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The Canadian Western, or "Northern", is The Western IN CANADA!, with a few characteristic differences. There tends to be more snow in Canada than in the western United States.

Furthermore, then there's the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, always dressed in the famous Red Serge uniform, who always get their man (or so they're supposed to do), if it doesn't have Mounties, it's not a Canadian Western. In a way, the Mountie represents a transition phase in the idea of the frontier lawman: he's often isolated out in the field, but he is part of a larger formal organization with the central headquarters located all the way back in Canada's urban national capital in Ottawa, Ontario and will occasionally make the trip there on administrative business and vice versa.

There will also nearly always be a Remittance Man.


Now, almost a Dead Horse Trope, as the Canadian western all but disappeared when the traditional western faded in popularity in the 1960's.


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     Comic Books  
  • King of the Royal Mounted Lead character is a mountie who always catches his man.
  • Lucky Luke has "Les Daltons dans le blizzard", where they flee to Canada. Contains this immortal line by Joe on seeing a Mountie: "Hooray, a policeman!".

     Film (Animated)  

     Film (Live-Action)  

  • Many of the crime/horror novels by Michael Slade have elements of the Canadian Western. They feature a Mountie crime-fighting unit (Special X), discuss the history of the Mounties' patrols in the Canadian West and the Yukon, and include many other elements of the Western.

     Live Action TV  
  • The Canadian TV series Bordertown is set in a town that straddles the US/Canadian border somewhere in Saskatchewan. The border goes through the middle of the law enforcement office, with a straitlaced corporal in the Northwest Mounted Police having his desk on the north side, and a rough-and-ready U.S. Marshal having his on the south side.
  • When Calls the Heart is set in a town in the Canadian northwest (likely Alberta). Mounties, coal miners, outlaws, and schoolmarms drive the show's many plots.
  • Due South is this for part of the pilot, before Fraser ends up in Chicago.

  • Sergeant Preston of the Yukon and his sled dog/ally Yukon King. Also a TV series in the 1950s.

     Tabletop Games  
  • The Great Weird North is the Canadian sourcebook for Deadlands, expanding the Weird West setting into Canada and allowing PCs to be Mounties, trappers and other typically Canadian archetypes.

  • The musical Rose-Marie. There are three film versions, all including considerable changes.

     Western Animation  


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