The Amazing Race Canada
The Amazing Race Canada is a reality television competition series that features teams in a grueling race across Canada and the world. The Race is divided into a series of legs; on each leg teams strive to reach the Pit Stop where they are greeted by the host, Jon Montgomery. During each leg teams receive destination clues and challenges to complete in order to move onto the next task. The first team to cross the finish line wins $250,000 in cash and additional prizes that vary every season. Commissioned by CTV, The Amazing Race Canada is produced by Insight Productions in association with Bell Media and with the support of Profiles Television.
|The Amazing Race Canada|
|Created by||Elise Doganieri|
Bertram van Munster
|Creative director(s)||Shannon McGinn|
|Presented by||Jon Montgomery|
|Theme music composer||John M. Keane|
|Country of origin||Canada|
|No. of seasons||7|
|No. of episodes||79 (and 6 reunion specials)|
|Executive producer(s)||John Brunton|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Insight Productions|
|Picture format||720p (HDTV)|
|Original release||July 15, 2013 –|
|Related shows||International versions|
After the season 7 finale, it was announced that the show was renewed for an eighth season to air in 2020.
The Amazing Race Canada is a reality television competition between at least nine teams of two. The race is divided into a number of legs wherein teams travel and complete various tasks to obtain clues to help them progress to a Pit Stop, where they are given a chance to rest and recover before starting the next leg twelve hours later. The first team to arrive at a Pit Stop is often awarded a prize while the last team is normally eliminated from the race (except in non-elimination legs). The final leg of each race is run by the last three remaining teams, and the first to arrive at the final destination wins CA$250,000, two vehicles of any Chevrolet model cars and unlimited air travel for a year with Air Canada (seasons 1–3).
On the airdate of the first season finale it was announced that CTV Bell Media had ordered another season of The Amazing Race Canada. Casting began in fall 2013 and the second season aired in summer 2014. New to the eligibility 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; this meant that, unlike the first season, the race travelled to destinations outside of Canada, closer to its American counterpart.
In the second season, Petro-Canada was the fuel sponsor and Scotiabank was the financial sponsor, with the team winning a lifetime supply of gasoline from Petro-Canada. In the third season, the Bank of Montreal (BMO) replaced Scotiabank as the financial sponsor. In the fourth season, Hotels.com replaced Air Canada as the trip sponsor with the team winning a 'once-in-a-lifetime' trip for two around the world with Hotels.com; the fuel sponsor was removed. In the fifth season, Sinorama replaced Hotels.com as the trip sponsor, with the winning team winning a 'once-in-a-lifetime' trip for two around the world with Sinorama. In the sixth season, the financial and trip sponsors were removed, and Dempster's Bakery began their sponsorship. In the seventh season, Shell Canada's V-Power was the fuel sponsor.
Each team is composed of two individuals who have some type of relationship to each other. A total of 71 teams, or 142 contestants, have participated in The Amazing Race Canada.
Route Markers are yellow and red flags that mark the places where teams must go. Most Route Markers are attached to the boxes that contain clue envelopes, but some may mark places where teams must go in order to complete tasks, or may be used to line a course that the teams must follow.
Clues are found throughout the race in sealed envelopes, normally inside clue boxes. They give teams the information they need and tasks they need to do in order for them to progress through the race.
- Route Info: A general clue that may include a task to be completed by the team before they can receive their next clue.
- Detour: A choice of two tasks. Teams are free to choose either task or swap tasks if they find one option too difficult.
- Roadblock: A task only one team member can complete. Teams must choose which member will challenge the task based on a brief clue about the task before fully revealing the details of the task.
- Fast Forward: A task that only one team may complete, allowing that team to skip all remaining tasks and head directly for the next Pit Stop. Teams may only claim one Fast Forward during the entire race.
- Canada 150 Challenge: A series of special challenges during season 5 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Confederation of Canada. They had no effect on the gameplay mechanics of the "Race", except for their relevance in the Final Memory Challenge that season.
Teams may encounter the following that may affect their position during the race:
- U-Turn: An obstacle where a team can force another trailing team to complete the other option of the Detour they did not select. Teams may use their ability to u-turn another team more than once throughout the race (as opposed to the American version, which allows only one), as shown in Season 3 when Gino & Jesse u-turned two teams.
- One Way: An obstacle where a team can force another trailing team to complete one specific option of the Detour.
- Face Off: An obstacle which has two teams compete against each other in a specific task. The winning team is given the next clue, while the losing team must wait out a 15-minute penalty before receiving the next clue.
At the beginning of each leg, teams receive an allowance of cash, usually in Canadian dollars, to cover expenses during the race (except for the purchase of airline tickets, which are paid-for by credit cards provided to the teams).
