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Transit on film: Amazing Race on the Canada Line

Amazing Race on the Canada Line

Contestants Jody and Cory (not fully in picture) at YVR-Airport Station racing to the Richmond Skating Oval. Check out full episode here (7:40 onwards).

Amazing Race Canada fans know that Vancouver and our very own Canada Line were featured on the second episode of the current season. Airing on July 22, the then eight remaining teams flew to Vancouver from Kelowna for the second leg of the race. Teams had to get from YVR Airport to the Richmond Skating Oval using the Canada Line. As you’ll see, some teams did better than others and one team got off the line a little too early.

TV, film, advertisement and promotional video crews on transit in Metro Vancouver is nothing new. TransLink gets roughly 75 to 100 requests to use the different modes every year. We’ve blogged about Smallville, Fringe, Blade Trinity, Defying Gravity, 21 Jump Street, Atomic Train and others before. Just check out the TransLink in TV & Film category to read them all.

Unfortunately, we can’t accommodate every request to shoot on the system. For large productions, we have to limit access to out of service hours to minimize the impact on our customers. In some cases, that might not be enough time for what their scripts demand. With major upgrades underway for SkyTrain, we’re unable to give the green light to many SkyTrain requests.

With the fall filming season about to get started, you never know where you might see our little slice of Hollywood North next!







  • By Cliff, August 29, 2013 @ 3:16 pm

    I would imagine that money makes a huge difference as to the availability of transit services for filming.

    A higher budget film can afford to compensate TransLink better for its time than some indie film.

  • By Robert Willis - Buzzer Editor, September 5, 2013 @ 8:57 am

    Hi Cliff: I spoke to my colleague who looks after filming on the system. We try to provide access as best we can, while minimizing the impact to our customers. For big budget productions they still have to fit within our time restriction. There ya go!

  • By bob, July 18, 2014 @ 12:48 am

    What about Friday the 13th Jason takes Manhattan???

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