Skylon Tower Timeline

Interactive TImeline

Skylon Tower joined the list of mesmerizing Niagara Falls attractions when its construction began in May of 1964. Skylon Tower officially opened its doors to the general public on October 6, 1965.

Since the grand opening of Skylon Tower, it has built a wealth of history by hosting a variety of events and making renovations over the years.

Skylon has also had its fair share of famous faces that have experienced the beautiful view and exquisite Niagara Falls dining that only this monumental and famous landmark can provide.

To take you down Skylon’s memory lane, below is an interactive timeline where you can witness and experience significant events that has occurred at Skylon Tower and around the region of Niagara Falls Canada during Skylon’s existence.

20th Anniversary of the Niagara Falls Fireworks Series

September 1st, 2013 marks the end of the 20th season of the Niagara Falls Fireworks series, the longest fireworks series in Canada.

Sep 1
2013
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Snowbirds Flying Over Niagara Falls

The Snowbirds performed a 25-minute, non aerobatic show over Niagara Falls. The Snowbirds made history with this show as it was one of the first of its kind in the Niagara Falls region.

May 29
2013
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Famous Canadian Olympian participates in Stair Climb for Cancer

Former Olympic Wrestler Marty Calder participates in the 660 stair climb for Children’s Cancer at the Skylon tower.

Apr 13
2013
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Skylon helps bring in the New Year with a Bang

2,000 pounds of fireworks were launched from the Skylon Tower down in the Niagara Gorge to ring in the year 2013. Featured performances by Nelly Furtado, Hedley and Dragonette.

Dec 31
2012
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Redbull Crashed Ice

Niagara Falls, Canada landed the Red Bull Crashed Ice Event which cost approximately $700,000 to host. The start of the race began in the parking lot of the Skylon Tower.

Dec 1
2012
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Famous Late Night Talk Show Hosts Visits Niagara Falls

David Letterman visits Niagara Falls for his son’s 9th birthday. Letterman and his entourage ate lunch at Skylon Tower before taking in the Aero car in the afternoon.

Nov 6
2012
Famous Late Night Talk Show Hosts Visits Niagara Falls

Canadian Funny

Celebrated Canadian Comedian, Ron James visits the Skylon Tower in Niagara Falls, Canada.

Aug 13
2012
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Jay Cochrane Skywalk 2012

Jay Cochrane performs Skywalk 2012 where he performs the greatest highwire performance in North American history for 81 straight dates (July 6, 2012, to September 24, 2012). Any Donations that Jay received were sent to two children’s charities – The Boys and Girls Club of Niagara and the Tender Wishes Foundation.

Jul 6
2012
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Tightrope across the Falls.

High wire artist Nik Wallenda became the first person to walk across Niagara Falls in 116 years.

Jun 15
2012
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Gumball 3000 Rally Roars Into Niagara

More than 100 elite cars arrived at Skylon Tower in Niagara Falls, Canada for the Gumball 3000 New York-to-Los Angeles car rally.

May 24
2012
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Comic Con

Comic Con was hosted in Niagara Falls, Canada for the first time in 2011.

2012
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50th Anniversary of the Shaw Festival

2012 Marked 50 years of the Shaw Festival in Niagara Falls, Canada featuring many plays, actors and actresses.

2012
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Bicentennial

The Niagara Falls region commemorates the war of 1812 Bicentennial and the 200 years of peace between the participating nations.

2012
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Niagara Falls First Women’s Half Marathon

A women’s dedicated event where participants can run or walk along the Niagara river and past Niagara Falls twice.

2012
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New Year’s Eve Bash

The annual New Year’s Eve Bash in the region of Niagara Falls, Canada had stunning performances by Our Lady Peace, and Keshia Chante.

Dec 31
2011
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Niagara Wine Festival

2011 was the 60th year of the Niagara Grape & Wine Festival.

2011
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Skylon Tower hosted the 2011 Women’s Artistic Ontario Championships

Shannon Dawe of Quantum Niagara Acrobats a local gymnastics club landed the opportunity to host the 2011 Women’s Artistic Ontario Championships, with 300 gymnasts participating in the event.

2011
Skylon Tower hosted the 2011 Women’s Artistic Ontario Championships

Daredevil Jumping from the Skylon Tower

Dean Sullivan a famous daredevil jumps off the Skylon Tower to raise awareness for Daredevil Days, the second summer festival aimed at revitalizing downtown Niagara Falls, Canada.

Jul 7
2008
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Work was done to the roof of the Skylon Tower to bring out its bright copper colour

Before work was done on the roof, Skylon Tower has maintained its look from the 70s and 80s.

2008

Springlicious Festival – Beer, Wine, Food Expo

The first Springlicious Festival was hosted in 2007 featuring local artists, bands, a children’s area and street entertainment.

2007
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Niagara Music Awards

2007 was the first year of the Niagara Music Awards and it was held to celebrate and promote homegrown, musical, Niagara talent.

2007
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Farmer’s Market at the Village

2007 was the first year of the Farmer’s Market at the village in the region of Niagara Falls, Canada. It was established after a growing community interest in buying local product and supporting local farmers.

