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The Amazing Race Canada
The Amazing Race Canada title card.jpg
GenreReality competition
Created byElise Doganieri
Bertram van Munster
Creative director(s)Shannon McGinn
Presented byJon Montgomery
Theme music composerJohn M. Keane
Country of originCanada
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes10
Executive producer(s)John Brunton
Barbara Bowlby
Production company(s)Insight Productions
Original channelCTV
Original runJuly 15, 2013 – September 16, 2013
Related showsInternational versions
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The Amazing Race Canada
The Amazing Race Canada title card.jpg
GenreReality competition
Created byElise Doganieri
Bertram van Munster
Creative director(s)Shannon McGinn
Presented byJon Montgomery
Theme music composerJohn M. Keane
Country of originCanada
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes10
Executive producer(s)John Brunton
Barbara Bowlby
Production company(s)Insight Productions
Original channelCTV
Original runJuly 15, 2013 – September 16, 2013
Related showsInternational versions
External links

The Amazing Race Canada is a Canadian reality game show based on the American TV series, The Amazing Race. It features teams of two in a race around Canada. The show is produced by Insight Productions, in association with Bell Media and is broadcast on CTV. The show is hosted by Canadian Olympian Jon Montgomery. The series premiere aired on July 15, 2013 on CTV, with the first season finale airing on September 16, 2013. Tim Hague, Sr. & Tim Hague, Jr. were the winners of the first season of The Amazing Race Canada.

On the airdate of the season finale it was announced that CTV Bell Media had ordered another season of The Amazing Race Canada.[1] Casting began in fall 2013 and the second season will air in summer 2014. New to the eligibity requirements for Season 2 were clauses that applicants must possess a valid Canadian passport, and be able to travel not only within Canada but around the world, suggesting that, unlike Season 1, the race will travel to destinations outside of Canada, closer to its American counterpart.[2]


Development and filming[edit]

The Oakes Garden Theatre Park, overlooking the famous Horseshoe Falls section of Niagara Falls, served as the Starting Line for the first season of The Amazing Race Canada.

The first season was filmed from May 3 to May 24, 2013.[3]

The winning team earned $250,000 (CAD), a pair of Chevrolet Corvette Stingrays, and Air Canada executive passes for unlimited international air travel for a year.

The series' premiere sponsorship partners included Air Canada, BlackBerry, Chevrolet, and Interac.

During the airing of the episode for Leg 3, a message read by host Jon Montgomery recognized that the 2013 Alberta floods had occurred since the filming of the leg and prior to the series premiere. The message encouraged viewers to donate to flood relief and rebuilding efforts.

The Leg 5 Pit Stop was originally scheduled to be on the grounds of the Saskatchewan Legislative Building, however unexpected warm weather brought more people out to enjoy the weather. The unforeseen circumstance forced producers to move the Pit Stop to nearby Pine Island (a more secluded spot).[4]

On May 8, 2013, Toronto City Council granted permission for Insight Productions to film a television episode for "3 participants rappelling over the West Tower roof onto the podium green roof of City Hall" on May 24, 2013.[5] Ultimately, this permit was a ruse to prevent fans from recording the event and posting it online.


Casting began on December 20, 2012, with an online site for submission of applications and audition videos.[6] The contestants include Body Break hosts Hal Johnson and Joanne McLeod and actress Vanessa Morgan.



The following teams participated in the Race, with their relationships at the time of filming. Note that this table is not necessarily reflective of all content broadcast on television due to inclusion or exclusion of some data.

