Niagara SkyWheel

One of the best ways to view the magnificent Niagara Falls is from the Niagara SkyWheel.  Straddling the United States and Canadian borders, Niagara Falls is made up of three waterfalls (Horseshoe, American and Bridal Veil Falls) that collectively produce a water flow of over 2.8 million litres per second. 

Enabling visitors to view Niagara Falls from a birds-eye view, the Niagara SkyWheel provides panoramic, 360-degree views of the Falls from above, as well as view of the city and the Niagara River. 

For up-to-date information and details on the Niagara SkyWheel, we recommend you visit their website. For information about other places of interest to explore nearby, keep scrolling to see what Destination Ontario recommends. 

For up-to-date information and details on the Niagara SkyWheel, we recommend you visit their website. For information about other places of interest to explore nearby, keep scrolling to see what Destination Ontario recommends. 

View of whole Niagara Sky Wheel lit up at night. Big ferris wheel

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More about Niagara SkyWheel

The Niagara SkyWheel, which is also sometimes called the Clifton Hill SkyWheel, is a giant ferris wheel in Niagara Falls, Ontario. It is one of the biggest observation wheels in Canada. 

Just under 1.5 km away from Niagara Falls, the Niagara SkyWheel sits on top of Clifton Hill, the major tourist area in the city of Niagara Falls, Ontario. 

At 53 metres tall, the Niagara SkyWheel is taller than the Falls itself, providing a breathtaking, aerial viewing experience of Niagara Falls from the sky. 

The SkyWheel consists of 42 passenger cars that are fully enclosed, so you can enjoy this attraction whether the sun is shining or there’s rain in the forecast. Even better, the cars all come equipped with both heating and air conditioning, so you won’t be bothered by the winter frost or heat of the summer. 

Unlike the usual ferris wheels you’re used to, which seat two people, each passenger car can carry up to 9 people, making it a perfect activity to add to your family or group’s itinerary. Passengers control their car’s temperature, speaker volume (through which the guided tour is projected) and lighting.  

The Niagara SkyWheel operates day and night, and it runs past dark. Hours of operation can vary by season, so it’s best to check hours to plan your visit. 

Visiting the SkyWheel during the day will undoubtedly provide you with amazing views of the Niagara region, including the Falls and the many parks and landmarks of the area. However, according to hundreds of fans of the attraction, treating yourself to a ride after dark is truly special.  

Riding the SkyWheel at night offers a unique experience, as you’re treated to a light show over the Falls. Every day at dusk the American and Horseshoe Falls become awash with vibrant colours from the Illumination Tower, the rooftop of the Table Rock Centre and the Niagara Gorge. 

Each ride on the SkyWheel lasts between 8-12 minutes, and you can ride it year-round. If that sounds like a short ride, don’t worry — your trip to Clifton Hill won’t be wasted. After you soak up the stunning view from the SkyWheel, there’s plenty to keep you busy. 

Also known as the “Street of Fun,” Clifton Hill offers entertainment, attractions, food, and shopping. Grab a bite to eat or a drink at one of the eateries nearby, or if you’re looking for something more casual, enjoy a hot dog or sweet treat from one of the quick stops along your way. Ready for more entertainment? Head to one of the many attractions Clifton Hill is known for, like the Niagara Speedway, one of two mini-golf courses, or the Movieland Wax Museum.  

The Niagara SkyWheel is one of the most popular attractions on Clifton Hill, so expect some traffic or lineups. This is especially the case at the height of the tourist season, which peaks in July and August. 

Designed by the architect and acclaimed ferris wheel designer Ronald Bussink, the SkyWheel was built in 2006 and cost $10 million to erect. The giant ferris wheel was manufactured by Chance Rides, a well-known amusement park ride manufacturer based in Kansas, in the United States. 

If you’ve visited Niagara Falls before 2006, you may notice that there is no longer the Falls Tower Ride; this is because the Niagara SkyWheel replaced it.