Ceremony Held to Recognize 10-Year Anniversary of Nik Wallenda’s Walk Across Niagara Falls

June 15, 2022

Niagara Parks

  • Nik Wallenda visited Niagara Falls to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of his historic tightrope walk over Niagara Falls in 2012 seen by over 500 million people
  • Niagara Parks, the City of Niagara Falls and Ripley Entertainment unveiled a new commemorative exhibit sharing the story of Nik Wallenda’s achievement

Niagara Falls, ON – Niagara Parks, in partnership with the City of Niagara Falls, hosted a special ceremony today recognizing the 10th anniversary of aerialist Nik Wallenda’s high-wire crossing of Niagara Falls by tightrope in 2012.

Nik Wallenda was present to mark the occasion, with remarks provided by Niagara Parks Chair April Jeffs and City of Niagara Falls Mayor Jim Diodati. In celebration of the historic feat, a new limited-time exhibit has been installed outside Table Rock Centre at the brink of the Horseshoe Falls, recreating Nik’s iconic walk in 2012. Produced and generously provided by Ripley Entertainment, visitors will enjoy stopping in for a photo next to a replica statue of Wallenda and learning more about the remarkable journey he made that night.

Remembering a moment in history

On the night of June 15, 2012, Nik Wallenda famously walked into a wall of mist on a wire cable from Goat Island in Niagara Falls, New York, to Table Rock Centre on the Canadian side of the Horseshoe Falls. A crowd of over 130,000 people gathered to watch in Queen Victoria Park, another 10,000 estimated in the New York State Park, plus a live television broadcast to an audience of 500 million more viewers.

Nik Wallenda, a member of the famed ‘Flying Wallendas’ circus family, was the first to cross the Niagara Gorge in more than a century and became the first person to wire walk above the Horseshoe Falls during this once-in-a-generation feat.


Quote from Niagara Parks Chair April Jeffs

“I would like to thank Nik for being here to celebrate his accomplishment with us today and for his ongoing commitment to promote Niagara Falls as a must-see global destination. This once-in-a-generation event shone an unprecedented spotlight on Niagara Falls and will always maintain a special place in its history. We are proud that Niagara Parks could be a part of this unforgettable feat and pleased to be able to formally celebrate with Nik a decade later.”

Quote from Niagara Falls Mayor Jim Diodati

“10 years ago today, Nik Wallenda made history with his famous wire walk over Niagara Falls. That incredible day, billions watched and Niagara Falls was firmly established on countless bucket lists of travelers worldwide. We catapulted to the top of to-do lists and Nik completed an amazing feat of bravery and skill. It’s a joy to celebrate this incredible milestone with Nik, with the partners that made it happen on both sides of the border and with an original Ripley’s figure, depicting Nik on his historic walk. Now visitors can share in the excitement, take a selfie with the magnificent falls as the backdrop and imagine the significance of that moment 10 years ago!”

Quote from Nik Wallenda

“It’s hard to believe it’s been 10 years since my dream of becoming the first person to ever walk directly over the precipice of Niagara Falls came true. This walk has enabled me to inspire people all over the world that we can reach and achieve goals that seem beyond our limits. I’m forever grateful to the Niagara Falls community for embracing me and making my dream possible.”

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The Niagara Parks Commission is committed to a vision of Ontario’s Niagara Parks as one that Preserves a rich heritage, Conserves natural wonders, and Inspires people world-wide. Founded in 1885, The Niagara Parks Commission is an Operational Enterprise Agency of the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. Its mission is to protect the natural and cultural heritage along the Niagara River for the enjoyment of visitors while maintaining financial self-sufficiency.