TeamRelationshipPosition (by leg)Roadblocks
Tim Sr. & Tim Jr.Father/Son6th26th7th5th2nd5th2nd2nd3rd1stTim Sr. 6, Tim Jr. 6
Jody & CoryBrothers7th3rd5th6th4th2nd51st1st1st2ndJody 6, Cory 6
Vanessa & CelinaSisters5th5th4th4thə33rd4th4th4th2nd3rdVanessa 6, Celina 6
Jet & DaveBest Friends4th7th3rd1st1st1st3rd3rd4thJet 5, Dave 5
Holly & BrettMarried Doctors2nd1st6th2nd5th42nd55thHolly 4, Brett 4
Hal & JoanneMarried Fitness Icons3rd2nd1st3rd6th
Hal 3, Joanne 3
Kristen & DarrenDating1st4th2nd7thKristen 2, Darren 3
Jamie & PierreBest Friends8th8thJamie 2, Pierre 1
Treena & TennilleTwin Sisters9th2Treena 1, Tennille 1
  1. ^a b Legs 1 & 10 featured two Roadblocks and no Detour. The team member who sat out the first Roadblock was required to perform the second one.
  2. ^a b Tim Sr. & Tim Jr. and Treena & Tennille initially arrived 5th and 8th respectively but both failed to get both clues at the Butterfly Conservatory and thus received a 30 minute penalty at the Pit Stop, causing them to fall to 6th and last places, respectively. Treena & Tennille were eliminated as a result.
  3. ^ Vanessa & Celina used their Express Pass given to them by Kristen & Darren to bypass the Leg 4 Detour. They arrived 4th but were not checked in until they dropped off their backpacks within sight of host Jon Montgomery standing on the pit stop mat. Their placement was unchanged after retrieving and dropping off their backpacks correctly.
  4. ^a b Holly & Brett and Hal & Joanne initially arrived 3rd and 6th respectively, but both failed to complete the lentil bean searching task and received a 2-hour penalty. Holly & Brett fell to 5th place, while Hal & Joanne were unaffected by their penalty and were eliminated.
  5. ^a b Holly & Brett and Jody & Cory were considered tied for 2nd place, due to the fact that they reached the mat at exactly the same time.

Episode title quotes[edit]

Episode titles are often taken from quotes made by the racers.

  1. "Where in the World is Ogopogo?" – Producer Named
  2. "Se Hou Leng" – Calligraphy Expert from Draw It Detour (non-racer)
  3. "Hoodoos and Hoodonts" – Producer Named
  4. "Grab a 'Nug" – Dave
  5. "Death By Lentils" – Producer Named
  6. "Check the Cannons!" – Jody
  7. "We Don't Have Time for the Bathroom" – Tim Sr.
  8. "Clutch and Release" – Vanessa
  9. "Ah-mazing" – Jet & Dave; Vanessa & Celina
  10. "The Family Race Off" – Producer Named


The prize for each leg is awarded to the first place team for that leg. Trips are sponsored by Air Canada – all round trips are only available to Air Canada destination cities.

Race summary[edit]

The complete route map of the 1st season of The Amazing Race Canada.
DestinationsLegenda lotnisko.svg Air travel   Legenda kolej.svg Rail travel   Legenda prom.svg Water travel   Bus-logo.svg Bus travel
Route MarkersDetour icon.svg Detour   Roadblock icon.svg Roadblock   Fast Forward icon.svg Fast Forward   U-Turn icon.svg U-Turn   Speed Bump icon.svg Speed Bump   TAR-pitstop-icon.png Pit Stop

Leg 1 (Ontario → British Columbia)[edit]

In the first Roadblock of The Amazing Race Canada, teams searched for the mythical Ogopogo in the depths of Kelowna's Lake Okanagan.

Airdate: July 15, 2013

In the first Roadblock of the season, teams had to sign up to rent one of nine personal watercrafts and, using just a rudimentary map, make their way to a diving station located on Lake Okanagan. One team member then had to don diving gear, dive down to the bottom of Lake Okanagan, and search for a statue of Ogopogo where they would find their next clue. In the second Roadblock, the other team member had to walk across a narrow plank attached to a railway trestle suspended high above the canyon in order to retrieve their clue, which was dangling off the edge of the plank. They then had to bungee jump off the plank to the ground to meet their partner before continuing.

Additional tasks

Leg 2 (British Columbia)[edit]

While in Vancouver, teams visited its historic Chinatown, known for its "Millennium Gate".

Airdate: July 22, 2013

In this leg's Roadblock, one team member had to perform two laps of Short Track Speed Skating in under 1 minute and 30 seconds. For this leg's Detour, teams had to choose between Dance It and Draw It. In Dance It, teams went to the Chinese Cultural Centre, where they would receive a list of destinations written entirely in Mandarin Chinese. They would have to travel to these locations in Chinatown to find the four pieces of a Chinese Lion costume. Then, they would return to the Cultural Centre, where they would have to put on the outfit and successfully perform the traditional Lion Dance. In Draw It, teams traveled to Ten Ren's Tea and Ginseng Co., where each team member would drink a cup of green tea. Printed on the bottom of each cup was a Chinese symbol representing one of the twelve animals of the Chinese Zodiac. They would have to memorize these characters, then go to the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, and successfully reproduce them with a calligraphy brush, and give it to a Chinese woman. If the characters were wrongly reproduced, teams would start all over again with new Chinese symbols.

