NEWS
11/11/2011 03:48 EST | Updated 01/11/2012 05:12 EST

Bay of Fundy doesn't make list of seven natural wonders of the world

HALIFAX - A woman who campaigned for four years to have the Bay of Fundy declared a natural wonder of the world says even though her bid didn't succeed, the quest has attracted global attention to the unique body of water.

Terri McCulloch of the Bay of Fundy Tourism partnership got the news Friday that the 270-kilometre-long bay did not make the finalist list for the New 7 Wonders of Nature competition.

McCulloch said she was disappointed that the waterway shared by Nova Scotia and New Brunswick didn't make the cut when the list of contenders was reduced from 28 to 14.

But she said the lengthy campaign informed people around the world about the bay's potent tides, diverse ecosystem and plentiful marine life.

"We're still delighted that we're able to achieve top 28 status worldwide — no regrets," she said.

"We had an amazing run and we're already seeing some benefits of being of having participated in the campaign."

McCulloch and a couple dozen supporters watched the results of who won the competition on a computer at a downtown restaurant. The New 7 Wonders site listed the provisional winners on its site just after 3 p.m. AT.: the Amazon (in Brazil and several other countries), Halong Bay (in Vietnam), Iguaza Falls (in Argentina and Brazil), Jeju Island (in South Korea), Komodo (in Indonesia), Puerto Princesa Underground River (in Philippines) and Table Mountain (in South Africa).

The site stated that there could be changes after a final vote count is done.

McCulloch said they should know in about 10 weeks how many votes the sole Canadian finalist received.

Nova Scotia Tourism Minister Percy Paris said the campaign gave the region worldwide exposure worth millions in tourism dollars.

"More people now know about New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and the Bay of Fundy and what we have to offer," he said.

"We've had visitors coming to Nova Scotia and one of the first things they ask is 'Where are the tides?'"

More than 100 billion tonnes of seawater flow in and out of the bay during each tide cycle, resulting in dramatic changes along the shoreline.

The premiers of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia had both promoted the competition and the bay's natural virtues, saying a win would boost tourism globally.

The global competition was vote-based and people could text or go online to vote.

The Bay of Fundy had been one of a group of 28 finalists that included the Galapagos Islands, the Grand Canyon and the Great Barrier Reef.