Connect Hearing Names Canada's 10 Most Amazing Sounds
Niagara Falls tops the list from Canada's hearing-health leader
VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA (January 18, 2013) — What sounds would you most miss if your hearing was compromised?
Most of us will say it's the voices of families and friends, and while that's true, we would also not want to go without the sounds that define us as a community and a country. In its efforts to make 2013 the year that Canadians focus on hearing health, Connect Hearing has named the Top 10 Most Amazing Sounds in Canada — and is encouraging all Canadians to add in their favourites to the list.
These sounds range from awe-inspiring to patriotic to mellifluously beautiful. They're topped by a natural wonder, whose roar has been heard for millennia and whose power is responsible for providing the electricity for millions.
The Top 10 Most Amazing Sounds in Canada
1. Niagara Falls
Waterfalls command your attention, in part because you hear them much earlier than you see them. In the case of Niagara Falls, the sound created is nature's equivalent of a lion's roar. A visit to the Falls is a sensory experience. Whether it's the sprinkle of droplets that tickle your skin or the awesome sight of a rainbow that captivates your eyes, Niagara truly is a wonder. Listening to it is just as moving. The natural wonder that separates Canada and the United States produces 4.4 million gigawatts of power each year, more than double the output of the Hoover Dam, and you can hear that energy produced when you stand next to it.
2. Whales and killer whales on the west coast
We call it whale watching, but it may as well be whale listening. Our ears that often pick up the presence of these fascinating creatures a second or so before our eyes clue in. When they surface, whales gush water out of their blowholes, and that is what causes us to look in most cases. The sound of their exhalations is what first gets us excited. With orcas, or killer whales, that roam the west coast in the waters off of British Columbia, we are treated to the additional sound of a wicked splash when they decide to show off, jumping out of the ocean in view of tour boats.
3. Thunder in Saskatchewan
Believe it or not, thunder is one of the world's most amazing sounds — and many people love it. Lightning causes thunder by first heating the air to a temperature that's approximately three times hotter than the sun. As the air cools rapidly, it emits the loud thunder pop, which is one of the most riveting and heart-pounding sounds known to man. In Saskatchewan, the big skies are riveting, especially during a storm, when you can see lightning approaching from far in the distance and listen to the thunder as it rolls close.
4. Cheers at NHL arenas in seven cities
The sound of victory — whether it follows a goal being scored or the arrival on stage of a newly elected president — is one of the most emotionally uplifting sounds any of us could ever hear. Life truly wouldn't be the same without being able to take part in and enjoy the cheers and whistles that go along with being on the winning side. With the NHL lockout finally over, the season will begin in Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver, and fans will once more enjoy the sound of rooting for the home team.
5. Moose calls
Estimates say there are up to 1 million moose living in Canada. They are among our nation's symbols and their call — a loud, throaty grunt like a diesel engine — are one of our most precious and distinct sounds. Whether you're among the 32,000 in Manitoba or the approximately 150,000 in Newfoundland & Labrador, hearing or seeing a moose is always a thrill.
6. Songbirds in Point Pelee National Park
Song sparrows are among the bird's whose calls are adored by bird lovers and anyone who revels being out in nature. Their melodious songs are a naturally occurring treasure, one of the many reasons our planet is so amazing. In Point Pelee National Park near Windsor, Ontario, more than 370 species of birds have been recorded. The park is one of the top locales in North America for spotting birds and butterflies. In fact, there's an annual Festival of the Birds each spring.
7. Screech-in ceremonies in Newfoundland
In Newfoundland, the screech-in ceremony is a hilarious rite of passage for any visitor. It involves the person being screeched-in being asked to repeat a long, barely coherent and hysterical list of promises, before kissing a dead cod and throwing back a shot of screech (re: rum). The sight is something to see, but the laughter is what's special about every screech-in.
8. Sounds of Quebec Carnivale
From the theme song that celebrates Bonhomme, the mascot of the annual winter celebration, to the giggles of children whizzing down one of the ski hills to the raucous dance music that takes over the attraction at night, the Quebec Carnivale is one fun time — and not something you could enjoy to its fullest if your hearing was compromised.
9. Fireworks in Vancouver
The sight of pyrotechnics wouldn't be complete without the snap or crackle when they go off — not to mention the whirr of anticipation just before they explode. While you should wear earplugs when you watch fireworks, you should still make sure you catch the noise they make. It's part of the excitement!
10. The National Anthem
O, Canada! makes us remember our place in the world and contributes to the identity of each of us. Hearing it, no matter where the setting, reminds us of that fact and of the amazing things this country offers.
To nominate an Amazing Sound of your own, submit your vote on the Connect Hearing Facebook page.
Deb Morse, Elevation PR