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Niagara Falls, Canada: Tailrace Tunnel and Skylon Tower Tour

1. Niagara Falls, Canada: Tailrace Tunnel and Skylon Tower Tour

Embark on an interactive historical walking tour to learn how Nikola Tesla used water power on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls. Tour the Skylon Tower and Niagara Parks Power Station and experience the incredible Tailrace Tunnel, diving 180 feet underground in a glass elevator. Your journey into the history of hydropower begins at the Skylon Tower, where you’ll meet your expert guide and look out over the Niagara Parks Power Station, as well as the International Control Dam. Take a glass elevator to the top, where you’ll have time to enjoy the stunning view. After descending, walk to the close-by Illumination Tower, where the Falls are lit up in a wondrous light show each night. Head over to Tesla’s memorial statue as you learn about how Niagara Falls was the ultimate decider in the struggle for hydroelectric supremacy. Stop at the best viewpoint for the Horseshoe Falls and head over to the Power Station, where all of the theory plays out in action. See some of the original machinery that was used in the Station and get the opportunity to try it out for yourself. Finally, enter a glass elevator and descend 180 feet through the inner workings of the Power Station. Walk the path where the water flowed along the Tailrace Tunnel to a one-of-a-kind view from the base of Niagara Falls.

From Niagara Falls, USA: Canadian Side Tour w/ Entry Tickets

2. From Niagara Falls, USA: Canadian Side Tour w/ Entry Tickets

Embark on a fun-filled adventure of the Canadian side of Niagara Falls. See nature's highlights, as well as landmarks along the way that shape the history of the Falls. Relax later with drop-off at your hotel. Begin your tour with pickup directly from your hotel in Niagara Falls, New York before crossing the Rainbow Bridge into Canada. Once there your first stop is the Skylon Tower. Head up 520 feet in a glass elevator to the observation deck where you will be treated to an incredible, birds-eye view. Take in the sight of all three Niagara Falls, including Bridal Veil Falls, Horseshoe Falls, and the American Falls. Views of the Niagara River and surrounding area are also seen from Skylon Tower. Next, descend 125 feet to explore cave-like tunnels behind the Falls at Journey Behind the Falls. Experience a treat for the senses as you hear the falls and feel them mist you as well. Enjoy more photo opportunities at two different observation decks from the tunnels. Then, board the Hornblower Niagara Cruises boat ride (seasonal, operating May - October only, replaced with admission to Niagara's Fury and Butterfly Conservatory in the winter months). Sail around the Niagara gorge and get as close as possible to the Falls. Expect to feel the refreshing mist on your skin during this boat ride - but don’t worry, you will be provided with a recyclable rain poncho. Finally, your guide will take you on a narrated driving tour of the city where you will learn about Niagara’s rich history and distinct geography. Visit several points of interest including Dufferin Islands, the International Control Dam, the Old Scow, Whirlpool Rapids, and the Floral Clock. At the end of your Niagara Falls tour, your guide will drop you off back at your hotel.

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This is a great way to experience Niagara Falls from above AND below! Our guide Diane was fantastic, and even as locals, we learned a ton of new facts about Niagara Falls we didn't know about. You start at the Skylon Tower and head up to the observation deck which has fabulous views of the falls. You'll then walk along the Niagara Parkway, past the Nikolas Tesla Statue and then to the Power Station where you'll descend 180 feet to an incredible brick tunnel to a unique vantage point of Niagara Falls. The Power Station itself is self-guided, so you can spend as much time there as you wish! This tour is great way to see the historic side of Niagara Falls! Tip: ARRIVE EARLY. We were 10 minutes late due to having to park far away from the Skylon Tower and had no way to find our group. It's a bit chaotic inside the Skylon Tower. We grabbed our Skylon Tickets which are good until the end of the year and waited for the tour at Tesla. Remember to wear comfy shoes - it's a lot of walking!

Visite guidée vraiment très intéressante. Notre guide était adorable et connaissait parfaitement son sujet. Elle partageait sa passion et ça se ressentait :) Concernant la visite en elle-même : nous sommes montés en haut de la Skylon Tower (la vue est superbe d'en-haut) ; nous avons marché dans Niagara (et avons reçu des éléments intéressants sur l'histoire des lieux) ; puis nous nous sommes rendus au "Tunnel" de Niagara. Cet ancien bâtiment industriel a vraiment été bien refait, on peut observer les anciennes installations qui servaient à produire de l'électricité. Et le Tunnel permet de se rendre aux pieds des chutes. Wahou ! Bref une belle visite ! Seul petit point : elle n'est proposée qu'en anglais pour le moment (une option en français serait la bienvenue).

A very informative and amazing experience - the tour guide Deanne was very polite, knowledgeable and the tour was well paced I got to see the Niagara power station & tunnel for the first time - it was very fascinating to know about the history and construction! The 360 views from the Skylon tower were breathtaking esp I was lucky to enjoy the bloom of fall colors along Niagara from up above. I totally recommend this tour - it is educating, smoothly paced and definitely worth your time!

Visite très intéressante avec notre guide. Nous sommes montées au sommet de la Skylon pour profiter d'une vue magnifique sur les chutes puis avons marché jusqu’à l'ancienne centrale hydroélectrique. La visite comprend l'accès au tunnel qui offre également une vue imprenable depuis le bas des chutes. La guide nous a parlé de nombreux "fun fact" sur les chutes. Cela pourrait être intéressant de prévoir une visite en français. Je recommande cette visite.