Niagara Skywheel

By on December 10, 2013

The Niagara Skywheel is Niagara’s newest attraction. As Canada’s largest Ferris wheel, and one of North America’s largest, the Niagara Skywheel provides unprecedented views of Niagara Falls, the Niagara Gorge, and Clifton Hill.

The Swiss made Niagara Skywheel was designed by Ronald Bussink Professional Rides. It was constructed in 2006 at a cost of over 10 million dollars. The wheel stands at 175 feet tall. It includes 42 fully enclosed gondolas, each capable of carrying 6 – 8 people. The gondolas are fully heated and air conditioned, allowing the Skywheel to operate year round. The gondolas also feature antiglare UV protected glass, allowing visitors to take photos of the stunning surroundings.

The ride begins with the simultaneous loading of 6 gondolas at a time. Once inside visitors will notice how extremely comfortable the gondolas are, reducing any fears of heights or safety issues. The ride will then begin its slow clockwise turns. At the top of the rotation visitors can observe the Falls in great detail. Visitors will also have a great vantage point to view the city, the Niagara Gorge, and Clifton Hill. The ride last for about 8 – 12 minutes, or approximately 6 revolutions.

For an even more amazing experience, try riding the Skywheel as the sun is setting. The lighting provides excellent photo opportunities of the falls as the setting sun illuminates them perfectly.