Although Almonte only has a population of 5,000 people, it is known as “Little Hollywood North”. This enduring small town is tucked away along the banks of the Mississippi River just forty minutes outside the heart of Ottawa. Almonte is a very popular destination for filmmakers and movie fans alike.
This quaint town boasts an abundance of charm: from historical architecture to beautiful landscapes. The visually appealing setting creates a perfect backdrop for romantic scenes. The Metcalfe Geoheritage riverfront park serves as an ideal canvas and movie set. Almonte exudes a special kind of beauty in every season of the year.
Robert Lantos, a prominent Hungarian-Canadian film producer, is a key component of Almonte’s Hollywood connection. Lantos has used the town for several successful productions, and has claimed it as a ‘secret weapon’. Many after him have drawn splendid comparisons of Almonte to the glamour of Hollywood, due to its unique blend of historic and modern charm.
Notable films shot in the town include “The Outside Chance of Maximilian Glick” (1988), “32 Short Films About Glenn Gould” (1993), “Where the Truth Lies” (2005), and “A Chance for Christmas” (2021). These films showcase Almonte’s versatility, with the town seamlessly transforming to suit different eras and storylines.Almonte’s takes great pride in their rich heritage, and their commitment to heritage conservation. This has in-effect made the vibrant small town a living authentic museum which filmmakers take advantage of to transport viewers through different periods of time and history. The alluring streets, shops and cafes all add to the picturesque charm and character of the town.
The Almonte population has played a welcoming and pivotal role in fostering positive relationships with a variety of filmmakers. Locals of the town love to participate and be an active part of the filmmaking process. Almonte’s sense of community has contributed to the town’s appeal when it comes to attracting producers and artists.
At the end of the day, Almonte’s designation as “Little Hollywood North” is a testament to it’s famed buildings, historical upkeep and waterfront beauty. Almonte has been a sought after destination by renowned Canadian film-makers for years and is only growing further in popularity. As Almonte continues to showcase its versatility on the big screen, it stands not only as a cinematic backdrop but as a statement to the enchanting allure of a small town that has carved its niche in the world of filmmaking, earning its well-deserved title.