The Skylon Tower at Niagara Falls, Canada. Standing at 160 metres above ground level and 233 metres above the Niagara River, the Skylon is an observation tower that overlooks the three waterfalls that make up the awe-inspiring Niagara Falls. It was opened in 1965 and cost $7 million to build. Construction was financed by Hershey’s, so maybe they paid in chocolate money!

Features include two restaurants, one of which revolves at the gentle rate of once every hour for a panoramic view of the falls, and three observation decks. And of course, there’s an entertainment and shopping complex in the base of the tower.

For me, the coolest thing about the Skylon is the three “Yellow Bug” glass elevators that run along the outside of the structure and apparently reach the top in 52 seconds.

We didn’t go up the Skylon in the end but those elevators do look fun. They’ve certainly got to be better than walking up the 662 steps to the top!

6 Replies to “Skylon Tower”

    1. Thanks! I kinda wish we had gone up now, especially as because of covid Niagara was like a ghost town and there were no queues for anything. But at the same time, it sounded a bit naff and touristy 😁

            1. A lot of stuff was closed and there were hardly any tourists, so we didn’t really explore the strip. After we did the boat, we spent most of our day walking along the side of the gorge/river. It was such nice weather!

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