Advantages Offers a truly unique way of viewing Niagara Falls
Disadvantages Wire mesh on outer section does get in the way of good photos, can be cold
Once I had decided I was going to Toronto and had made the booking, I spent a bit of time thinking about what I wanted to do when I got there. Because my visit was off season, many of the regular tourist attractions, such as a boat trip on Lake Ontario weren’t running but one attraction which runs 365 days a year is Niagara Falls. Of course Niagara Falls aren’t actually in Toronto, but they are close enough for a day trip.
Following a little research I decided to book a Greyhound bus for my day trip to the Canadian side of Niagara Falls. Organised tour trips are available too but these tend to include a fairly tight schedule and a stop at a vineyard on the way back. I have nothing against vineyards myself but merely visualising my daughter saying “this is boring” repeatedly was enough for me to realise an organised trip was out of the question.
The Skylon Tower opened in 1965 and features an observation deck and two restaurants – a revolving one and the upper buffet restaurant.
The tower is 160 metres high and sits 236 metres from the bottom of the falls giving spectacular views of both the American and the Horseshoe Falls.
It costs C$14 for admission to the observation decks but other options are available, including lunch, and you can also, if you desire, pay extra and experience the 3D/4D movie entitled Legends of the Fall.
As the buffet was closed and the a la carte restaurant didn’t offer food which appealed to my daughter (ie it was too sophisticated), we decided just to visit the observation decks.
Location of the Tower
The Skylon Tower is located in the Fallsview region of Niagara Falls. If you arrive in Niagara Falls by bus or train it’s a couple of miles to get there. When we arrived I took a taxi there and it cost me C$15 including tip but buses do run fairly regularly too.
Car parking is available at the tower too. When we visited the car park was pretty empty but I would imagine there are queues for it in high season so if you visit in summer it might be best to head there early.
We arrived at the tower just after 11.00 am and went straight to the ticket kiosk inside the main lobby area. There wasn’t a queue and within minutes of purchasing our tickets we were shown to the elevator which took us to the top of the tower.
The elevators are all mounted on the outside of the tower so if you are of a nervous disposition it’s worth considering this as you can see the ground moving away from you at speed. I am prone to bouts of vertigo when I am some distance from the ground but I didn’t find the elevators too scary. If heights don’t bother you then my advice is to just enjoy the view as it is truly spectacular. There is an operator in each elevator who gives you information about the tower and what is available when you get to the top.
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