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1000 Islands landmark for sale at $2.5 million

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: 1000 Islands landmark for sale at $2.5 million
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There's been some very cool things for sale around the Thousand Islands recently, obviously islands, but also lighthouses, boathouses and even castles. But this one ranks right up there, a 400-foot tower just across the border that's become a must-see for tourists. Our Brian Dwyer gives us a tour of what $2.5 million can buy you.

ONTARIO, CANADA -- As you approach the U.S./Canadian border you can't miss it. On Hill Island in Ontario, standing 400 feet in the sky, the 1000 Islands Skydeck.

"There's no other place you can go in this area and see what you see when you come up here," Skydeck Office Manager Linda Campbell said.

Built in 1965, the tower attracts some 40,000 people a year and they come from everywhere.

"All over the world," Skydeck Supervisor Pat Cranker said. "We get mostly Europeans, Australians, New Zealand, all through the states and all across Canada."

To get to the top, there's 720 stairs to get up to 400 feet. But those are for maintenance workers only. People can use the speed elevator that takes about 40 seconds to reach the top.

"There's not a spot to look at up here that isn't worth seeing," Campbell said.

The 360-degree view lets you see 40 miles out on the Islands. There's everything from famous landmarks to whole villages and even the border itself.

"You've got your U.S. side where you can see Boldt Castle and you go out here and see the Ivy Lea Village," Campbell added. "You don't see this kind of stuff anywhere else."

It's a unique attraction that can now be yours. Its owner, Leonard Stratford, is selling the tower, along with its gift shop, currency exchange, ice cream shop, 11 acres of land and more, for $2.5 million.

Employees are hoping the buyer is interested in keeping this iconic tower around.

"It's going to take someone like Mr. Stratford, who is totally committed to serving the people, keeping this looking great and not change it," Campbell said. "It would be a shame if it were changed after all the work he's put into it over the years."

Stratford tells us the asking price is negotiable.

The Skydeck remains open as it awaits a buyer. Tickets to get to the top are just under $10 for adults and $6 for children.

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