Ici Explora

Ici Explora

Ici Explora logo
Launched March 28, 2012
Owned by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
720p (HDTV)
Country Canada
Broadcast area National
Headquarters Montreal, Quebec
Formerly called Explora (2012-2013)
Sister channel(s) Ici ARTV
Ici Radio-Canada Télé
TV5 Québec Canada
Website Ici Explora (French)
Bell TV Channel 1845 (HD)
Shaw Direct Channel 424 / 234 (HD)
CCAP Channel 90 (SD)
Channel 690 (HD)
Cablevision du Nord Channel 378 (SD)
Channel 453 (HD)
Cogeco Ontario Channel 500 (SD)
Channel 579 (HD)
Cogeco Quebec Channel 86 (SD)
Channel 552 (HD)
Vidéotron Channel 47 (SD)
Channel 647 (HD)
Bell Fibe TV Channel 126 (SD)
Channel 1126 (HD)
Optik TV Channel 8071 (SD)
Channel 2071 (HD)
Telus Quebec Channel 40 (SD)
Channel 518 (HD)
VMedia Channel 111 (SD) (QC)

ICI Explora is a Canadian French language Category B specialty channel owned by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) that focuses on science, environment, nature, and health programming.


On February 21, 2011, the CBC was granted approval by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to launch a television channel called Sens, described as "a national, French-language Category 2 specialty programming undertaking that offers programming devoted to scientific discoveries, the environment, nature and human health."[1] The name Sens was an abbreviation consisting of the first letter of each word of the French spelling of each of the channel's four main topics: science, environment, nature, and health (science, environnement, nature, and santé).[2]

The channel was set to launch as Explora on December 1, 2011.[3] However, after some delays, on March 5, 2012, CBC announced that the channel would be launched on March 28, 2012.[4] The decision to change the channel's name was due to management at the CBC thinking the name Sens would cause confusion among viewers.[2] Although specifics regarding what viewers could confuse the channel with have not been named public, presumably, at least one of the dangers could be viewers confusing the channel as being associated with the National Hockey League club, the Ottawa Senators, which are often referred to as "the Sens", and who was also associated with a part-time pay-per-view channel called Sens TV, which broadcast live Senators' hockey games in its "home market".

The channel was launched on March 28 as planned at 6:00pm ET[5] in both standard and high definition; Vidéotron being the first carrier to distribute the channel.

Original logo as Explora; 2012-2013

On December 10, 2013, the network was re-branded as ICI Explora as part of a plan to unify CBC's French-language outlets around a single brand.[6][7]


  1. Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2011-114 CRTC 2011-02-21
  2. 1 2 Radio-Canada repousse la mise en ondes Canoe.ca 2011-11-03 (French)
  3. Government of Canada reaffirmed investment in CBC/Radio-Canada CBC press release 2011-06-06
  4. Radio-Canada : la nouvelle chaîne EXPLORA sera lancée le 28 mars Radio-Canada.ca 2012-03-05 (French)
  5. Radio-Canada lance Explora La Presse 2012-03-22
  6. "Le minister Moore reticent au changement de nom de Radio-Canada". Radio-Canada.ca (in French). Société Radio-Canada. June 5, 2013. Retrieved June 20, 2013.
  7. "New Brand Architecture" (PDF). News Releases. CBC/Radio-Canada French Services. June 6, 2013. Retrieved June 20, 2013.

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