“Heartland”

July 7, 2012

Some of you already know that we recently completed a 16-day adventure through Montana, Canada, Idaho and Wyoming. I will be sharing some of that incredible journey with you later. Just for fun, I thought I’d share part of the reason all of us (me, Tom, my Mom and Tom’s Dad) became even more interested in exploring Canada. All of us except Tom, had been there before and had wanted to go back, but watching a particular series on TV prompted us to go sooner, rather than later.

Click on the photos for larger/sharper views.

Anybody a fan? Well, we are and the scenery shown in each episode just made us long to go there. For those that don’t know about the show (and if you love horses, animals, beautiful scenery, family-oriented scripts, great topics, etc.), be sure to check it out: http://www.cbc.ca/heartland/about.html

We were to pick my Mom up at the Calgary airport about 5 days into our trip. High River (where some of the show is filmed) was on the way. Once there, we checked out the Chamber of Commerce and got exact directions to one of the sets and a general idea about where the ranch was located. They won’t tell you where it is. It’s private property.

Maggie’s Cafe. Not open to the public, but there was activity inside due to a special upcoming event that we were going to miss by one day.

My father-in-law Nick.

Shot through barred windows – preparing for a special event.

We rolled through on June 15th. The Street Party would have been fun to attend had we been just one day later. 🙂

We left High River and drove on. We knew what town we were looking for, but we had no idea past that bit of information. Almost like we were guided, we turned off the main highway and I talked Tom into asking someone in a local gas station/market if they knew where the ranch was. Well, Tom came out with less than specific directions, but after hitting a dead end and going back the other way, we noticed pastures full of equipment trailers, vehicles and props. Hmmm…think we’re on the right track.

Sure enough, we hit pay dirt at the other end of the road just past all the equipment. The location was monitored of course and as we drove up, a guard walked up to the Jeep. He was very friendly and when we asked permission to photograph, he called down and I was given the okay. We were actually told that if they’d had an extra person (they didn’t) and they weren’t currently filming a scene (they were), they would have escorted us down to meet and greet. Oh well. We agreed it was fun just to be there. Wish Mom had been with us.

We were told that the owner of the ranch makes the film company take the sign down and change the mailbox (it’s a prop with the Bartlett name) when they’re not filming. Makes sense.

You can see a couple of the guys from the film crew with a large, rolling camera. While we were there, they were filming a scene inside the barn for the first episode of Season 6. I believe they are showing Season 2 or 3 in Colorado. I bought the DVD’s for Seasons 1-4 and they made the rounds. From us, to my aunt and uncle in Wyoming, to my Mom, to Nick on the Western Slope and back. We’re waiting for the Season 5 DVD to become available in the U.S. and we’ll pick that up as well.

This show takes on such topics as wild horses (the Canadian variety, but they even mentioned our Mustang prison training program here in Canon City, CO in one episode), horse rescue, natural horsemanship, slaughter, complementary Veterinary techniques (traditional, herbal/holistic) and more. I wish there was a program like it in the United States. It’s just an all around good show. Reminds me of those nights when we’d gather around the TV to watch the “Wonderful World of Color” and “Bonanza” each Sunday night. There was something good to watch that we looked forward to each week. Now, it’s Saturday night on Denver’s 20-1 TV station – 2 hours of “Heartland.” Hey, that’s tonight!

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10 Responses to ““Heartland””

  1. Margaret Says:

    Pam
    I have to read this blog entry. I started watching Heartland when it first aired. They are now going into season 6 (ginormous HOOFRAY). It is the no. 1 family show on tv.

    They even dealt with slaughter back in season 2. Not really in depth but more of a touch.

    And to start season 5 Raoul Truillo starred as a liberty horse trainer. He was absolutely believable in the role. I was mesmerized by his performance.

  2. pnickoles Says:

    Hi Margaret – yup, I started watching it when it first came to the U.S., but we’re way behind, so I got the DVDs. 🙂 It’s a great show.

  3. Laura Says:

    Thanks for the photos – I recently discovered the show as well (I’m in Texas) and I really like it. Beautiful country!

  4. julie Says:

    Loved the blog, Pam! Now you have me trying to find that show on my dish tv.

  5. Laura Evans Says:

    My daughter has been watching it on Netflix. She watched all of the show Wildfire and now she’s watching Heartland. She says it’s better. But so far there are only three seasons. Thanks for sharing your trip, she thought the pictures were awesome but I think she was secretly hoping you had gotten a picture of “Ty”.

  6. Donna Buscemi Says:

    Hi Pam,
    It use to air Sunday nights here in Maryland but they moved it to a channel I can’t get. I only saw season one but loved it and do miss it
    Donna

  7. sandra longley Says:

    love the show as well, thought maybe was filmed in Montana, what province in Canada? I compliment them on keeping it real..they must have good technical advisors-comes on pretty early here on the west coast, and am usually doing chores

  8. pnickoles Says:

    Hi Laura – I think I actually did get a photo of “Ty” (Graham Wardle). It’s taken from quite a distance, but we’re pretty darn sure of who’s in the picture. 😉

    Hi Donna – you can buy the DVD’s of Heartland at this link: http://www.cbcshop.ca/by-show/heartland.html

    Sandra – it’s filmed in Alberta, Canada. Absolutely beautiful country.

  9. Josh Says:

    Any way you could give me the directions to the ranch ? Thanks

  10. pnickoles Says:

    Hi Josh – I wouldn’t even begin to know how or where to tell you where it is. We just kind of stumbled upon it and we didn’t write anything down. Maybe you can do what we did and just ask around the general filming location of High River. Good luck!


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