Iguazu Falls, the Dead Sea, Grand Canyon, Vesuvius, the Amazon Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef; great company for Canada’s Bay of Fundy, and — along with 21 other natural wonder finalists — vying to be one of the new seven wonders of nature.
When the search for the New 7 Wonders of Nature began 440 locations were submitted from 220 countries. Founder and President of the campaign, Bernard Weber, noted “Breathtakingly beautiful, natural places are still quite unknown to many. From waterfalls to fjords, rainforests to mountain peaks, freshwater lakes to volcanoes, we are discovering together the incredible beauty and variety of our planet.” Global voting took place, the top 77 were shortlisted, and then a panel of experts advised on the selection of 28 official finalist candidates. The Bay of Fundy is the only finalist in Canada.
New Brunswick and Nova Scotia’s Bay of Fundy is where the ocean flexes its tidal muscle. This 170 mile long ocean bay stretches between the two Canadian provinces and is home to the Highest Tides in the World. 100 billion tons of seawater flows in and out of the Bay twice daily, creating magnificent tides that reach 16 metres (53 feet), the height of a four-storey building. It takes six hours and 13 minutes for the tides to go from high to low. The amount of water in one tide cycle would fill and then empty the Grand Canyon.
Interesting facts about the Bay:
. The tidal energy is 10 times more powerful than any other site in North America and generates environmentally-sustainable electricity.
. Comparable in marine biodiversity to the Amazon Rainforest
. Through ocean currents and massive tides, biologically linked to the rest of the world by fish, bird and marine mammal migrations.
. Hosts over 12 species of whales during their summer and fall feedings and half the world’s population of rare and endangered Right Whales.
. Has the world’s most complete fossil record of the “Coal Age” (300 million years ago).
. Home to the world’s oldest reptiles and Canada’s oldest dinosaurs.
. Site of the Triassic/Jurassic extinction.
In order to become one of the New 7 Wonders, and take its place on the worldwide tourism map, Fundy needs your vote NOW. To see the other finalists you can visit the campaign website www.n7w.com The deadline is November 11, 2011 and you can vote as follows: