The unofficial New 7 Wonders of Nature were announced November 11th in Zurich, Switzerland.
Terri McCulloch, executive director of Bay of Fundy Tourism, said she was disappointed the Bay wasn't among them.
However, she said the opportunity to compete on the international stage against some of the most unique destinations on the planet was a boon for local tourism.
“We’re very proud of our performance in the campaign,” she said. “We certainly gave it the best try we could for Canada and we had a huge response.”
The Bay of Fundy, which boasts the highest tides in the world and impressive biodiversity, was among 441 sites from 222 countries selected in 2007 to compete to be declared one of the new 7 Wonders of Nature.
The Bay survived numerous voting rounds, eventually winding up among the top 28 finalists.
That in itself was a huge honour, McCulloch said, adding she's grateful for all the people who supported Fundy in the final stages of the campaign.
“We had folks participating and voting for us right across the country, from coast to coast to coast,” she said. “It was really nice to have Canadians step up to the plate and sort of ... adopt Bay of Fundy as Canada’s only finalist in this campaign.”
The campaign has boosted Fundy's profile as a tourist destination, both nationally and internationally. Some local businesses said this past summer was their busiest ever, McCulloch said.
Travel experts are also beginning to take notice of everything the Bay area has to offer. Frommer's Travel Guides recently named the Bay of Fundy one of their top places to visit in 2012; it was the only North American destination to make the cut.
“We're just really pleased we've been able to get the word out ... that our country has another beautiful place people can consider visiting,” McCulloch said.
“We're a fabulous country, known around the world for its natural features, and we've gotten to know the Bay of Fundy a little better.”
The unofficial New 7 Wonders of Nature, in alphabetical order:
The unofficial winners are based on the first count of the votes; the official list will be revealed early in 2012.
For more information, visit New7Wonders.