10 Famous Movies Filmed In Canada
1. Brokeback Mountain (2005)
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.
The movie Brokeback Mountain was set in Wyoming, USA.
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)
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.
Titanic was set in England, the Atlantic Ocean, and New York City.
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)
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.
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.
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)
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.
The Incredible Hulk is mainly set in New York City. However, it also includes other locations in within the United States.
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 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.
Silent Hill is set in Toluca County, West Virgina.
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)
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.
Cool Runnings is set in both Jamaica and Calgary.
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)
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.
The Day After Tomorrow is mainly set in Philadelphia and New York.
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:
8. The 4th Floor (1999)
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.
The 4th Floor was based primarily in New York City.
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 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.
The story is set in St. Martins, New Brunswick
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)
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.
Blue Hill Avenue is set in Boston, Mass.
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.