Adventures in Rainbow Country (TV Series 1969– )
|Company||ABC Television Films Limited, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), Manitou Productions Ltd.|
Adventures in Rainbow Country
Adventures in Rainbow Country was a Canadian television series, which aired on CBC Television in the 1970-71 TV season. Reruns were later shown on the American children's cable channel Nickelodeon during the early 1980s. A half hour family drama, the show starred Lois Maxwell (of James Bond fame) as Nancy Williams, a widow raising her children Billy (Stephen Cottier) and Hannah (Susan Conway) in rural Northern Ontario.
The show was filmed in 1969 around Whitefish Falls, which is near Espanola, Ontario, Canada. Many scenes were also shot at Birch Island and on Manitoulin Island.
Production and broadcasts
The show was very popular in Canada and technically never cancelled or axed. No further episodes were produced after the first season. There were 26 episodes produced in total.
It has continued to air in repeats, both in Canada and internationally — in Canada, the show had been seen on DejaView and Silver Screen Classics. In Australia, the series is screened on GEM.
- Stephen Cottier as Billy Williams
- Buckley Petawabano as Pete Gawa, Billy's Ojibwa friend
- Susan Conway as Hannah Williams
- Albert Millaire as Roger Lemieux, photographer/journalist
- Wally Koster as Dennis McGubgub, bush pilot
- Alan Mills as Dougal MacGregor, tugboat skipper
- Lois Maxwell as Nancy Williams
Actors who made appearances on the show included Donald Harron, Ken James, Chris Wiggins, Austin Willis, Peter Donat, Gordon Pinsent, Margot Kidder, Len Birman, Percy Rodrigues, Duke Redbird, Jean-Louis Roux, Murray Westgate, Anthony Kramreither and Eric Christmas.
The Sudbury and Manitoulin Districts are to this day known as the Rainbow Country tourist region, as a result of this series.
A cast, crew and fan reunion event took place in Whitefish Falls from 11 to 14 August 2006.