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Saturday, June 9, 2012

Nik Wallenda’s tightrope walk will be the event of the century in Niagara Falls


Don’t Miss History as it Happens

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. — It has been 116 years since a person put their balance and courage to the test and traversed the mighty Niagara Falls on a tightrope
Indeed, it was a fairly common occurrence throughout the 19th century to find a daredevil pin-stepping across a wire strung over the gorge, an act made famous by The Great Blondin in 1859 and replicated by several others until James Hardy made the last crossing in July 1896. When Nik Wallenda revives this rich piece of Niagara’s stunting heritage on June 15th, it will be the spectacle of a century.
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There's a unique Niagara Falls contest including front-row-centre viewing of the historic Nik Wallenda Wire-Walk June 15th. This contest is unparalleled and includes a night stay at the Sheraton on the Falls Hotel, VIP viewing of the Horseshoe Wire-Walk, as well as a commemorative gift.  The contest may be seen at http://www.niagarafallshotels.com/nik-wallenda-tightrope-walk/dare-to-win-contest.php?
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“Niagara has a long list of daredevils colouring its past, but for most of us these are just names in a history book,” says Sarah Ventresca-Vazquez, Vice-President of Marketing at Canadian Niagara Hotels. “When Mr. Wallenda takes his first step on to that wire, we have the unique opportunity to witness history as it happens. This is a pivotal moment the likes of which we are not likely to see again.”
Mr. Wallenda’s wire walk is expected to draw a massive crowd of 120,000 people to see it live, with an audience of millions expected to follow along on television. The challenge for many will be securing the opportunity to be part of the crowd that sees Mr. Wallenda’s performance live.  Falls Avenue Resort Hotels are giving guests the chance to do just that with two exciting packages.
The Daredevil Package will ensure you have the best seats available for the walk. The $795 per couple package includes a city room accommodation for two at the Sheraton on the Falls, exclusive premium front-row viewing of the historic Nik Wallenda Walk from the Horseshoe Landing Patio at the Table Rock Centre, including cocktails and reception buffet, and a commemorative gift.
The Horseshoe Landing Patio will offer the best live view of Niagara Falls and is the planned location of Mr. Wallenda’s wire and end of the 550m walk. 
The Fallsview Daredevil Package enables you to view Mr. Wallenda’s journey from the comfort of your hotel room. Accommodations for two in a fallsview room at the Sheraton on the Falls or Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls - Fallsview come with a $40 Fallsview dining gift card at The Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra or $25 at Windows by Jamie Kennedy, viewing binoculars and a commemorative gift.
“This is going to be a spectacular moment for Niagara Falls,” says Ventresca-Vazquez. “The Sheraton on the Falls provides the perfect vantage point for visitors to be part of the action and watch Mr. Wallenda’s gut-wrenching trek 60 metres above the turbulent waters at the brink of the iconic Niagara Falls.”
Stay up to date with the development of Wallenda’s tightrope with a live, 24-hour streaming HD video, the official Niagara Falls webcam shot from the 23rd floor of the Sheraton on the Falls.
Follow the Falls Avenue Resort on Twitter @FallsAvenue and get more information about the Sheraton on the Falls at www.sheratononthefalls.com.
About the Falls Avenue Resort:
Canada’s largest entertainment resort, the 20-acre Falls Avenue Resort is a one-stop playground for the young and young at heart. The 24-hour excitement of Casino Niagara is at the heart of the resort, which also features the three-acre year-round Fallsview Indoor Waterpark, 12 restaurants, 1,200 rooms in three interconnected hotels, on-site attractions and activities — all just steps from Niagara Falls and the world famous Clifton Hill. The complex is run by Canadian Niagara Hotels, which owns and operates eight major hotels in Niagara.
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