Becoming a Canadian citizen is a memorable life event for most people. It’s when you transition from being a Permanent Resident to becoming a full-fledged Canadian. Here’s how one Filipino became a Canadian citizen on top of the CN Tower.
The citizenship application can be pretty straightforward for some, and downright challenging for others. It all culminates in the citizenship ceremony, where Permanent Residents take the Oath of Citizenship to become Canadian citizens.
Most of our staff took ours at Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) offices.
They’re pretty much everything you’d expect from a government office. That is, no frills. Pretty boring, especially for those stand alone locations in the middle of nowhere.
We sang took our Oath of Citizenship, sang “O Canada” and had our pictures taken with the Citizenship Judge and the Mountie on duty.
Which is why you can count yourself lucky if the folks who organized your citizenship ceremony made a little effort to make it extraordinary.
Take this one Filipino in Canada who took the Oath of Citizenship at the CN Tower.
Not inside the safe and comfortable confines of the main pod of the CN Tower, mind you.
We’re talking about the Edgewalk, where brave souls are tethered as they walk around the perimeter on a ledge just 1.5 meters in width.
They’re walking on what is essentially a circular plank, over 365 meters up in the air.
That’s over 116 storeys up.
By comparison, the Quezon Memorial is 66 meters high, the Eiffel Tower is 300m.
Built in 1976, the CN Tower used to be the tallest free standing structure in the world at 447 meters, until they went and built the Shanghai World Financial Centre in 2008.
CN TOWER EDGEWALK
Edgewalk holds the Guinness Book of World Records for “Highest External Walk on a Building”.
Since 2011, brave Canadians and visitors alike have taken the Edgewalk. They walk in groups of six, with nothing but a harness attached to a trolley.
If you’re even a little bit afraid of heights, this attraction may not be for you.
Edgewalk isn’t just for citizenship ceremonies neither. People have gotten engaged while doing the Edgewalk. They’ve also celebrated birthdays, wedding anniversaries and even done some team building activities up there.
What would you do if your boss asked you to join them for a nice walk? Edgewalk, that is.
Edgewalk is open for an hour and a half every day (weather permitting), with each group taking 30 minutes to complete the walk.
For more information, get in touch with the fine folk at the CN Tower. They’ll hook you up!
416-601-3833 (Daily 9:00am – 8:00pm)
Hi there! We hope you enjoyed this article.
FILIPINOSINCANADA.COM is a growing community of Filipinos in Canada. We haven’t been around for very long, but we’re super enthusiastic!
If you know someone who might be interested in learning more about the Filipino experience in Canada, please do share this post by clicking on the share button below. Thanks for helping our grow our community!
We’d love to hear from you! Please drop us a line for any questions, comments and suggestions: email@example.com
We’re just getting started, thanks for joining us on this journey!