Vikings’ Canadian Connection

Vikings’ Canadian Connection

Vikings may be an epic show set in England and France (among others), but did you know it has some serious Canadian ties as well? Not only is the Vikings show a collaborative effort between Canadian-Irish production teams, but it has quite a few other Canadian tidbits up its sleeve. We decided to share them with you, and celebrate the amazing Canadian talent that this show brings to our screens.

It has plenty of Canadian cast members
Did you know that Alexander Ludwig (Bjorn), Katheryn Winnick (Lagertha), and Jessalyn Gilsig (Siggy) are all Canadian? And those are just some of the cast that have Canadian roots. Among other northerners are Donal Logue (King Horik), Kevin Durand (Harbard) and Lothaire Bluteau (King Charles). Vikings is also home to many Canadians working behind the camera, including Show Producers, Directors and Crew Members. It’s nice to know that there’s a Canadian presence on such a phenomenal show!

Alexander filmed scenes in Sault St. Marie
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When Bjorn left the comforts of his village behind to prove to himself and Ragnar that he could survive, he went to a brutal landscape to do it. The Vikings crew obviously needed somewhere that would have no mercy on Bjorn, and what better place than the winter setting of Sault St. Marie? Scenes from Season 4 were shot in Ontario before production officially began in Ireland for that season. The actor playing Bjorn, Alexander Ludwig, would have had some harsh temperatures (-20 celsius to be exact, as Ludwig posted on Instagram) for filming with no clothes on, as he did.

Josh Donaldson guest starred on the show
Canada’s team had its own representative on Vikings, with their third baseman and MVP Josh Donaldson having a guest role. The Toronto Blue Jays’ “Bringer of Rain” brought a lot of buzz to the show, and his scenes were really fun to watch. Be sure to check out the behind the scenes footage of Donaldson on the show and with the cast!

Clive Standen moved to Toronto
The actor who plays Rollo on Vikings, Clive Standen, decided to relocate and make Toronto his home. He was even invited by Josh Donaldson to participate in batting practice with the rest of the Toronto Blue Jays! How cool is that? Clive moved his entire family to Toronto, and has said that the city is easy to fall in love with. He may not have been born in Canada, but we think he’s an honorary Canadian nonetheless.

With fantastic battle scenes that seem worlds away, it’s always fun to find just how close our favourite shows hits home.  If you want to stay up to date with Vikings, make sure you’re signed up for the Vikings Insider newsletter! It’s full of exclusive content –  all gearing up for season 5!