Teams then have to follow clues and Route Markers that will lead them to the various destinations and tasks they will face. Modes of travel between these destinations include commercial and chartered airplanes (which for the first three seasons were generally provided by sponsor Air Canada), boats, trains, taxis, buses, and rented vehicles provided by the show, or the teams may simply travel by foot. Each leg ends with a twelve-hour Pit Stop where teams are able to rest and where teams that arrives last are progressively eliminated from the race until only three teams remain. Most legs comprise three or more challenges, often a Roadblock, Detour and a Route Info Task. The first teams to arrive at the Pit Stop win prizes, usually from the show's sponsors.
- The Express Pass, awarded to the winners of the first legs of seasons 1 and 2, allows that team to skip any task they want during the race. In Season 1, Kristen & Darren won this pass, one for themselves and gave the second one to Vanessa & Celina; Kristen & Darren ultimately did not use theirs. Vanessa & Celina used their Express Pass to bypass the Detour in Leg 4. In Season 2, Natalie & Meaghan won this pass, one for themselves and gave the second one to Pierre & Michel; Natalie & Meaghan used their Express Pass to bypass the Detour in Leg 3. Pierre & Michel used their Express Pass to bypass the Roadblock in Leg 6. In seasons 3 and 4, the Express Pass was given out in an optional task in Leg 2 right before the Detour, allowing any team to possibly win it rather than it being a definite award for a first-place finish on the leg. In Season 3, Hamilton & Michaelia won this pass, one for themselves and gave the second one to Brent & Sean; Hamilton & Michaelia immediately used their Express Pass to bypass the Detour in Leg 2. Brent & Sean used their Express Pass to bypass a task in Leg 7. In Season 4, Steph & Kristen won this pass, one for themselves and gave the second one to Frankie & Amy; Steph & Kristen ultimately did not use theirs. Frankie & Amy used their Express Pass to bypass the Roadblock in Leg 6.
- In Season 5, three separate Express Passes were available to be found during the Roadblock in Leg 2, allowing any three teams to possibly win one; or a team could win more than one Express Pass, but they must give the other(s) away by the end of Leg 3. Kenneth & Ryan found all three passes, they gave one to Karen & Bert as a reward for help in a task later in Leg 2, and gave the other to Megan & Courtney early in Leg 3. Kenneth & Ryan used their Express Pass to bypass the Detour in Leg 3; Karen & Bert used their Express Pass to bypass a task in Leg 3; Megan & Courtney ultimately did not use theirs.
- In Season 6 (Heroes Edition), three separate Express Passes were available to be found during a task in Leg 2, allowing any three teams to possibly win one. Todd & Anna, Leanne & Mar and Nancy & Melissa each won one. Todd & Anna and Leanne & Mar used their Express Passes to bypass the same task in Leg 3; Nancy & Melissa used their Express Pass to bypass a later task in Leg 3.
- In Season 7, three separate Express Passes were awarded; two to the winners of Leg 1, and one to the winners of Leg 2. The team who won Leg 1 and two Express Passes must give one away by the end of Leg 3. Dave & Irina won Leg 1 and two passes; Aarthy & Thinesh won the third pass by winning Leg 2. Dave & Irina gave their other pass to Anthony & James early in Leg 3. Dave & Irina used their Express Pass to bypass the second Roadblock in Leg 4; Anthony & James used their Express Pass to bypass the first Roadblock in Leg 4; Aarthy & Thinesh ultimately did not use theirs.
Each race has a number of predetermined non-elimination legs, in which the last team to arrive at the Pit Stop is not eliminated and is allowed to continue on the race. The non-eliminated team is required to do a Speed Bump sometime during the next leg.
- Speed Bump: A task that only the team saved from elimination on the previous leg must complete before continuing on.
Rules and penalties
Most of the rules and penalties are adopted from the American edition.
The show first aired in 2013 with the first season premiere airing on July 15, 2013 and ending on September 16, 2013.
|1||July 15, 2013||September 16, 2013||Tim Hague, Sr. & Tim Hague, Jr.||9||First season to only travel across Canada.|
|2||July 8, 2014||September 21, 2014||Mickey Henry & Pete Schmalz||11||First season to feature international travel.|
|3||July 8, 2015||September 23, 2015||Gino & Jesse Montani||12||Introduced the Face Off.|
|4||June 28, 2016||September 13, 2016||Steph LeClair & Kristen McKenzie||10||None|
|5||July 4, 2017||September 12, 2017||Sam Lambert & Paul Mitskopoulos||Featured challenges related to Canada 150.|
|6||July 3, 2018||September 11, 2018||Courtney Berglind & Adam Kovacs||Heroes Edition: Featured teams of "heroes", including those nominated by viewers.|
|7||July 2, 2019||September 10, 2019||Anthony Johnson & James Makokis||Featured teams who overcame challenges and reinvented themselves – and included one returning team from a previous season, voted into the Race by Canadians. Introduced the One Way. Second season to only travel across Canada.|
|8||June/July 2020||September 2020||TBD||TBA||TBA|
The following are the number of times places (including Canadian provinces and territories) are featured in The Amazing Race Canada.
