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10 Famous Movies Filmed In Canada

Updated on July 29, 2020
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1. Brokeback Mountain (2005)

Jack(Jake Gyllenhaal)&(Ennis) Heath Ledger
Jack(Jake Gyllenhaal)&(Ennis) Heath Ledger

The movie Brokeback Mountain tells the story of two cowboys, Jack and Ennis. These boys have have a drunken night together. However, their relationship is forbidden. The two boys attempt to move on from each other and live normal lives but they end up having a secret affair. In this movie they suffer in this turmoil together for years, until tragedy strikes.

Setting

The movie Brokeback Mountain was set in Wyoming, USA.

Filming Location

The Canadian Rockies
The Canadian Rockies

Because production costs in the United States are much higher than in countries such as Canada. The movie Brokeback Mountain wasn't filmed in Wyoming. Instead, nearly the entire movie was filmed exclusively in the Canadian Rockies and this was passed off as Wyoming.


2. Titanic (1997)

Jack(Leonardo DiCaprio) & Rose(Kate Winslet)
Jack(Leonardo DiCaprio) & Rose(Kate Winslet)

The movie Titanic is known to the world as one of the highest grossed films of all time. Titanic of course, tells the story of the sinking of the Titanic. A ocean liner that had sunk in the Atlantic Ocean in 1912.

To make the movie more interesting and popular for the younger generation, they added a fictional yet tragic love story. It takes place between a first class passenger and a third class passenger who boarded the Titanic, after winning a lucky hand in a poker game. Unfortunately, the winning turned out to be not so lucky after all.

The movie follows the fight for survival of these characters, as the ship beneath their feet sinks and an alarming rate.

Setting

Titanic was set in England, the Atlantic Ocean, and New York City.

Filming Location

Halifax, Nova Scotia
Halifax, Nova Scotia

When the real Titanic sank after hitting the iceberg in the Atlantic Ocean the surviving passengers were taken to the city of Halifax, which was the closet port. Survivors were then transferred to another ship bound for New York City.

Probably partly due to production costs and partly due to the need of the Atlantic, director James Cameron, brought his cast and crew to the city of Halifax. Once again, the city would play an important role in the famous ship's history.

3. Twilight Sega (2009-2012)

The Cullen Family, as of 2012
The Cullen Family, as of 2012

Whether you love it or hate it. The Twilight Sega has become one of the most popular movies of all time.

The series of five movies, tells the story of an awkward and clumsy teenage girl, named Bella. Bella ends up falling in love with a 17-year-old vampire, who at first wants to kill her but fights it and ends up loving her in return. During the relationship, many threats come for Bella. The Cullen's must do everything in their power to protect her. Eventually, this leads to Bella joining them in immortality when a threat the Cullen's can't protect her from nearly kills her. But, then a new threat endangers the entire family, and even close friends.

Setting

Twilight is set in the State of Washington. Mainly the small town of Forks, at times Port Angles, and Seattle. Vancouver, Canada has also been mentioned to note its close location to Forks.

Filming Location

Vancouver and the Lower Mainland, BC
Vancouver and the Lower Mainland, BC

When it comes to Twilight, most of the filming locations, especially for the last four movies happened in Vancouver. As well as the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. This included David Fraser Secondary School, which was known as Forks High School.

4. The Incredible Hulk (2008)

The Incredible Hulk
The Incredible Hulk

In this movie, Thunderbolt Ross meets with Dr. Bruce Banner about an experiment to make humans immune to gamma radiation.

When the experiment goes wrong, Banner is exposed to gamma radiation, which causes him to transform into the Hulk for brief moments anytime his heart rate reaches 200.

Setting

The Incredible Hulk is mainly set in New York City. However, it also includes other locations in within the United States.

Filming Location

Toronto, Ontario
Toronto, Ontario

Due to high production costs in the United States, the filming of The Incredible Hulk, was shot mostly in the city of Toronto. This was the best choice of substitution for New York City, due to the cities size and similarities.

