Canadian officials gave final approval to daredevil Nik Wallenda’s bid to tightrope across Niagara Falls on Wednesday. The Canadian Parks Commission decided to grant Wallenda a one-time exception to the longtime “stunting” ban which prohibits such activities at the Falls. Tourism officials on both sides of the border believe that Wallenda’s crossing, which is likely to occur in mid-June and will be covered live on the Discovery Channel, is likely to boost tourism in the region.
In an extensive interview with Gadling in January, Wallenda said that if he didn’t receive permission from Canadian officials, he’d cross the U.S. portion of the Falls, but maintained that crossing the international boundary was his dream. He said that he had his own rescue team and insisted that the event would be a win/win for the region.