Right now we’re in a golden age of television programming. There are interesting stories with multifaceted characters in big budget shows on premium channels, as well as lower budget projects. Canadian television shows have been part of the “TV renaissance” of the 2010’s.
Canada’s landscape is as diverse as its people. We have amazing coastlines, beautiful forests, the open prairies, and spectacular mountain ranges. We’ve compiled a list of five Canadian TV shows from the 2010’s that show off five different regions of Canada.
Republic of Doyle
This series ran from 2010 – 2014. It was filmed in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Downtown St. John’s was almost its own character on the show. It featured colourful row houses, popular landmarks, and the raw beauty of the landscape. Fun and fast paced, it’s worth your time. You can watch episodes on CBC’s website.
This series premiered in 2017 and was renewed for a second season. Anne was filmed on location in Prince Edward Island. It’s an updated adaptation of L.M. Montgomery’s classic novel Anne of Green Gables. Slightly darker and beautifully shot, it’s no wonder it’s received a score of 88% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. You can find it on the CBC website or on Netflix outside of Canada.
This series aired in early 2017 and has been renewed for two more seasons. The series is based on Giles Blunt’s mystery novel Forty Words for Sorrow. It takes place in the fictional town of Algonquin Bay, Ontario (based on North Bay, ON). The series is shot in Sudbury, Ontario and features stunning winter landscapes of Northern Ontario. You can find Cardinal at CTV’S website and CraveTV.
This series ran from 2012 – 2014. It takes place in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. Although principle photography was in Vancouver, BC, Arctic Air featured many outdoor scenes filmed in Yellowknife and other parts of the Northwest Territories. This show had fun characters, exciting rescues, and plenty of drama. You can watch episodes on CBC’s website.
This series ran from 2013 – 2016. Motive takes place in Vancouver, British Columbia. Many of the city’s most notable features appear in the series like Stanley Park and Vancouver’s skyline. This mystery series is compelling and often surprising. You can stream episodes on CTV’s website or at CraveTV.
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