Media Advisory: This weekend's CN Tower climb for WWF-Canada

TORONTO, April 7, 2017 /CNW/ - This weekend, thousands of people will climb the 1,776 steps of Canada's tallest structure as part of WWF-Canada's CN Tower Climb for Nature to help raise more than $1 million for wildlife conservation.

This year is WWF-Canada's 27th and best-attended climb yet, with more than 8,000 people registered. David Miller, former Toronto mayor and current president and CEO of WWF-Canada, will be climbing with them for the first time after training since January.

Where: CN Tower

When: Saturday, April 8 and Sunday, April 9


  • David Miller, WWF-Canada president and CEO and first-time climber
  • USS, Canadian indie rock duo Ashley Parsons and Jason "Human Kebab" Parsons
  • Shaun Stephens-Whale, one of the world's top tower runners
  • Tyler Kruschenske, world championship obstacle course racer and WWF's fastest returning climber
  • Humber College firefighting students
  • Julian Backhouse, a grandfather who uses a wheelchair and is climbing for the third time
  • Corporate teams from Loblaw, Brookfield GIS, Bentall Kennedy, and SunLife Financial, including James Temple, PwC Canada chief corporate responsibility officer
  • +8,000 other climbers

Saturday, April 8 – Public Climb:

  • 5:30 a.m.: Media desk opens at base of CN Tower
  • 6 a.m.: Public climbers start up the tower
  • 6:30 a.m.: David Miller climbs CN Tower for the first time
    • Available for interviews before and after climb; photo-ops entering stairwell and at finish line.
  • 10 a.m.: Last climber enters the tower
  • 11 a.m.: Last of the climbers should have cleared the tower by now

Sunday, April 9 – Public and Ultimate Climb Challenge:

  • 5:30 a.m.: Media desk opens at the base of CN Tower
  • 7 – 7:30 a.m.: Elite Climb Challenge
    • Competitive climbers vie for the fastest time up the CN Tower in under 15 minutes.
  • 7:45 a.m.: David Miller to announce fastest male and female climbers at MTCC, North Building, Hall C, DJ Booth
  • 7:30 – 10 a.m.: Public climbers and team climbers start up the tower
  • 8:30 a.m.: Toronto band USS lead team of fans up the CN Tower
    • Available for interviews in the USS lounge at MTCC, North Building Hall C
  • 10 a.m.: Last climber enters the tower
  • 11 a.m.: Last of the climbers should have cleared the tower by now

Please note that all media will be required to sign security waiver forms in order to ascend the CN Tower by elevator. Forms will be available at the media desk in the base of the Tower.

About WWF-Canada's CN Tower Climb for Nature
WWF-Canada's most significant fundraising event, the CN Tower Climb for Nature raises more than $1 million to protect habitats and species across Canada and around the world. For more information, visit

About World Wildlife Fund Canada
WWF-Canada creates solutions to the environmental challenges that matter most for Canadians. We work in places that are unique and ecologically important, so that nature, wildlife and people thrive together. Because we are all wildlife. For more information, visit


For further information: Emily Vandermeer,, t: 416-489-4567 ext. 7298, m: 519-616-1556; Philippe Devos,, t: 416 484 7703, m: 1 416 453 0092


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