Nik Wallenda will bring back the tight-rope experience to Niagara Falls in a one time only high wire act. Now that the Niagara Parks Commision is allowing Nik Wallenda to enjoy the splendor of Niagara Falls while adding to the enjoyment of other visitors.
Staying in Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls is one of the safest places in the world to see such a powerful and dangerous part of nature as a tourist. Nik Wallenda is not coming to Niagara Falls as a tourist, he is bringing back the daredevil culture. It is an important part of reclaiming the sense of adventure and real feeling of danger that has been gradually disappearing over the decades. It is welcome news that Nik Wallenda plans to make his move to Niagara Falls permanent, as a resident he will be a part of the growing number of entertainers that travel the globe and choose to come home to Niagara.
History of Danger
"Other daredevils have made crossing the falls their goal, starting with the successful passage by Jean François "Blondin" Gravelet in 1859. These tightrope walkers drew huge crowds to witness their exploits. Their wires ran across the gorge, near the current Rainbow Bridge, not over the waterfall itself. Among the many was Ontario's William Hunt, who billed himself as "The Great Farini" and competed with Blondin in performing outrageous stunts over the gorge. Englishman Captain Matthew Webb, the first man to swim the English Channel, drowned in 1883 after unsuccessfully trying to swim the rapids down river from the falls." Quote from Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niagara_Falls)
This is a big deal and many of the biggest players in Niagara Falls are saying this will be one of the three biggest events in Niagara alongside the War of 1812 Memorials and major concerts coming to the region. There is never a bad time to visit Niagara Falls, but for the truest thrill seekers this would be a bad time not to visit. The only thing that could push this over the top would be a visit by Queen Elizabeth and the Royal Family. Hotels are booking early for Canada Day 2012 in Niagara Falls and anyone that isn't already at the top of the list may have difficulty the longer that they wait - book now.
Update: Not only has the event been announced but we are hosting an event and are sponsoring the WallendaCam at http://www.wallendacam.com/