WWF Canada’s CN Tower Climb raises record $1.44 million


TORONTO-    World Wildlife Fund Canada’s CN Tower Climb for Nature raised $1.44 million and counting for Canadian wildlife this weekend, making it the most successful climb in the event’s 28-year history. More than 8,500 people registered to climb all 1,776 steps to the top of the tower on Saturday and Sunday morning, including more than 100 corporate teams.

This was the first climb for Megan Leslie, WWF-Canada’s new president and CEO, who climbed the tower in 24 minutes and 35 seconds. She says:

“Joining thousands of climbers in this incredible outpouring of enthusiasm for the conservation of wildlife is an amazing high. With some 400 volunteers cheering us on, together we climbed 144 storeys – that’s 1,776 steps – and raised more than $1.44 million on this chilly weekend to protect nature for wildlife and people.”

The Elite Climb Challenge on Sunday, April 8 attracted track champions, tower runners and other speedy climbers who vied for the fastest time up the CN Tower.

  • Tyler Kruschenske, 31, from Brantford, Ont., was this year’s fastest climber with a time of 10 minutes and 43 seconds.
  • Aysia Maurice, 13, from Bolton, Ont., was the fastest female with a time of 13 minutes and 35 seconds. This is her second year in a row as WWF-Canada’s fastest female climber. (GLOBE NEWSWIRE)