Additional task
  • At the DP World container terminal, teams must climb to the top of a shipping crane and use a pair of binoculars to search for flags marking the location of the Pit Stop.

Leg 3 (British Columbia → Alberta)[edit]

In Leg 3, teams visited the Hoodoos in the town of Drumheller.

Airdate: July 29, 2013

In this leg's Roadblock, one team member had to properly learn and perform a classic Canadian line dance. If they could impress the judge, a professional line dancer, they would receive their next clue – if not, they have to start all over again. In the Detour, teams had to choose between Lump by Lump and Bone by Bone. In Lump by Lump, teams traveled to the Atlas Coal Mine National Historic Site and rode a locomotive called "Linda" to the Wash House, where they dressed up in coal mining outfits. They then had to shovel coal into a mine cart so that it overflowed and touched all four edges of the cart. After properly hanging their teams' dogtag on the cart, they would receive their next clue; if the cart wasn't ready for haulage, they would have to start over and keep shoveling coal. In Bone by Bone, teams traveled to the Tyrrell Museum where they studied a mounted display of a dinosaur's skeleton. They then had to enter the specimen preparation laboratory and completely build a model of the same skeleton from their memory.

Additional task
  • At the internet cafe in Vancouver, teams must book their flight to Calgary through the Air Canada website.

Leg 4 (Alberta → Northwest Territories → Yukon)[edit]

Upon arrival in Carcross, teams had to locate a steam engine named "The Duchess".

Airdate: August 5, 2013

For this leg's Roadblock, one team member did a polar bear dip – they had to strip down to a bathing suit and jump into a hole cut into the ice, retrieving their clue from the opposite side of the freezing water. On this leg's Speed Bump, Tim Jr. and Tim Sr. had to recite the first four stanzas of "The Shooting of Dan McGrew" to a Robert W. Service impersonator. If the four stanzas are not recited properly, they have to start the poem all over again until they get it right. For the Detour, teams chose between Yukon Supply Run or Klondike Gold Rush. In Yukon Supply Run, teams had to use the provided tools and materials to build a raft and would have to paddle themselves, as well as some supplies, out into the lake to retrieve their next clue. In Klondike Gold Rush, teams completed three games inspired by the task's namesake. First, they would have to use a two-person saw to cut off a slice of wood from a log. Next, both team members would have to toss a hatchet and have it stick to a wooden target. Finally, one team member would ride in a wheelbarrow and had to direct their blindfolded partner around a course while they collected all five "gold nuggets" in a gold pan.

Additional tasks
  • After completing the Roadblock, teams returned to the Yellowknife airport where they had to sign up for one of three charter flights, each departing 20 minutes apart.
  • Teams rode ATVs from the Detour to the Pit Stop.

Leg 5 (Yukon → Saskatchewan)[edit]

For the Roadblock in Regina, teams experienced the recruitment process of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Airdate: August 12, 2013

In this leg's Roadblock, one team member must attend an RCMP Boot Camp. The team members must be dressed in cadet uniforms. They must first get a supply of clothes, then go to their room, where they will place their clothes in the closet and cabinets neat and tidy, then they must make their bed. If an inspector thinks it met RCMP standards, they will receive their next clue. If not, the inspector will dump all the clothes onto the bed and the "cadet" would have to start again. In the Detour, team chose between Brawn or Beauty. In Brawn, teams will have a chance to become football players. They must perform a series of football drills, then they must catch a touchdown pass from coach Khari Jones, then kick the football for a winning field goal. If they fail, they must run a lap around the field (take a hike) then start over again. In Beauty, teams will have a chance to be a cheerleader. To become a cheerleader, they first must perform a choreographer dance, cartwheels, then flips. After that, they will perform a cheerleader dance for Saskatchewan Roughriders fans. If team mascot Gainer the Gopher thinks its good, he will hand them their next clue. Vanessa is seen holding a Fast Forward clue in her hand at the Roadblock. The Fast Forward was not aired but included driving a police car simulation.