2007
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Niagara Skywheel

The Niagara Skywheel cost $10 million to make and the ride lasts 12-15 minutes, giving passengers the views of the Niagara River, the Horseshoe Falls and the American Falls.

Jun 1
2006
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Financier of Skylon Tower passed away at 77

Richard Reese who financed the construction for the Skylon Tower passed away in Vancouver on April 8th, 2005

Apr 8
2005

Jay Cochrane performed the Skylon Tower Skywalk

Jay Cochrane’s Skywalk in 2005 is considered one of the greatest skywalking events in North American History.

2005
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Fallsview Casino

The Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort began construction in 2001 and was opened to the public on June 10, 2004. The complex contains gaming tables, slot machines, hotels, restaurants and a nightclub.

Jun 10
2004
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Out with the Old and in with the New

Sometime in the early 2000s, Skylon Tower replaces its old amusement park with the Skylon Family Fun Centre also dubbed as the Skyquest.

2000
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Casino Niagara

Casino Niagara first opened its door in 1996 on the former site of the Maple Leaf Village amusement park. The Casino contains over 1500 slot machines and more than 40 table games.

Dec 9
1996

SCENE Music Festival

The first SCENE music festival was held in 1995 and is now one of the largest independent music festivals in Canada.

1995
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End of an Era

Around 1995, most of the rides were gone and the park closed sometime in the late 1990s.

1995

Icewine Festival

1994 was the first year of the Annual Niagara Icewine Festival, which features various wineries near Niagara Falls showcasing their signature flavours of ice wine.

1994
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First Stairclimb

1992 was the first year of the Annual Stairclimb for Cancer Event at Skylon Tower.

1992
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Sentineal Carriages

1989 was the first year Sentineal Carriages provided horse and carriage tours for visitors of Niagara-on-the-Lake a historical town near Niagara Falls, Canada.

1989
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Royalty visits Skylon Tower

Prince Andrew and his new bride at the time, Sarah – officially called the Duke and Duchess of York visits the Skylon Tower during their visit to Niagara Falls, Canada.

Jul 18
1987
Royalty visits Skylon Tower

The Pelham Art Festival

1987 was the first year of the Pelham Art Festival and is now one of the premier spring festivals in Southern Ontario.

1987
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Skylon Tower Lighting System

The Skylon Tower unveiled its lighting system containing 5,000 bulbs spread across 30 cables, stretching from the ground to the base.

1987

Friendship Festival

1986 was the first year of the Friendship Festival and has become one of the biggest festivals in Canada.

1986
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A record breaking stunt over Niagara Falls

Steve Trotter became the youngest person (age 22) to go over Niagara Falls in a Barrel.

Aug 1
1985
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Two men basejump off the Skylon Tower

Two unidentified men parachuted from the top observation deck of the Skylon Tower to the ground below.

Jun 21
1985

Stunt over Horseshoe Falls

Karel Soucek of Hamilton, successfully plunged over the Horseshoe falls in a barrel with only minor injuries. However since the stunt was not sanctioned he was fined $500.

Jul 2
1982
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Festival Of Lights

1982 was the first year of the Niagara Winter Festival of Lights and has become one of Niagara’s premier festivals.

1982
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Superman Visits the Skylon Tower

Skylon created a specific menu for Christopher Reeves the star of Superman II as well as the rest of the cast.

May 29
1981
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The Piano Man

Doug Bates was hired as the in house piano player and was given the name “The Piano Man.”

1981
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Maple Leaf Village

Maple Leaf Village was an amusement park and entertainment complex that first opened in 1979 with $26 million invested into the amusement park project. It was one of the best amusement parks in Canada at the time; however once the novelty wore off, the stores started closing. Maple Leaf Village was eventually restructured and replaced with Casino Niagara in 1996.

1979
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One of the greatest Pianist visits Skylon Tower

Liberace visits the Skylon Tower on August 8th, 1978.

Aug 30
1978
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Indoor Amusement Park Launched at The Skylon Tower

The indoor amusement park was underground in the Tower’s lower level that contained rides and other activities.

1975

Niagara Falls International Marathon

Formerly known as the Skylon Marathon, the Niagara Falls International Marathon was first held in 1974. What makes the Niagara Falls International Marathon so special is that it is the only marathon in the world that starts in one country and finishes in another.

1974
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Niagara-on-the-Lake

1970 was the year when the name Niagara-on-the-Lake was officially adopted for the small historical town in Niagara Falls, Canada.

1970
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Skylon Tower is Officially Opened

The Skylon Tower was opened by New York governor Nelson Rockefeller and Ontario Premier John Robarts.

Oct 6
1965
Skylon Tower is Officially Opened

The Tower Was Officially Named the “Skylon Tower”

On May 21st, 1965, Skylon Tower officially gets its name.

May 21
1965
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Construction Began for Skylon Tower

Skylon Tower’s construction began in May 1964 and was owned by a private partnership called Niagara International Centre.

May 14
1964
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