Nik Wallenda is one of the bravest people on the planet. Why? On June 15, 2012 he crossed the Canadian Horseshoe Falls on a wire from the USA side to the Canadian side of the Falls. He did so while fighting against great clouds of swirling mist blowing in his face from every direction and at times he even became lost in this mist. The successful 25-minute walk was breathtaking. It was an incredible sight to be seen and thousands of people gathered at Table Rock to witness this historic event.
The daredevil stunt was approved by park authorities on both sides of the border. This was the first time in 128 years approval was given by The Niagara Parks Commission for a stunt of this nature.
Wallenda's walk was filmed by ABC and broadcast to millions of people aournd the world. During his walk he had a microphone and narrated every minute of the experience. Along the way, he prayed aloud and spoke to his father, who was on the Canadian side offering words of encouragement.
As he reached the finish line he smiled, then ran and was greeted by his wife, children and a cheering crowd estimated to be over 120,000.
Many daredevils have crossed over the Niagara River further down the river where the Whirlpool Rapids Bridge is located, but this is the first person to walk directly across the front of the Falls.
Nik Wallenda is part of the great Wallenda aerialists who have been entertaining people for decades with their daring feats of skill. Wallenda cited his great-grandfather Karl Wallenda as his primary inspiration for the stunt. Too quote him, “My grandfather said, 'Life is being on the wire, everything else is just waiting.' To me, I’m alive when I’m on the wire.”