CBC's first colour TV show
(CBC Still Photo Collection)
The Forest Rangers
was the first Canadian television show produced entirely in colour. The show started out as a serial that was aired on the children's show Razzle Dazzle
before evolving into its own program.
The series ran from 1963-1965 and was a co-production between CBC Television and ITC Entertainment.
It was the first series that Gordon Pinsent made a major appearance in - but he later left the show to star in Quentin Durgens, M.P.
The show focused on a group of Junior Rangers who take over an abandoned fort near the village of Indian River in northern Ontario. The group of children set up the fort as their headquarters and helped keep watch for forest fires and other conservation offences. Their adventures saw them pitted against thieves, spies and other wrongdoers. They were aided on their quests with the help of the head ranger and the RCMP.
A total of 104 half-hour episodes were aired. The show earned a broad international following and was aired in several other countries, including the United Kingdom, Norway and Australia.
The group of young actors who made up the Junior Rangers held a 40th anniversary reunion in 2004.
Posted on Aug 2, 2011 6:00:00 AM