7 Movies That Will Inspire You to Visit Canada

Fernie, British Columbia, Canada.

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Hot Tub Time Machine (2010)

It's so darn quaint, it looks like a movie set, but the real town of Fernie in British Columbia's Kootenay region is the setting for the comedy, Hot Tub Time Machine. Standing in as the fictional resort of Kodiak Valley where Rob Corddry and John Cusack find the clocks turned back to 1986, Fernie is a bona fide ski and vacation destination in Canada blessed with an insanely scenic location and well preserved historic main drag. The film's Silver Peak Lodge does not actually exist, but this popular ski resort town offers plenty of other places to stay.

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Brokeback Mountain (2005)

Scene from Brokeback Mountain, filmed in Alberta, Canada
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Though the Annie Proulx book was set in ​Wyoming, the steamy scenes between Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger that caused a stir when Brokeback Mountain came out were filmed against the sumptuous backdrop of southern Alberta and the Canadian Rockies.

In fact, most of the​ movie's filming was in ​Alberta, including Calgary, Fort McLeod and the especially striking Canmore and Kananaskis Country, destinations popular for their impressive year-round roster of activities amidst stunning scenery.

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"First Blood" (1982)

The second of three Alexandra Bridges north of Hope, BC, Canada
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Early on his path to superstardom, Sylvester Stallone headed to the small town of HopeBritish Columbia (three hours from Seattle, Washington, and 90 minutes from Vancouver), to make the first movie in the Rambo series, First Blood. Stallone's character, ex-Green Beret John Rambo, innocently wanders into Hope only to be persecuted to the brink by local hicks. He finally blows a gasket, receding into the region's wilderness and Cascade mountain range all the while killing every law enforcement officer that crosses his path.

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The Hotel New Hampshire (1984)

Hotel Tadoussac
Hotel Tadoussac

Director Tony Richardson substituted Tadoussac, Quebec, for the New England setting in his movie The Hotel New Hampshire.  The Hotel Tadoussac is where John Irving's humorous but often bleak and disturbing tale unfolds.

Tadoussac, which is about a three-hour drive from Quebec City, is most famous as a whale watching destination in Canada and draws visitors from all over the world.

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Clan of the Cave Bear (1986)

Scene from the Cave Bear filmed in Canada's Rocky Mountains

Much of this film featuring a scantily clad Darryl Hannah as a Cro-Magnon woman fighting for rights amongst Neanderthal men was filmed in British Columbia's Okanagan Valley.

This laid-back region is focused around the Okanagan River, which extends into Washington State. Its scenic location and dry climate have historically attracted retirees, but as of late is well known for its outstanding wineries.​

Kelowna, the Okanagan Valley's major city is a great base from which to explore the region.

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"The Shipping News" (2001)

Lobster traps and fishing boats
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We move from the mountains of Brokeback Mountain to Canada's most eastern province, Newfoundland, as the setting for another Annie Proulx novel turned movie: The Shipping News.

Like Brokeback Mountain's majestic Rocky Mountain backdrop, the raw geography and rugged coastlines of The Shipping News, directed by Lasse Hallström and starring Kevin Spacey and Julianne Moore, reflect the story's drama and give it texture.​

"Quoyle Point"--the point of land bearing the main character's family name--is not a real place in Newfoundland. Most of the filming occurred in New Bonaventure in the Trinity Bight region.

Possibly more than any other Canadian destination, Newfoundland--the place--is integrally associated with the Newfoundland people. The beauty of one matches that of the other, and understanding either is something achieved only by visiting.

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The Grey Fox

The Whistler Mountaineer in the Cheakamus Canyon.
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A Canadian movie classic, the Grey Fox tells the tale of Bill Miner, who is released from prison into a world strange and unfamiliar. Though he tries, Miner can't resist his penchant for criminal behavior and sets out to rob the Canadian Pacific Railway.

The Grey Fox is shot in luscious British Columbia locales, including Vancouver and surrounding areas as well as Cheakamus Canyon--a destination famous for its hiking and climbing located along the scenic Sea to Sky Highway.

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