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
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful views over the islands!
    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.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written August 16, 2023
  • Tracey
    Kariong, Australia32 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Views & Friendly Knowledgeable Staff
    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.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written November 6, 2023
  • JuneandMichael
    Encinitas, California26 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great spot for a stop!
    Great place with great views. You don’t get to walk up; everyone takes the elevator. The people running it are very helpful and informative. Views are incredible! And the gift shop has cool products to buy, and we’re not gift shoppers, but this one was worth it.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written June 25, 2024
  • sotms
    New York City, New York289 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a stop.
    Short stop, but breathtaking views. 3 levels (1 indoor, 2 outdoor). Free parking. If coming from USA, allow time for border crossing. 61 Canadian dollars for 3 people. Use a card that doesn't charge foreign transaction fees to save some money. Worth a stop.
    Visited July 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written July 8, 2024
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sotms
New York City, NY289 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Family
Short stop, but breathtaking views. 3 levels (1 indoor, 2 outdoor). Free parking. If coming from USA, allow time for border crossing. 61 Canadian dollars for 3 people. Use a card that doesn't charge foreign transaction fees to save some money.
Worth a stop.
Written July 8, 2024
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JuneandMichael
Encinitas, CA26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Great place with great views. You don’t get to walk up; everyone takes the elevator.
The people running it are very helpful and informative. Views are incredible! And the gift shop has cool products to buy, and we’re not gift shoppers, but this one was worth it.
Written June 25, 2024
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Tracey
Kariong, Australia32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Emily D
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Jess L
Montreal, Canada18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Beth & Jolene are amazing - friendly, knowledgeable, helpful. They really made the history of the tower & islands come alive, gave helpful tips on enjoying & exploring the area.
Written July 29, 2023
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Debbie B
Newmarket, Canada8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Couples
Even though the weather was slightly wet, it was still a truly amazing view from the top of the tower. Well with the money and the people running it are very knowledgeable.
Written September 20, 2022
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Guy987654
Skipton, UK16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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mizdot
Brockville, Canada193 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Stefan P
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
Heard about it from CTV Ottawa, but they forgot to mention the mud wasps. Got to the level covered in glass, was greeted by a gentleman, sort of a guide, he told me about a cottage for sale for five million dollars on an island in view from the tower near the bridge on Canadian side. There was a Raid spray on a table, lots of handouts, posters and other info around. Was not told if I could grab some.
He said the wasps were harmless, unlike other wasps, but my dad began to feel itchy on his hand as if bitten, even though we were told these wasps did not bite. Old tower, old elevator, entry through the gift shop. Great view.
Written October 4, 2021
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Maria D
Montreal, Canada71 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
A great place to take lovely pictures. Even when it's not sunny the place is great. We had the chance to find a great guide who was able to answer our questions and suggest other activities around.
The place is open during the weekends and you may want to reserve in advance. Due to COVID there are limits to the number of people at the same time.
Written September 14, 2021
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