Location: Rouleau, Saskatchewan, Canada
Address: 1st Ave. & Weckman Drive
Date: Oct 2014
You think there's not a lot goin' on? Unfortunately, there seems to be even less with each passing year. As fans of the television show Corner Gas, we are glad that we paid a visit to the town of Rouleau, Saskatchewan when we did. The show aired from 2004 to 2009 and was very popular all across Canada. In the summer of 2014 they filmed Corner Gas: The Movie in Rouleau. We arrived in the fall of 2014 after filming of the movie had finished and before the movie was released.
Many of Rouleau's actual buildings were used for the filming of Corner Gas and make up the fictional town of Dog River. Just one month before we arrived, the building that was used as the "FOO MAR T" (that's FOOD MARKET with a few letters missing) burnt down. You can see the damage in the photo above.
The FOO MAR T isn't the only building that no longer stands in Rouleau. On November 4th 2016 the long standing set from Corner Gas was torn down. This building was erected specifically for filming of the show. It consisted of the gas station that was run by Brent Leroy (Brent Butt) and the Ruby Cafe that was run by Lacey (Gabrielle Miller). When we visited, the main signs and embellishments had been taken down and all the windows were boarded up.
You could see from the back that this building was never intended for longevity.
The gas station scenes were filmed on location. You can often see vehicles heading down the road in the background while Brent, Wanda and Hank are having discussions in front of the cash register. Brent is the owner of Corner Gas and Wanda (Nancy Robertson) works there, or tries not to. Hank (Fred Ewanuick) just always seems to be hanging around. Thankfully, there is an actual gas station in town just in case the set fooled a driver into pulling off of the highway.
When the residents of Dog River are not at Corner Gas they seem to spend all of their time inside the Ruby Cafe. The show's success comes from its writing. The characters are all likeable and their banter back and forth is hilarious. As the theme song, by Craig Northey of Canadian band The Odds, says
"And that's why you can stay so long where there's not a lot goin' on."
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Corner Gas Set , FOO MAR T
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