During last night’s episode of The Amazing Race, host Phil Keoghan delivered some exciting news to Canadian viewers – that Canada would be getting its own version of The Amazing Race on CTV in 2013! The biggest difference between the US version and the Canadian version is that the Canadian version will only be within the borders of Canada – so you won’t need a passport. Other countries outside the US that have their own version include Asia, Australia, Brazil, China, France, Israel, Latin America, Norway, Philippines, Ukraine and Vietnam. The following is CTV’s description of the series:

“THE AMAZING RACE CANADA will provide a uniquely Canadian take on the original series, with competitors discovering the world within the borders of Canada. Though the series’ specific destinations won’t be revealed until it airs, Canada offers divergent topography and disparate locales that are bound to add to the excitement and complexity of the show and its challenges, from Vancouver Island’s tropical rainforest, Alberta’s parched Badlands, the peaks of the Rockies, and the barren tundra of the Great White North, to the Boreal forests of Ontario and Quebec, the sea-faring ports of the Maritimes, the fjords of Newfoundland, and the teeming metropolises and undiscovered towns in between.”

At first I thought the idea of The Amazing Race taking place only within Canada was really lame, but after giving it some thought, we are the second largest country in the world and there is a lot that can be discovered within this vast and complex landscape.

The Amazing Race Canada is a big show for a big network,” said Phil King, President, CTV Programming and Sports in a press release. “Canadians deserve their own summer version, distinct from what is seen in fall and winter. With the incredible diversity, scope, beauty, and sheer land mass that Canada has to offer, The Amazing Race Canada will explore the world within Canada. It’s a perfect extension to an incredible brand, and a huge opportunity for racers, viewers, and advertisers.”

Added van Munster, “Canadians have embraced the franchise for over a decade, and also
have been wildly enthusiastic about having a version produced in Canada. With the world’s second largest country as its backdrop, The Amazing Race Canada will offer a unique glimpse of the broad and diverse Canadian landscape and culture, while maintaining all of the excitement, spontaneity and challenge inherent in ‘The Race.’”

Insight Productions will be producing the series. This is the same company that is also doing Big Brother Canada. So far, very few other details have been released. The host, prize, audition dates, shooting dates, and number of teams competing have yet to be announced. My guess is that the prize will be $100,000, just as it is for Big Brother Canada.