By Waheeda Harris
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By Carissa Bluestone
Voting for the New 7 Wonders of Nature closes on Friday (11:11:11 a.m. GMT, to be precise). As we reported in September, New Brunswick’s amazing Bay of Fundy is one of the nominees, the sole Canadian destination on the list. It’s up against iconic natural areas like the Amazon and the Galapagos Islands, and as of Sunday it was not on the list of top 10 finalists, so every vote counts.
New Brunswick tourism officials expect a win would greatly grow tourism and employment in the region, and some are even holding voting events.
The winners will be announced on Friday at 7:07 p.m. GMT.
Criteria for the finalists included unique beauty, diversity, ecological significance, and an even distribution across continents. The Bay of Fundy, on the border of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, is a popular tourist attraction for its dramatic tide changes (100 billion tonnes of seawater flow in and out daily), its unique rock structures, and frequent whale sightings. Among the other finalists are the Brazilian Amazon, Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro, and Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.
The campaign is the brainchild of New7Wonders, a Swiss-based foundation who managed to draw more than 100 million votes to elect the new seven wonders of the world in 2007.
If you vote, you might just win a free trip in the process. As an added incentive, Tourism Nova Scotia and Tourism New Brunswick have devised a contest: cast your vote for the Bay of Fundy and win a six-night trip to New Brunswick and Nova Scotia that includes admission to Fundy’s Hopewell Rocks, a lobster cruise, airfare, car rental, and accommodation. Only Canadian residents are eligible.
To vote, go to www.n7w.com and choose your seven favourites from the finalists. Voting closes November 11, 2011. The seven new natural wonders will be announced shortly thereafter.