1000 Islands Tower
1000 Islands Tower
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
The 1000 Islands Tower (formerly known as 1000 Islands Skydeck) is a unique tourist attraction located between the spans of the 1000 Islands International Bridge on Hill Island. Running continuously, the elevator takes only 40 seconds to reach the first of three observation decks and provide visitors with a spectacular photographic opportunity as they enjoy the panoramic view of the 1000 Islands and St Lawrence River stretched out 400' below. The first deck is glass enclosed. Our friendly Tour guide is always available to answer questions and point things out. In addition visitors can browse our Gift shop and exchange Currency.
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Emily D
2 contributions
Aug 2023 • Solo
What a beautiful view over all the islands, you can see everything. You enter via the gift shop and it’s a quick escalator ride up, which takes you to the (undercover) observation deck. There are also two more levels, the third level is outside. The employee was a great story teller and is local so knew everything about the area, including what to see/do. I was one of the first ones up so it wasn’t too busy that I spent about an hour taking it all in. Would highly recommend going at 10:15 to avoid all the crowds. Overall it was really great, definitely a “must do” experience if you’re visiting the 1000 islands.
Written August 17, 2023
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Guy987654
Skipton, UK16 contributions
Jul 2022
Loved this place. A bit of a (not very well) hidden gem in thousand islands. Not many people seemed to visit (Monday afternoon in July), no queues or crowds which was great. The views from the top were fantastic. The proximity to the border also make it very interesting.

It looks unchanged since it was built in the 1960's - which for me gave it a real attractive quirkiness and reminds me of my visits to Canada many years ago.

The cost was also very fair for what you get. You even get a guide at the top for no extra cost.
Written July 17, 2022
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Ron J
Oakville, Canada13 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
Go for the view, stay a bit longer for the stories. The tour guide was very informative about the area and the history. Go here first in your visit the area, and the tour guide will tell you all the other local places the visit
Written August 31, 2021
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Kutekronik
7 contributions
Jul 2021 • Solo
I had a tower visit booked for 3:30
Now I must note:
Before you can cross the bridge to the island you pass through a toll booth.. which confused me - I wish there was a note about this when booking my visit, but as it was only $5 and took debit I was ok, but a warning would have been awesome

The tower was epic ! You could see forever !
The tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and was great to chat with. He knew so much, not only about the tower, but the surrounding area as he’s lived there his whole life

He gave us a ton of information about what we’d see at the top and sent us on our way !

While waiting for the elevator to head back down, we were chatting some more and he recommend I head to Brockville when I was done on the island to check out this dope train tunnel, which I did !
Written July 12, 2021
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Brittany
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Jun 2021 • Family
I want to start this off by saying I understand we’re in a pandemic and doing our best to be safe and find places where we’re not crowded. So this evening we drove out to the tower with our two young girls just to picnic and do a little metal detecting and this lady walks over.. and RUDELY asks us what we’re doing. Like we’re doing something wrong? Meanwhile we had already been there for over an hour. There were no signs that it was a private property. I mean everything is closed. I didn’t know that meant we couldn’t go places? She just was so rude and I wouldn’t recommend anyone go there even when it is open.
Written June 9, 2021
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mizdot
Brockville, Canada192 contributions
Oct 2021 • Family
It’s great! Staff were friendly, quick service, clean restrooms, excellent view. We precooked our time and tickets online. The gift shop interior is outdated and in need of some tlc but it does t take away from the view from the tower! Highly recommend the experience especially when the leaves change colour in the fall. Bring money for the toll bridge to get onto the island.
Written October 15, 2021
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Tracey
Kariong, Australia29 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
We were blessed with a perfect day to ascend the tower and enjoy the stunning views. We chose to double back from Rockport after doing a boat tour and were so pleased we did so, as it is truly amazing viewing the islands from that height. The ladies on duty were both friendly and full of information and we spent some pleasant time chatting with them and some other visitors. The gift shop and facilities you access the tower through do need a serious revamp though - they are extremely dated.
Written November 6, 2023
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RescueTeam 🇨🇦
West Grey, Canada107,957 contributions
Located just north of the Canada / US border in the heart of the 1000 Islands, the Skydeck is one of the area’s great attractions.

Our visit to the 1000 Island Skydeck was on a beautiful sunny August afternoon. The views from the outdoor observation deck were spectacular. The admission price is a bit steep, $9.75 + tax, but the views were not to be missed. The staff were all friendly and knowledgeable about the area and what sites to look for.

Access to the tower is through a gift shop full of the usual overpriced souvenirs – T shirts, spoons, paperweights, candy, etc. and then a short ride up the elevator.

The 1000 Skylon Tower is worth the visit IF the weather is co-operating, but if a rainy / cloudy day, it would not be on my “to do” list.
Written August 29, 2010
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Maurene_K
Dover, NH10,956 contributions
May 2016 • Friends
The 1000 Islands Observation Tower was about a 30-minute drive from Captain Thompson’s Resort where we stayed in the Thousand Islands. Its location on Highway 137 on Hill Island is right near the Thousand Islands International Bridge over the St. Lawrence River.

This 400-foot tower had an elevator so it was effortless to get up to the first and largest observation deck.

Although it was quite windy on the day of our visit, the wind didn’t feel all that strong when we were on the first observation deck. It got windier as we climbed to the two upper decks.

Although the views from that first observation deck were great, the two climbs were well worth it because the views from the two other decks were slightly better as they were higher up. The views from all three decks are quite spectacular. On a clear day, a good number of the nearly 1900 islands can been seen from this vantage point which also provides a fantastic view of the Thousand Islands International Bridge. We could see the area where Boldt Castle and Captain Thompson’s Resort were.

During our visit, we buddied up with a family of four from Toronto. The two young boys between ages 6 and 10 were wide-eyed at the sights they saw. So, this attraction is very appropriate for youngsters in that age group and older.

There was a guide to answer questions. He was very knowledgeable.

There were stationary binoculars for long-distance viewing.

Afterwards, one can enjoy frozen treats in the ice cream shop.

There was a very nice gift shop with everything from T-shirts, jackets, and caps to coffee mugs and books. There is also a currency exchange station in the gift shop.

We highly recommend visiting this attraction for all ages. This a must-see in the Thousand Islands Region.

The St. Lawrence Islands National Park is just a short distance up Highway 137. It takes up most of Hill Island.

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Written June 15, 2016
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Peter K
Southampton, PA313 contributions
May 2014 • Couples
This SkyDeck is located just miles from American-Canadian Border, Gananogue (Canada) and Alexandria Bay (NY, USA).
You can stop there for half of hour or so. Great view on Thousand Islands opens from the top of the tower. Very fast elevator can take you to any of three levels.
Be advised that tower is not open all year around and can be close due to windy weather.
Very convenient and good souvenir shop at the exit.
Written October 22, 2014
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