Canada finally agrees to allow tight-rope walker to cross the border his way
February 16, 2012
Daredevil Nik Wallenda will soon walk a tight-rope across the Niagara Gorge from the U.S. into Canada. The Niagara Falls Commission rejected earlier attempts to gain approval for the stunt, but USA Today reports officials have given Wallenda the thumbs up to walk the line this June.
Wallenda's proposal was initially turned down, but the 33-year-old was persistent in his lobbying. Buffalo News reports he presented extensive safety and economic support for his stunt, claiming that the act could generate as much as $20 million in tourism spending for Ontario.
"I'll be very busy from here on out," Wallenda told Buffalo News. "There's a lot of planning, a lot of details that have to be worked out. Without the approval, there was only so much that we could do."
Those who wish to find out more about the stunt from friends in the area can make calls to Canada with international calling cards. The tight-rope is going to be put in place by helicopters, and USA Today states that the stuntman plans to perform the feat without a safety harness.