a record time or a personal best volunteers and friends will be there to cheer you on all the way and help you make it to the top. It's recommended slower climbers stay to the right side of the stairwell so faster climbers to pass on the left. Please try to make the climb a scent-free event. This is an athletic event and scents may become overpowering in the enclosed stairwell. And generally be courteous to fellow climbers and make this a great event!
Preparing for the climb
Wear a good pair of running shoes
Wear a pair of comfortable running shoes instead of shoes that might hurt you while training or doing the climb.
Warm up and cool down
Warming up and stretching before and after the climb and training can help to reduce injury and improve circulation.
Get in a routine
Make sure you train at least three times a week.
Train for time, not speed
Your training program should be designed to gradually increase the time you spend stepping, rather than how fast.
Take it outside
Mix up your step training. Staircases in office or apartment buildings are a great place to train, but don’t neglect to take this outdoors once in a while.
Find your pack
Choose and friend or family member to train with. Encourage each other and make it something fun.
Remember: this is not a race. Climbers are encouraged to take their time. Although each participant is timed so they can know how long they took at the end of the climb.
The CN Tower was built in 1973. Standing at 553.33 meters, it has become Canada's most celebrated landmark. Each year, more than 1.5 million people visit Canada’s tower. Over the years things have been added to enhance the iconic structure, dual elevators, exterior LED lighting, a 3D theatre, and the EdgeWalk.
According to the WWF, the fastest climb time is 7 minutes and 52 seconds. More than 103,000 people have climbed the CN Tower with WWF 1991. WWF says more than $14 million has been raised by the CN Tower climb in the past 25 years.
This year there will be 8,000-plus climbers including: Humber College firefighting students David Miller, former Mayor and WWF-Canada president/CEO will make his first climb Shaun Stephens-Whale, one of the world's top tower runners Julian Backhouse, a grandfather who uses a wheelchair, is climbing for the third time Tyler Kruschenske, world championship obstacle course racer and WWF's fastest returning climber Corporate teams and representatives from Loblaw, Brookfield GIS, Bentall Kennedy, and SunLife Financial and PwC Canada.
Climbers can take breaks and there will be paramedics on every 10th floor. While paramedics do have access to emergency exits, climbers must make it to the top in order to get to the elevators that will bring them back down.
Can I take breaks during the climb?
Yes. There is no age restriction. Climbers under 12 years of age must be at least 42 inches tall (or 3.5 feet) and accompanied by a registered adult climber during their climb. All registered climbers, regardless of age, are required to raise the fundraising minimums.
Can children climb the tower?
1. The donor can write the cheque in your name and you can log in to your personal fundraising page and enter the donation on your credit card under their name. These same steps can be done for cash donations. For this you would need their full name, full address, email address and phone number. This will then show up in your thermometer on your profile and it will email the donor a tax receipt automatically. 2. The donor can write the cheque out to WWF-Canada and you can either mail this in with a pledge form or submit the cheque on event day along with your pledge form.
What do I do with cash/cheque donations?
Can I register on the day of the climb?
Yes, you can register on the day of the Climb if there are still available spaces, you have the required fundraising minimum and check-in on event day before 10 a.m. Remember, space is limited, so new climber registrations will depend on availability.
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