5. Silent Hill (2006)

Silent Hill
Silent Hill

Silent Hill was based on a video game of the same name. In the movie, Sharon Da Silva is haunted by dreams every nightmares every night, Her dreams are centered around a desolate town called, "Sillent Hill". Desperate to find answers, her mother Rose takes Sharon on the road. While they are pursued by a police officer their car crashes. Rose wakes to find Sharon missing. Leaving her no choice but to search through the creepy, foggy, ash blanketed town for her daughter, but what Rose finds is much worse.

Setting

Silent Hill is set in Toluca County, West Virgina.

Film Location

Various Locations In Canada
Various Locations In Canada

When it comes to Silent Hill, not much of the movie was filmed in the United States. In Fact, filming locations for Silent Hill were set in various locations in Canada:

  • Brantford, Ontario
  • Hamilton, Ontario
  • St. George, New Brunswick (School)
  • 1119 Sewells Road, Toronto Ontario (Road to Silent Hill)
  • Toronto Film Studios
  • Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Alma College, St. Thomas, Ontario
  • Burford Township, Ontario
  • Farewell Studios, Oshawa, Ontario

6. Cool Runnings (1993)

Cool Runnings
Cool Runnings

Who could forget Cool Runnings? The movie was focused around four Jamaican's who dreamed of competing in the Winter Olympics, as bobsledders. Even though they have never even seen snow before, they set out to achieve this dream. They team up with a former champion, desperate to redeem himself and set out to achieve the impossible dream!

Based on true events.

Setting

Cool Runnings is set in both Jamaica and Calgary.

Film Locations

Calgary, Alberta
Calgary, Alberta

The movie stays true to the original story. A great portion of Cool Runnings was filmed in Calgary, Alberta.

7. The Day After Tomorrow (2004)

The Day After Tomorrow
The Day After Tomorrow

In The Day After Tomorrow, after a Super storm develops and causes catastrophic disasters around the world. Climatologist, Jack Hall and his crew travel on foot from Philadelphia to New York. This is an attempt to save Jack's son Sam, and a group of survivors, who are trapped in a library before they freeze to death in the blistering cold.

Setting

The Day After Tomorrow is mainly set in Philadelphia and New York.

Film Locations

Multiple Locations
Multiple Locations

Parts of The Day After Tomorrow was filmed in Toronto, Ontario and Montreal, Quebec.

Aside from Canada and the United States, The Day After Tomorrow was also filmed at other locations around the world. These locations included:

  • Tokyo
  • Hawaii
  • Scottland

8. The 4th Floor (1999)

The 4th Floor
The 4th Floor

In the 4th Floor, a woman inherits a rent controlled apartment. When one of her neighbors puts the creep in stalker and they terrorize her in her apartment.

Setting

The 4th Floor was based primarily in New York City.

Film Locations

King St. Saint John, New Brunswick, The 4th Floor
King St. Saint John, New Brunswick, The 4th Floor

To cut back on filming costs, filming locations for the 4th Floor was split between New York City, and Saint John, New Brunswick.

9. Still Mine (2012)

Still Mine
Still Mine

Still Mine is about an elderly couple with a strong spirit and determination to build a smaller house on their own land. They end up fighting local authorities who are attempting to stop them from building.

Setting

The story is set in St. Martins, New Brunswick

Filming Locations

Various locations within Canada
Various locations within Canada

Filming for Still Mine stayed within the country at the following locations:

  • Saint John, New Brunswick
  • Port Loring, Ontario
  • St. Martins, New Brunswick
  • North Bay, Ontario
  • Golden Valley, Ontario

10. Blue Hill Avenue (2001)

Blue Hill Avenue
Blue Hill Avenue

In Blue Hill Avenue, a boy from a good middle class home gets pulled into the world of drugs and crime at a young age.

Years later and unable to walk away, he finds himself in a whole lot of trouble and its either, kill or be killed.

Setting

Blue Hill Avenue is set in Boston, Mass.

Filming Locations

Saint John High School, Saint John New Brunswick
Saint John High School, Saint John New Brunswick

Because of costs, filming was split between Boston and Saint John, New Brunswick.

Locations included, Saint John High School, most of the South End neighborhood, and a Water Street warehouse.

A lot of the "extras" and playground kids in the movie were local kids who attended Saint John High.

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