|Rank||Province||Seasons Visited||Pit Stops|
|1||7 (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)||72|
|7 (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)||142|
|7 (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)||124|
|4||6 (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7)||63|
|5||4 (1, 3, 4, 7)||4|
|4 (1, 3, 5, 7)||4|
|7||3 (2, 4, 6)||3|
|8||2 (2, 6)||2|
|2 (1, 5)||2|
|2 (2, 6)||2|
|Rank||Territory||Seasons Visited||Pit Stops|
|1||3 (1, 4, 7)||1|
|3 (1, 2, 6)||3|
|Rank||Country||Continent||Seasons Visited||Pit Stops|
|1||Asia||2 (2, 5)||35|
|2||South America||1 (3)||1|
|South America||1 (3)||1|
|North America||1 (4)||1|
|North America||1 (6)||1|
|North America||1 (5)||1|
- ^ This count only includes provinces that fielded actual route markers, tasks/challenges or pit stop/finish mats. Transport stopovers and connecting flights are not counted or listed.
- ^ Includes one finish line.
- ^ Includes 2 finish lines.
- ^ Includes 3 finish lines.
- ^ Including the Special Administrative Regions of
Hong Kong (2) and Macau (2).
Awards and nominations
Canadian Screen Awards
|2014||Best Cross-Platform Project, Non-Fiction - The Amazing Race Canada Interactive||Chris Skinner, CJ Hervey, James Milward, Pietro Gagliano, Ryan Andal||Won|
|Best Photography in a Lifestyle or Reality/Competition Program or Series||Peter Rieveschl, Ryan Shaw||Won|
|Best Writing in a Lifestyle or Reality/Competition Program or Series||Mark Lysakowski, Rob Brunner||Won|
|2015||Best Direction in a Reality/Competition Program or Series||Rob Brunner||Won|
|Best Picture Editing in a Reality/Competition Program or Series||Jonathan Dowler, Al Manson, Kyle Martin, Seth Poulin, Michael Tersigni||Won|
|Best Reality/Competition Program or Series||Eric Abboud, Mike Bickerton, Barbara Bowlby, John Brunton, Mark Lysakowski||Won|
|Best Writing in a Lifestyle or Reality/Competition Program or Series||Rob Brunner, Mark Lysakowski||Won|
|Golden Screen Award for TV Reality Show||Won|
|2016||Best Host in a Variety, Lifestyle, Reality/Competition, or Talk Program or Series||Jon Montgomery||Won|
|Best Direction in a Reality/Competition Program or Series||Rob Brunner||Won|
|Best Photography in a Lifestyle or Reality/Competition Program or Series||Ryan Shaw||Won|
|Best Picture Editing in a Reality/Competition Program or Series||Jonathan Dowler, Ben O'Neil, Burak Ozgan, Seth Poulin, Michael Tersigni||Won|
|Best Reality/Competition Program or Series||Daniela Battistella, Mike Bickerton, Robyn Bigue, Barbara Bowlby, John Brunton, Ann Camilleri, Guy Clarkson, Sarah James, Mark Lysakowski, Kyle Martin, Catherine Petersen||Won|
|2017||Best Reality/Competition Program or Series||John Brunton, Barbara Bowlby, Mark Lysakowski, Mike Bickerton, Sarah James, Kyle Martin, Robyn Bigue, Guy Clarkson, Ann Camilleri, Steff Millman, Catherine Petersen||Won|
|Best Direction in a Reality/Competition Program or Series||Rob Brunner||Won|
|Best Photography in a Lifestyle or Reality/Competition Program or Series||Ryan Shaw||Won|
|Best Picture Editing in a Reality/Competition Program or Series||Mike Tersigni, Al Manson, Jonathan Dowler, Dave McMahon, Ryan Monteith, Cynthia Flengeris||Nominated|
|Mike Tersigni, Ben O’Neil, Burak Ozgan, Jonathan Dowler, Allan Hughes||Won|
|Best Sound in a Non-Fiction Program or Series||Mark Krupka||Nominated|
|Best Writing in a Lifestyle or Reality/Competition Program or Series||Mark Lysakowski, Rob Brunner, Jennifer Pratt||Won|
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