Double Deck Tours Ltd.
Written by Paul A. Bateson
Double Deck Tours Limited, Niagara Falls, Ontario was established by the late Norman Watson in 1965 when he purchased three ex-London Transport RTW buses (127/8/48). A year later another three buses were acquired. These were lowbridge ECW-bodied Bristol K6A ex-Crosville (DKA 319/27/37). An ex-London Transport RTL (1315) arrived in 1967.
During the 1970s a large fleet of RT buses was purchased, followed in the 1980s onwards by Routemasters. The total fleet reached over 20 buses and at its peak was the largest single owner of Routemasters in the world. Following a decline in tourism and patronage the fleet has been considerably reduced.On 16 April 2012, a left-hand drive ECW-bodied Leyland Olympian was added to the fleet but this was only used once for an enthusiast's tour - it was sold in 2016.
The company was sold to Ambassatours, Halifax, NS on 31 October 2018. The fleet on this date consisted of 7 RM, 3 RML and 2 RCL. This was reduced on 11 November 2018 when five buses (1, 14, 15, 23 and 24) were transferred to Halifax.
Double Deck Tours, a division of Ambassatours, has been offering tours from its location within Niagara Parks, for over 40 years. Tour offerings include daily sightseeing tours (with top parks attractions included), as well as Hop on-Hop off tours aboard its pristine fleet of vintage Routemaster double decker buses.