The Movie Years

A Nostalgic Remembrance of Canada's Film-making Capital Trenton, Ontario

ISBN 092134130X - limited quantities available from the author. Please contact Peggy through the Feedback page

Where in Canada's history of filmmaking does the Trenton story fit? The very first films made in Canada were produced at the turn of the 20th century and were designed to attract British immigration to Canada.

In 1913 Canada's first known feature film, "Evangeline," was produced in Nova Scotia by the Canadian Bioscope Company of Halifax. That same year the British-American Film Company of Montreal produced "The Battle of Long Sault."

About the time of the First World War Canada's film making industry began to take off. Canadian newsreels were shown publicly, the production of feature films flourished and the Ontario government established its motion picture bureau.

It was in 1917 that a movie studio was opened at Trenton. It's significance lies in the fact that it was the only Canadian studio to continue in active service for more that just a year or two.

The Canadian National Archives, located at has more information on the Canadian Film industry.


"One wonders what life in Trenton, Ontario might have been like today had predictions made in the early part of this century come true. For Trenton was to be the "Hollywood of the North."

Very little remains now of her brief venture into the world of film-making, It lasted only `7 years, from 1917 to 1934. The street where the film studio stood is still called Film Street, but the rest has passed into history, preserved only in the memories f the few still living who can recall those colourful years."

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