From the Buffalo News:
After a lifetime of staring down death atop a high-wire, Nik Wallenda on Wednesday faced a different challenge: persuading Canadian officials to let him walk a wire across Niagara Falls.
Unlike the high-wire acts that made his family famous, Wallenda won’t know for weeks whether this attempt was a success.
Wallenda on Wednesday presented his wire-walking plan to Canada’s Niagara Parks Commission, which controls the area around the famous cataracts.
“This isn’t a stunt to me,” Wallenda told the commission. “I’ve been doing this my whole life. This is life to me.”
The event would draw between 60,000 and 125,000 spectators, depending on the weather, and infuse the economy with up to $20 million, said consultant Michael Harker.