Bay of Fundy one of 28 'Wonders of Nature' finalists
Published Saturday, October 1, 2011 8:19AM EDT
Canada's Bay of Fundy is one of 28 finalists in a bid to be named one of the world's new seven "Wonders of Nature."
The 270 kilometre-long ocean bay stretches between the provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, and is home to the highest tides in the world -- and dozens of species of whales.
"The tides here are 53 feet, or 17 metres high. Most of the world's tides are around five feet," said Bay of Fundy Tourism's Terri McCullough.
Locals think it's a natural wonder -- and are hoping it will be designated a contest winner.
The Swiss-based campaign was established by Swiss-Canadian filmmaker Bernard Weber. The objective is to contribute to the protection and preservation of the world's human-built -- and natural -- heritage.
Organizers of the online contest expect more than 1 billion votes worldwide.
The international competition follows the campaign's "New7Wonders of the World" challenge in 2007 that found the world's most wondrous man-made creations.
They're now looking to find the world's seven ("new") natural wonders.
Canada's entry is up against giants like Italy's Vesuvius, America's Grand Canyon and the South American Amazon.
Each year the Bay of Fundy draws travellers from all over the world.
"I think it's terrific. I've been travelling for a fortnight and I've seen wonderful scenery, marvelous birds," said tourist Jack Harrison. "I think the whole area is magic."
With a report by CTV's Todd Battis in Halls Harbour, Nova Scotia