ORCA FM - The World's first All-Whales-All-the-Time Radio Station
originated on Vancouver Island
Telegraph Cove, Vancouver Island, B.C. - ORCA FM (88.5), the world's first All-Whales-All-The-Time radio station, began to broadcast from a killer whale sanctuary along Vancouver Island in 1998. Robson Bight, in Johnstone Strait on the northeast coast of Vancouver Island, is an ecological reserve where up to 200 killer whales gather each summer. They are attracted to the region by salmon, and because they like to rub themselves on the pebble beaches. Their whale callswere picked up for ORCA FM by an offshore underwater microphone located in 30 metres of water. The radio signal was broadcast over a 15-km radius of the Johnstone Strait area, and was transmitted at the Vancouver Aquarium.
Where: Vancouver Islands's picturesque Telegraph Cove continues to be the launching point for many orca-watching trips. It's 30 minutes south of Port McNeill, and about 55 km from Port Hardy.
In the News: ORCA FM is no longer broadcasting but during the summer months you can hea,r and possibly view, orcas over the internet from uninhabited Hanson Island via webcasts on Orca-Live.net (go to 'community'.) Five cameras are positioned at various depths and aimed towards the junction of Johnstone Strait and Blackney Pass. Sound is picked up by Orca Lab's six underwater mics around the Hanson Island area. During the summer, assistants from around the world monitor the sound 24 hrs a day.
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Welcome to a new feature on Canada Cool. I'll be presenting different 'Coolest' lists with my favorites and I encourage you to nominate suggestions from your own experiences. You can Twitter @CanadaCool or email Lucy@CanadaCool.com. Let me know what makes your suggestion exceptionally cool. Remember, by contributing your comments you are giving Canada Cool permission to quote you. Only a selection of submissions will be included, but all comments and submissions are greatly appreciated!
The first feature is: Canada's Coolest Single Day Scenic Drives
Here are some of my favorites...
The Icefields Parkway, Jasper National Park, Alberta - This 229 km (142 mi) Rocky Mountain route from Banff/Lake Louise to Jasper passes 100 frozen rivers and nudges the base of the Athabasca Glacier - the most accessible glacier in the world. You can stop and explore it. It spills down from the Columbia Icefield, an area of ice so massive that you could fit the entire population of North America on it with each person getting at least a square metre of space.
The Corridor, Algonquin Park, Ontario – this 56-km stretch of Hwy 60 cuts through the southwest section of Algonquin Park. Less than three hours north of Toronto the park is a nature-lover's paradise with 7,725 km of lakes, rivers, forest, trails, camping, comfortable lodges and 2000 km of canoe routes. Offers hiking trails to stop and enjoy, but what makes it really cool is that it’s one of the best places in North America to spot moose (especially in May and June). And, on Thursday nights in August up to 600 cars will gather to listen to wolves howl.
The Cabot Trail, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia – Driving this 303 km (187 mile) route is like riding a roller-coaster: the road snakes around hairpin turns, rises to heights over 365 metres (1200 ft), weaves around headlands revealing spectacular coastal scenery, and plunges down to sea level taking you into the heart of small fishing communities. The most dramatic scenery is between the Cape Breton Highlands National Park entrance near Cheticamp and Pleasant Bay, so go slow. And, plan some flexibility into your schedule, so you can drive it on a clear day.
And here are some of your nominations for 'Canada's Coolest Single Day Scenic Drives'...
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