Wallenda’s Niagara Falls Tightrope Walk is Set

February 16, 2012

Daredevil Nik Wallenda is set to walk an 1,800-foot tightrope across Niagara Falls this summer.

The Canadian Parks Commission approved the stunt Wednesday, removing the final obstacle after New York changed state law in September to allow it.

Wallenda plans to install the rope between American and Canadian parkland and walk from one country to the other. The drop will be 70 feet at its highest, with a dip that Wallenda will walk down into the mist from the gorge.

The Canadian parks officials had initially refused to allow the stunt. But Wallenda got the backing of the Ontario Tourism minister, who helped convince them to reverse course.

Wallenda is a seventh-generation member of the Flying Wallendas. He has a deal with Discovery television to broadcast the spectacle live.

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