3 Famous Movies You Didn't Know Were Filmed in Canada
Although you would never know it, some of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters are filmed in the Great White North. In celebration of Canada Day, here are 3 famous movies you've probably seen, but didn’t know were filmed in our beautiful country.
1. Blades of Glory (2007)
Location: Montréal, Quebec
Looking for a good laugh this July 1? Screen this goofball ode to figure skating featuring Anchorman’s Will Ferrell and Napoleon Dynamite’s Jon Hedder as dueling rivals forced to form a male figure skating team. The film concludes with an international skating competition, showcasing several Montréal sights including Habitat 67 and the exterior of the iconic Montréal Olympic Stadium. In fact, one of the most memorable scenes - the infamous outdoor skate-wearing chase sequence - gave audiences an on-screen tour through Montréal’s Olympic Village.
2. Incredible Hulk (2008)
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Film-goers can thank former Toronto mayor, David Miller, for bringing this larger than life Marvel Comic sequel to the metropolitan city’s streets of Toronto as a stand in for the Big Apple. A huge Hulk fan, Miller promised the producers that Toronto’s main traffic lane - Yonge Street - could be closed for four nights of intense filming featuring explosives and burning vehicles. Because of his willingness to accommodate the production, much of the Toronto landscape can be seen in the finished film, including the University of Toronto and the financial district.
3. Titanic (1997)
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
One of the highest grossing and most successful films of all time was not only partially shot in Canada, but also written, directed, and produced by Canadian, James Cameron. Titanic aimed for authenticity when it shot many of its water scenes off the coast of Halifax, Nova Scotia, intertwining the environment of the real life catastrophe with a little movie magic. In 1912 when the Titanic was ripped apart by an iceberg in the Atlantic Ocean, Halifax was the closest major seaport to the disaster. Despite feverish rescue attempts, few survivors were pulled from the frigid waters and over 100 victims were laid to rest in nearby cemeteries. When Cameron began production on his 1997 epic, he brought his cast and crew to Halifax to shoot the film’s harrowing, unforgettable ocean scenes.