NIAGARA, Ont. — A recent national poll by Ipsos Reid gauged Canadians’ support for the idea of designating Niagara Canada the 8th Wonder of the World, and eight in ten (78%) Canadians across the country support the idea, it was announced Aug. 9.
According to the results, three in four Canadians (75 per cent) say they already consider Niagara Canada a Wonder of the World and Niagara’s Regional Tourism Organization, the Tourism Partnership of Niagara (TPN) is setting out to make it official with a grassroots campaign that recently launched to rally support for the initiative.
“As the conversation goes, people are familiar with the 7 Wonders of the World. Be it modern, natural or man-made, there are recognized icons of nature and culture that are associated with this list,” said Jody Larose, executive director of the Tourism Partnership of Niagara. “However, there has never been an official recognition or title given to a new, globally known icon of the world. Through this initiative we aim to change that and are calling on local residents and Canadians to show their support by joining the conversation and sharing why they too want to make Niagara Canada the 8th Wonder of the World.”
Driven by local and national support, the #Claimthe8th campaign aims to prove why Niagara Falls and the surrounding regions of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Twenty Valley, St. Catharines and Niagara’s South Coast (that collectively make up Niagara Canada) should stake the claim as the 8th Wonder of the World. With support from local government officials, businesses and residents, the campaign aims to officially recognize Niagara Canada as the 8th Wonder of the World, a title that the majority of Canadians already believe it owns.
Out of a list of eight globally recognized sites, Niagara Canada came in second with (75 per cent), tied with the Great Wall of China and the Grand Canyon. Topping the list with (84 per cent), was the pyramids, in Egypt.