SKYWALK Saint John is an observation platform, rooftop deck, and theatre at the Reversing Falls Rapids Visitor Center.
Plan 20 – 45 minutes for your first visit.
Upon entering the facility your experience begins when you receive a “Rooftop Pass” which doubles as a souvenir postcard! The pass is valid for two days to the original holder thus allowing visitors ample time to see all three tidal stages … low, slack and high tides. We advise seeing at least two of the stages.
Next, you will enter the elevator to the rooftop theatre. The theatre includes a 12-minute film that explains the Reversing Falls Rapids phenomenon, the geology, history of the area and things to do while awaiting the next tidal extreme. You are welcome to watch the film as many times as you wish.
After the film, venture out onto the large rooftop deck and SKYWALK observation platform featuring several transparent floor panels and a great view. Find a bench or table and hang out.
The strategic location of the platform provides a unique view of the Reversing Falls Rapids. If you see water flowing normally downstream then the dominating tidal condition is low tide, calm waters indicate slack tide and reverse flow indicates the tidal condition is most influenced by high tide. SKYWALK also provides a great view of the city and “uptown” skyline.
Look over the sides of SKYWALK and clearly see where 1.2 billion-year-old Precambrian age marble (light color rock) from the South Pole area collided with 515 million-year-old igneous rock (dark color) of the Caledonia terrain from Africa. Imagine 685 million years age difference! The marble originated as sea creatures and the igneous rock is volcanic from the earth’s interior.
If the tide is rising there is a high chance you will see our local Harbour Seals following the tide (and the fish) in. Look for their heads which appear like baseball caps. You will also see gulls, cormorants and other feathered friends flying below.
Observe the tidal conditions up close. Watch the gravitational power of the moon causing changes on earth before your eyes! You are seeing the greatest example of tidal impact upon any river on earth.
Check your watch and our real-time tidal display to plan your return to see the next tidal event at its best.
We look forward to welcoming you to SKYWALK Saint John and the Reversing Falls Rapids!