Adventures in Rainbow Country

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Adventures in Rainbow Country
Created by William Davidson
Starring Susan Conway
Stephen Cottier
Wally Koster
Lois Maxwell
Albert Millaire
Buckley Petawabano
Country of origin Canada
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 26
Producer(s) Ralph C. Ellis- Manitou Productions
Running time 30 min (time slot)
Original network CBC
Original release 20 September 1970 – 28 March 1971

Adventures in Rainbow Country was a Canadian television series, which aired on CBC Television in 1970 and 1971. Reruns were later shown on the American children's cable channel Nickelodeon during the early 1980s.

A half hour family drama, the show starred Lois Maxwell (of James Bond fame) as Nancy Williams, a widow raising her children Billy (Stephen Cottier) and Hannah (Susan Conway) in rural Northern Ontario. Other characters included Billy's Ojibwa friend Pete Gawa (Buckley Petawabano), photographer/journalist Roger Lemieux (Albert Millaire), tugboat skipper Dougal MacGregor (Alan Mills), and bush pilot Dennis McGubgub (Wally Koster).


The show was filmed in 1969 around Whitefish Falls, which is near Espanola, Ontario, Canada. Many scenes were also shot at Birch Island and on Manitoulin Island.

Production and broadcasts[edit]

The show was very popular in Canada and technically never cancelled or axed. No further episodes were produced after the first season. There were 26 episodes produced in total.

It has continued to air in repeats, both in Canada and internationally — in Canada, the show had been seen on DejaView, on Silver Screen Classics, in Australia the series is screened on GEM.[1]

Guest appearances[edit]

Actors who made appearances on the show included Gordon Pinsent, Margot Kidder, Len Birman, Percy Rodrigues, Duke Redbird, Jean-Louis Roux, Murray Westgate, Anthony Kramreither and Eric Christmas.


  1. La Chute (20 September 1970)
  2. The Tower (27 September 1970)
  3. The Frank Williams' File (4 October 1970)
  4. Skydiver (11 October 1970)
  5. The Boy from Spanish Harlem (18 October 1970)
  6. Panic in the Bush (25 October 1970)
  7. Long Tough Race (1 November 1970)
  8. The Town That Died (8 November 1970)
  9. The Eye of the Needle (15 November 1970)
  10. Girl on a Tightrope (22 November 1970)
  11. The Return of Eli Roqcue (29 November 1970)
  12. Roar of the Hornet (6 December 1970)
  13. Lac du Diable (13 December 1970)
  14. The Muskies Are Losing Their Teeth (20 December 1970)
  15. Milk Run (27 December 1970)
  16. A Wall of Silence (3 January 1971)
  17. Where the Rice Grows Wild (10 January 1971)
  18. Bird Watchers (17 January 1971)
  19. The Boy Who Loved Animals (24 January 1971)
  20. Mystery at Whaleback Bay (31 January 1971)
  21. Night Caller (7 February 1971)
  22. Lake on Blue Mountain (14 February 1971)
  23. Stolen Tugboat (7 March 1971)
  24. The Hermit (14 March 1971)
  25. Pursuit Along the Aux Sauble (21 March 1971)
  26. Dreamer's Rock (28 March 1971)


The Sudbury and Manitoulin Districts are to this day known as the Rainbow Country tourist region, as a result of this series.[2]

A cast, crew and fan reunion event took place in Whitefish Falls from 11 to 14 August 2006.[3]


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