Additional tasks
  • At the SS Klondike, teams had to search the decks for a hidden clue.
  • At Regina Airport, teams had to find a Chevrolet Trax in the parking lot where they would find a BlackBerry Z10 which they tapped with the parking attendants' Z10 to reveal turn by turn directions to their next location.
  • At the Saskcan Pulse Trading Company, teams dug through dry bulk trailer loads of lentils to find 2 stuffed moose dolls (one tagged "RCMP", the other tagged "Heritage Centre") which led to their next clue.
  • At the Regina City Hall, teams learned how to perform a Ukrainian dance to get their next clue.

Leg 6 (Saskatchewan → Quebec)[edit]

One side of the Detour at Quebec City required teams to use their Québécois French language skills after studying this Old Québec mural.

Airdate: August 19, 2013

In this leg's Detour, teams chose between Sculpt It or Spot It. In Sculpt It, teams must choose an ice sculpture of a star, a house, or a boat, then chisel out a copy of the same design on another ice block to get their next clue. In Spot It, teams must find a replica painting with missing items. They must find the original mural image then place Québécois French words in the correct order to receive their next clue. In the leg's Roadblock, one team member must take orders from customers, then a chef will demonstrate how to make a proper crêpe, two savoury and two sweet crêpes. Then they must create four crêpes with the right ingredients and using the proper method to make crêpes, then serve it to the customer. Once they served all four crêpes, the chef will give them the next clue.

Additional tasks
  • Teams had to take the Old Quebec Funicular up to the Statue of Samuel de Champlain.
  • At the Plains of Abraham, teams learned how to play lacrosse. Each team member had to catch a pass from their partner and score a goal to receive their next clue.

Leg 7 (Quebec → Nunavut)[edit]

Teams were required to construct a traditional Inuit igloo as one side of the Detour tasks in Nunavut.

Airdate: August 26, 2013

In this leg's Detour, teams had to choose between Harpoon Hunter and Igloo Builder. In Harpoon Hunter, one team member must put on snow shoes and pull their teammate on a sled one kilometer across the tundra. They must then both throw a traditional harpoon and hit a target. Once they are both successful the other team member must pull the sled back to the starting point to receive their next clue. In Igloo Builder, teams must build an igloo using only the tools provided and pre-cut blocks of ice. Once the Inuit elder feels that the igloo can withstand an arctic night, he will hand over their next clue. On this leg's Speed Bump, Tim Sr. & Tim Jr. had to lead a dog sled team across Frobisher Bay to retrieve a food cache and deliver it back to the starting point in order to continue racing. The Roadblock required one team member to consume an entire serving of Muktuk (ᒪᒃᑕᒃ) – 10 pieces – to receive their next clue.

Additional tasks
  • Once teams arrived at Iqaluit airport, they had to decipher their next clue written entirely in Inuktitut.
  • Once teams arrived at Sylvia Grinnell Territorial Park, they had to locate two throat singers by the Sylvia Grinnell River and listen to an Inuit throat singing performance to receive their next clue.
  • Teams traveled by snowmobile across Frobisher Bay to the Hudson's Bay Company Trading Post.
  • After completing the Roadblock, teams had to walk one kilometer northwest from the Hudson Bay Trading Post to their Pit Stop, which is located up the hill.

Leg 8 (Nunavut → Nova Scotia)[edit]

The Bluenose II, the successor of the Bluenose, in Lunenburg served as the Pit Stop for this leg of the Race.

Airdate: September 2, 2013

For this leg's Roadblock, one team member must search around Mahone Bay for the scarecrow pictured on their Blackberry Z10. Once they found the scarecrow, they must bring it to a gazebo where they must build a copy of it with the items provided there. Then when they are ready for inspection, they must take a photo with the Z10 then hand it to a scarecrow expert. If the expert is satisfied, they will receive their next clue. This leg's Detour was a choice between Surf and Turf. In Surf, teams had to board a lobster fishing boat and pull six lobster traps from the sea. They had to catch and band the claws of one lobster from each, and then deliver them to the Grand Banker restaurant to receive their next clue. In Turf, teams were presented with samples of 12 different kinds of sausages, and they had to memorize their German names. They then had to run to Zwicker Wharf and identify the 12 sausages from another, unlabeled set of samples, in order to receive their next clue.

Additional tasks
  • At the Halifax airport, teams found a USB flash drive inside their Chevrolet Sonics which played a message on the MyLink video system.
  • When Pier 21 opened, teams received a passport and had to find 7 different stamps; then ink the 7 stamps on the passport to receive their next clue.
  • At St. John's Anglican Church, the teams' clue was a Canadian dime, which features the Bluenose sailing ship on one side. The teams had to recognize this and make their way to its successor, the Bluenose II – which was in a Lunenburg drydock at the time – where Jon was waiting for them.

