The Forest Rangers

CBC (ended 1966)





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  • The Forest Rangers was a children's adventure tv series set in Ontario's north. The show was the first Canadian show ever shot in colour in 1963 and was seen in over 40 countries world-wide. The fan site is located at

    Fire Fighting, Guides Provided, Fishing Trips, Animals Trained, Rescue Work Undertaken, Main Depot of the Indian River Junior Forest Rangers. Does this ring a bell? What Canadian kid growing up in the 1960's or 1970's could forget the immensely popular television series The Forest Rangers or the opening melodic theme. This ever-whistleable musical piece met the colourful backdrop of wilderness scenes set in Ontario's Great Outdoors. Here, a group of kids- Junior Forest Rangers- live, work and play in a large Hudson's Bay fort, while their older and wiser friends from the village of Indian River look on. (Indian River lies on the south-east side of Algonquin Park, north-east of Barry's Bay, with a population of 317). The junior rangers were the envy of many kids the world over for they came complete with a fort, ham radios, walkie-talkies, horses, ranger t-shirts, a Smokey the Bear flag and most of all-- "ADVENTURE!!" The rangers usually manage to become heroes by putting out forest fires, rescuing people and thwarting villains with the aid of an RCMP officer named Sergeant Brian Scott (legendary Canadian actor Gordon Pinsent), the Indian River "Department of Lands and Forests" Chief Forest Ranger, George Keeley (Graydon Gould), and the local Metis-Ojibway guide, Joe Two Rivers (Michael Zenon). The Junior Forest Rangers live in a "Never-never land, unmarred by schools or parents, in which the only rules are the rules of conservation." Though the kids always manage to get involved in trouble, there is little violence involved; mainly just threats from wayward adults who put themselves in danger because they didn't heed the advice of the Chief Ranger. In the end, the wrong-doers are usually brought back to the the Chief Ranger's (Department of Lands and Forests) office and scolded, but are rarely handed over to the law.
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