Canada is country that offers a lot of options terms of movie locations – making it a favorite movie location in the world. Movie directors and producers film in locations such as Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary to mimic Middle America, New York or the American West respectively.
However, there are some movies that were actually shot set in Canada. We review 10 films that celebrate the beauty of this country.
1. The Sweet Hereafter (1997)
This movie, directed by Atom Egoyan, is one of the greatest movies set in Canada. The Oscar-nominated movie was shot in the City of Merrit and Spences Bridge – both located in British Colombia. The Sweet Hereafter is about the aftermath that follows after a horrific bus crash that killed 14 children. The lawyer, Mitchell Stephens (played by Ian Holm) tries to convince the parents to sue the town.
2. Videodrome (1983)
This movie makes Toronto look terrifying. Videodrome is a movie about consumerism and lead actors James Woods and Deborah Harry try to uncover the truth about a television show that depicts real murders. Toronto’s Red Rocket buses feature in several scenes in the movie together with scenes from the Financial District, Port Lands and Global TV.
3. One Week (2008)
This film by Michael McGowan stars Dawson’s Creek star Joshua Jackson who is inspired to take a motorcycle trip after being diagnosed with cancer. He starts in Toronto and finishes off in Tofino, British Columbia. You’ll enjoy scenes from Alberta’s Dinosaur Provincial Park and see the world’s biggest hockey stick and puck.
4. Atanarjuat: The First Runner (2001)
This is a three-hour adventure that takes you on a trip to Igloolik, Nunavut. Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner is a story about shaman’s curse and a love triangle that dooms an entire community. It shows another side of Canada that people rarely get to see – village hunting, living in igloos – and in 2015 it was declared the greatest Canadian film of all time.
5. Scott Pilgrim vs the World (2010)
This action-comedy is one of the few films that is set and filmed in Canada. The story line is about a nerdy musician who tries to win the love of a cool girl by battling her seven evil exes. It features scenes of CN Tower, Distillery History District, Casa Loma and the Baldwins Steps.
6. Bon Cop, Bad Cop (2006)
This movie was shot in Ottawa and Vancover. It’s a story about two cops solving a murder case after a dead body is discovered at the Ontario-Quebec border.
7. My Winnipeg (2007)
This Guy Maddin film revisits Canada and brings out what makes it special and what makes it misunderstood. My Winnipeg is described as “part comedy, part documentary and completely bonkers”. Maddin uses black and white reenactments and archival footage to bring this story to life.
8. The Shipping News (2001)
Kevin Spacey, Judi Dench, Julianne Moore and Cate Blanchett feature in this movie. The Shipping News is based on Annie Proulx’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel with the same name. St. John’s New Bonaventure and Trinity feature in this film.
9. What If (2013)
This film has been described as “refreshingly funny and romantic”. The question ‘can a man and woman really just be friends?’ is given a totally new meaning. It is set in Toronto but filmed in less popular locations such as the George Street Diner, Rooster Coffee House, Riverdale Pak and the Royal Cinema.
10 The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz (1974)
The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz is based on the 1959 novel by Mordecai Richler. The film follows a character who is trying to get away of the poor Jewish community in Montreal. Wilensky’s, a popular lunch spot features in this film. Their Wilensky Special sandwich was declared by Travel + Leisure as the ‘best sandwiches in the world’.