TORONTO (November 14, 2014) – A beautiful and unspoiled national preserve that can only be visited by invitation, Sable Island’s haunting past is complete with legendary stories of shipwrecks and ghosts, adding to the mystique of this remote and heavenly island paradise. Premiering this Saturday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO, and on-demand on the CTV NEWS GO app, W5’s “PARADISE ISLAND” invites viewers on a rare journey to Canada’s newest national park reserve located 300 kilometres east of mainland Nova Scotia, a fragile strip of sand populated by seals and wild horses grazing on windswept beaches. CTV NATIONAL NEWS’ Todd Battis, on special assignment for W5, delivers an insightful exploration of the island playground that has long been shrouded in secrecy, uncovering its mystical and mythical past and exploring its fragile future.
With 90 kilometres of white sand coastline – a secluded sandbar of gorgeous beach and crashing surf – Sable Island is a bona fide national treasure. Sable Island has earned the dubious title of the “Graveyard of the Atlantic,” boasting some 350 shipwrecks off its shore, only heightening its mythical quality. But Sable Island is also under constant threat: ravaged by the thrashing Atlantic Ocean on its northern side, the entire island is suffering the effects of climate change. Rising sea levels are causing waves to cut into the coastline and rip at the dunes. Furthermore, as W5 reveals, the biggest looming threat to Sable Island’s delicate ecosystem may loom just off-shore; massive oil and gas drilling rigs.
In the evening’s second story, W5’s Tom Kennedy gets up close and personal with the “FIRST FAMILY OF HOCKEY”, the Sutters. A success story unlike any other in sports, the sprawling family has had an unprecedented impact on professional hockey. Although uncomfortable with the moniker “Canadian hockey royalty,” brothers Darryl, Brian, Duane, Brent, and twins Rich and Ron all made it to the NHL. And when their playing careers ended, they became coaches, managers, and hockey scouts, winning championships along the way.