Wind and Water
So here are another two sites that we visited in Cap Chat.
First, the Nordais wind farm, one of the largest in North America.
We first became aware of the wind farm because of the gigantic trucks carrying gigantic turbine blades and related bits and pieces. Then we found out that the wind farm was open to the public, so we took a drive out to see for ourselves.
In order to see the wind farm you have to take a tour. Fortunately, a staffer was available and willing to show just the two of us around. He was very well informed and nearly bursting with enthusiasm for his job.
The vertical axis turbine is named Éole, after the Greek wind goddess. It’s over 300′ tall, and guess what – you can climb to the top. I think our guide was disappointed when we declined the opportunity.
We did however, go into the base of the turbine, where we found a large number of dials and switches.
Here’s a view of Éole from just outside the base.
There are also 133 of the more common (and much smaller) vertical axis turbines. The turbines are operated mainly by computer from a nearby location. Drones are used to check on maintenance needs.
Cap Chat also has its own aquarium and ocean museum, Exploramer. Its mission is to promote conservation and public understanding of the St. Lawrence waterway.
It’s aquarium is devoted to the creatures who inhabit the nearby waters. This particular fellow looks quite concerned about the future.
And this one didn’t look too friendly.
Shrimp – yum! Exploramer is involved in promoting consumption of less well-known sea creatures in order to reduce pressure on the most popular. Some of the species they are promoting include waved whelks, ocean pout, and sea urchins. They might want to come up with some new names, though.
Outside the Exploramer there is this sculpture made of driftwood logs.
For the next post, we’ll show you some pictures from the Reford Gardens. In the meantime – have you ever visited a wind farm, or eaten an ocean pout?