James Tupper's heart belongs to the Bay of Fundy. The Mercy heartthrob is campaigning for the Canadian coastal region in a contest to pick the world's best experiences in nature.
"I grew up in Nova Scotia, and my uncle lived close to the Bay of Fundy," says Tupper, the ambassador of the Canadian bay for the contest, which is sponsored by an organization called New7Wonders. "We would walk across the mud flats out to an island, and then you'd climb a cliff and be in the forest. And if the water came in, the basin would fill up with, like, a 30-foot tide. It was phenomenal."
The Bay of Fundy is a 170-mile-long ocean bay in the heart of Canada's Maritime provinces between New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The area is home to the highest tides in the world, 12 species of whales and biodiversity comparable to the Amazon rain forest.
Tupper's beloved bay has some serious competition, including the Amazon River, the Dead Sea, the Grand Canyon, the Matterhorn and Mt. Vesuvius. New7Wonders hopes to receive more than a billion votes for the 28 finalists. New7Wonders is the same organization that grabbed headlines in 2007 when it asked people to choose seven new man-made wonders.
As a 10th-generation Nova Scotian, Tupper not only hopes the Bay of Fundy will be named one of the New7Wonders of Nature in 2011, but that it will also remain unspoiled.
"It's got this geographical isolation where you have to take a multiple flights. It's kind of hard to get to, but because of that, it's preserved its land where there's not a lot of factories and the fishing villages are still intact," says Tupper. "I think there's a growing environmental consciousnesses in the world now, and, hopefully, this campaign will be a part of it."