Series from the late '90s and early '00s are just fond memories from our past since most no longer air on TV. There are quite a few shows that Canadian children grew up watching and enjoying. But you probably didn't realize that these childhood TV shows were filmed in Canada and some even starred famous actors.

Are You Afraid Of The Dark? (1990-2000)

The drama fantasy series ran for a decade and centred on a group of children who gathered and told fun ghost stories. IMDb notes that filming locations span all over Canada including Vancouver, Richmond, Quebec, Montreal, and Windsor. If you're really missing the show, full episodes are available on the official YouTube channel

The Big Comfy Couch (1992-2007)

It might surprise you that this feel-good show was on TV screens until the mid-2000s. The characters we knew including Loonette the clown, Dolly Molly, Granny Garbanzo, and Major Bedhead were produced by Canadian production companies Owl Television and Radical Sheep Productions as reported by IMDb.

Mr. Dressup (1967-1996)

The decades-long family series was part of CBC and starred Canadian entertainer Ernie Coombs as Mr. Dressup. The filming location where he and his puppets used to hang out was at "Studio 65, The Canadian Broadcasting Centre, 250 Front Street West" in downtown Toronto according to IMDb.

Franklin (1997-2004)

The bright green turtle that you knew for almost a decade was actually voiced by Schitt's Creek star Noah Reid! The actor was born and raised in Toronto and IMDb notes that it was also the series' filming location. 

Babar (1989-2002)

This animated comedy revolved around a group of elephants and their adventures with family and friends. The main filming location listed by IMDb is in Toronto with New York City included as well.

Monster By Mistake (1996-2003)

The animated comedy was about a young boy who gets mixed up with a curse that makes him turn into a big blue monster every time he sneezed. The production companies on IMDb include Eggplant Picture & Sound located in downtown Toronto and the Canadian media company, Alliance Atlantic Communications.

Goosebumps (1995-1998)

The horror series based on children's books written by R.L. Stine truly did give us goosebumps. Filming locations on IMDb are Ontario, Canada, and Toronto. Ryan Gosling even appeared in a 1996 episode as Greg Banks.

Angela Anaconda (1999-2002)

One of the most unique forms of animations appeared in this early 2000s series following the adventures of Angela and her friends. The show was produced by five companies including C.O.R.E Digital Pictures, Decode Entertainment, and Teletoon which are all Canadian owned.

Life With Derek (2005-2009)

The step-siblings you grew up watching in the mid-2000s were only on air for four years. Filming locations were in Toronto and Corner Brook, Newfoundland.

Fans thought there was a questionable relationship between the stepbrother and sister that was recently brought up on Twitter with an old clip that went viral. The show's stars Michael Seater and Ashley Leggat even responded and apparently they ship Derek and Casey.

Naturally, Sadie (2005-2007)

Another classic Family Channel show starred Charlotte Arnold as Sadie Hawthorne, a young girl with a big interest in animals and nature. The comedy was filmed in Toronto as noted by IMDb and ran for three seasons in the mid-2000s.

Darcy's Wild Life (2004-2006)

Sara Paxton played the main character Darcy Fields who left her big city life to live in the countryside. IMDb listed that it was also filmed in Toronto.

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