Travel + Escape
|Travel + Escape|
|Launched||September 7, 2001|
|Owned by||Blue Ant Media|
|Slogan||Your Adventure Starts Here.|
|Formerly called||CTV Travel (2001-2006)|
|Website||Travel + Escape|
|Bell TV||Channel 527 (SD)|
|Shaw Direct||Channel 572 (SD)|
|Available on many Canadian cable systems||Check local listings|
Channel 275 (SD)|
Channel 470 (HD)
|Bell Fibe TV||
Channel 527 (SD)|
Channel 1527 (HD)
Channel 302 (SD)|
Channel 1302 (HD)
Channel 9717 (SD)|
Channel 717 (HD)
|SaskTel||Channel 104 (SD)|
|HuronTel Digital TV||Channel 371 (HD)|
|VMedia||Channel 267 (SD)|
|Zazeen||Channel 136 (SD)|
On November 24, 2000, a general partnership consisting of BCE Media Inc./Groupe TVA Inc. (owning 51%) and CTV television Inc. (owning 49%) were granted approval by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to launch Travel TV, a category 1 specialty licence devoted to travel and travel-related programming.
The channel was launched on September 7, 2001 as CTV Travel under the sole ownership of CTV Television Inc. (parent company later became CTVglobemedia, now known today as Bell Media).
On October 30, 2006, CTV Travel was renamed "Travel + Escape" (stylized as travel + escape until October 5, 2011) to give the channel, described by its owner, a new "edgier" look and feel to fit its new shift in programming towards more character-driven and experienced-based series rather than the typical travelogue programs.
On June 8, 2010, it was announced that CTVglobemedia would be selling travel + escape to Glassbox Television. The sale was approved by the CRTC on October 26 and closed shortly thereafter.
On October 5, 2011, Glassbox Television announced that travel + escape would undergo a major overhaul on November 1, 2011. The overhaul included a new logo, on-air presentation, and a slate of new programming.
Travel + Escape HD
On December 15, 2011, Travel + Escape launched Travel + Escape HD, a high definition simulcast of the standard definition feed. It is available on EastLink and Rogers Cable.
- Decision CRTC 2000-458, CRTC, 2000-11-24
- CTV Travel re-branding pushes ‘escapist entertainment’ MediaInCanada.com 2006-10-27
- GlassBOX to Acquire Specialty Channel travel + escape from CTV, June 8, 2010
- Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2010-792
- GlassBOX re-launches Travel+Escape channel with New Look, New Website and over 300 hours of Fresh Programming Glassbox Television press release 2011-10-05