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Historical drama Frontier boosts eastern Canada


Historical drama Frontier, starring Jason Momoa, has boosted eastern Canadian province Newfoundland and Labrador.

Set in late-18th century Canada, the show charts the adventures of an outlaw clashing with big business against the background of the country’s lucrative fur trade.

The third series recently launched on Netflix and Discovery Canada.

Frontier has been a huge benefit to Newfoundland and Labrador, spending around C$40m locally over the course of three seasons, and an additional C$20m in Ontario and other parts of the country, according to figures from the Canada Media Producers Association (CMPA).

“Over three seasons, Frontier has entertained fans across the world, yet nowhere is its impact more tangible than in Newfoundland and Labrador,” said Reynolds Mastin, president and CEO of the CMPA. 

“Frontier’s economic contribution to the province shows the tremendous economic potential of bold and unapologetically Canadian storytelling.”

The show’s producers particularly sought the services of ‘outdoor lifestyle’ company Rugged Edge in the town of Corner Brook on Newfoundland to help scout location options for the shoot and to prepare cast and crew for the cold-weather conditions.

Canada is popular for its wilderness filming locations, many of which are within easy reach of cities such as Vancouver and Calgary.

See KFTV's production guide for more on filming in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Image: Duncan de Young