Leg 9 (Nova Scotia → Newfoundland and Labrador)[edit]

Teams finished this penultimate leg of the Race in Cape Spear, known as the easternmost point in Canada and the continent of North America.

Airdate: September 9, 2013

In this leg's Detour, teams chose between Tell a Tale or Wag a Tail. In Tell a Tale, teams traveled to the Petty Harbour dock, where they listened to two local fishermen tell a story in Newfoundland slang. They then had to relay the story, word-for-word, to a group of listeners nearby to get their next clue. In Wag a Tail, teams made their way to Harbourside Park and chose a Newfoundland dog. They would then load up a cart with four dozen eggs and 12 bottles of milk, and had to have the dog draw the cart up the extremely steep Holloway Street (known as "Heart Attack Hill") to deliver these goods, undamaged, to four households. In the Roadblock, one team member could use whatever means available to them in the music store to perform on the street and earn C$50.

Additional tasks
  • At Port aux Basques, racers had to rush from the ferry dock to one of three waiting cars, each with drivers who took them overnight to St. John's. The first would carry one team, which left 15 minutes ahead of the second. The second also carried one team, which left 15 minutes ahead of the third vehicle, which took the other two teams.
  • At the Quidi Vidi Brewing Company, teams had to recite the inspirational quote that they'd earlier memorized at St. John's Terry Fox Memorial Site. If correct, they would be granted entry into a traditional Newfoundland kitchen party, where they would have to kiss a cod and each drink a shot of Newfoundland Screech.
  • After completing the Roadblock, teams had to find their Pit Stop location at the most easterly point in North America, leaving them to figure out that it was Cape Spear, not the nearby Fort Amherst.

Leg 10 (Newfoundland and Labrador → Ontario)[edit]

The skyline of the city of Toronto as seen from the Olympic Island was the backdrop of the Race's Finish Line.

Airdate: September 16, 2013

In the first Roadblock of the final leg, one team member had to rappel face-first down the side of the L Tower, a building that was under construction at that time, about 44 stories tall. When they reached the roof of another three storey building, they would reunite with their partner and get the next clue. In the second roadblock, the other team member had to match provincial and territorial flags with the floral emblems visited during the race onto a map board. If teams were sharp, they would notice the Pit Stop greeters on each leg wore the floral emblem of their province or territory. Once they got all the flags and emblems matched onto their map, they received their final clue.

Additional tasks
  • Upon landing in Toronto, teams searched outside Pearson International Airport for a woman wearing a maple leaf baseball cap who would give them their next clue.
  • After completing the first Roadblock, each team was given a Cadbury Caramilk bar inside their clue envelope, leaving them to figure out that they were headed to the Cadbury Gladstone Chocolate Factory.
  • At the Cadbury Chocolate Factory, teams must search through cartons of Cadbury Caramilk bars to find one of three "golden chocolate bars". Once they found one, they will have to proceed to the president's office, where he will give the team a golden key to unlock a safe, where their next clue was located.
  • At the Toronto Zoo, teams had to search the grounds for their next clue, which had been set up inside the panda exhibit.
Additional note
  • At the start of the leg, teams received a free upgrade to business class on their flight to Toronto.


The season ranked as the number one new show in Canada, and the number one show in Canada for the year, with an average audience of 3.5 million viewers.[8]

1July 15, 2013"Where in the World is Ogopogo?"3.50[9]1[10]1[10]
2July 22, 2013"Se Hou Leng"2.871[11]1[11]1[11]
3July 29, 2013"Hoodoos and Hoodonts"2.909[12]1[12]1[12]
4August 5, 2013"Grab a Nug"2.425[13]1[13]1[13]
5August 12, 2013"Death By Lentils"2.870[14]1[14]1[14]
6August 19, 2013"Check the Cannons!"2.943[15]1[15]1[15]
7August 26, 2013"We Don't Have Time for the Bathroom"2.790[16]1[16]1[16]
8September 2, 2013"Clutch and Release"2.789[17]1[17]1[17]
9September 9, 2013"Ah-mazing"2.870[18]1[18]1[18]
10September 16, 2013"The Family Race Off"3.056[19]1[19]1[19]


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