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The Skylon Tower, in Niagara Falls, Ontario is a building that overlooks the Horseshoe Falls from the Canadian side of the Niagara River. Construction on the building began in May of 1964 and was completed on October 6, 1965. The Skylon is a well known feature of the Niagara skyline, but since the hotel building boom of the late 90s seen many similarly sized competitors challenge its role as a unique vantage point on the falls. Location of Niagara Falls in the Niagara Region Niagara Falls, Ontario (2001 population 78,815) is a city located on the Niagara River, in the Golden Horseshoe region. ... Jump to: navigation, search Horseshoe Falls, viewed from Goat Island, showing a portion of the mist generated by the falls. ... Jump to: navigation, search The Niagara River flows to the north from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1964 was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Jump to: navigation, search October 6 is the 279th day of the year (280th in Leap years). ... Jump to: navigation, search 1965 was a common year starting on Friday (link goes to calendar). ...


Standing at 160 meters (520 feet) from street level and 236 meters (775 feet) from the bottom of the falls, the tower required approval from both Canadian and American air transport authorities due to its proximity to the international boundary.


The tower was originally owned by Canadian Pacific Hotels and features a verdigris-green copper roof similar to CP's other properties, including the Ch√Ęteau Frontenac in Quebec City and the Banff Springs Hotel in Banff, Alberta. CP owned and operated the building from 1975-1986, when it was sold to local hotel interests. In 1988 local hotel owner George Yerich purchased the tower and the surrounding complex. Banff Springs Hotel, October, 1929 The Canadian Pacific hotels are a series of hotels across Canada that were originally built by the Canadian Pacific Railway. ... Château Frontenac in Québec The Château Frontenac, a grand hotel, is one of the main attractions of Québec City, Quebec. ... Motto: Don de Dieu feray valoir (Gift of God shall make prosper) Area: 547. ... Banff Springs Hotel, Banff, Alberta. ... Banff may refer to: Banff National Park Banff, Alberta Banff, Scotland Banff Television Festival This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Jump to: navigation, search Motto: Fortis et Liber (Strong and free) Other Canadian provinces and territories Capital Edmonton Largest city Calgary Lieutenant-Governor Norman Kwong Premier Ralph Klein (PC) Area 661,848 km² (6th) • Land 642,317 km² • Water 19,531 km² (2. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1975 was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1975 calendar). ... Jump to: navigation, search 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) is a leap year starting on a Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The tower features three outside mounted "Yellow Bug" elevators. At the time of their construction they were the first such elevators in Canada. They were designed, engineered and maintained by a division of the Otis Elevator Company from Hamilton, Ontario and can carry passengers to the top of the tower in 52 seconds. Unlike conventional elevators that are guided by side rails, the Skylon elevators operate with a guide rail on the backside only. Special equipment is employed to prevent the cables from becoming tangled in the wind or impeded by snow and ice in the winter. A curtain wall on the outside of the tower behind each elevator protects the counterweight and traveling cables from the elements. Jump to: navigation, search The Otis Elevator Company is the worlds largest manufacturer of vertical transportation systems, principally elevators and escalators. ... Jump to: navigation, search Motto: Together Aspire - Together Achieve Area: 1,117. ...


The tower has two restaurants at its top, the upper Revolving Dining Room and the lower Summit Suite Buffet. The RDR seats 276 people and revolves once every hour (a 3 horsepower motor is required to rotate the floor). An observation deck sits at the tower's summit. The base of the tower features a number of gift shops, fast food restaurants and a large amusement arcade. A floor for conventions is also available, but has been seldom utilized in recent years.


With much recent construction in the city, the Skylon complex still retains much of its look and feel from the 80s. A major reconstruction and re-branding initiative began in 2005 to connect the complex with the newly completed Fallsview Casino. The Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort in Niagara Falls, Ontario Canada opened publically on June 10th 2004. ...


See Also

Jump to: navigation, search Konica Minolta Tower (aerial view) The first tower built in Niagara Falls, the Minolta Tower features an indoor observation deck, restaurant, wedding chapel, and hotel. ... Maid of the Mist at the American Falls The Maid of the Mist is a boat tour of Niagara Falls. ... The Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort in Niagara Falls, Ontario Canada opened publically on June 10th 2004. ... Casino Niagara is a commercial casino located in Niagara Falls, Ontario Canada. ... Clifton Hill is the major tourist attraction in Niagara Falls, Ontario. ... Maple Leaf Village is a former amusement park in Niagara Falls, Ontario. ... Whirlpool Aero Car The Spanish Aerocar is a cable car from the Canadian side of Niagara Falls. ...

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The Skylon Tower, in Niagara Falls, Ontario, is the tallest structure that overlooks both the American Falls, New York and the Horseshoe Falls, Ontario from the Canadian side of the Niagara River.
Construction of the Skylon began in May 1964 and was officially opened October 6, 1965 by New York Governor, Nelson Rockefeller and Ontario Premier, John Robarts.
It was the second tower to be built using the slipform method, in which concrete is continually poured into a form moving slowly up the tower.
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