Is the Comox Valley ready for reality television?
Local fitness entrepreneur Marc St. Jules thinks so, and he plans to stage Survival of the Fittest Canada 2015 to prove it.
“The Comox Valley has often been named the recreation capital of Canada. A true four-season paradise with crystal-clear lakes, pristine rivers, the Pacific Ocean, snow-capped mountains and sandy beaches allowing for any and all fitness adventures you can think of,” St. Jules says.
“It’s been (my) dream to showcase all the gems we’re naturally blessed with here in the Comox Valley. After two years of stick handling, (I’ve) been given the green light to launch what many believe will be the number one watched reality TV show of 2015,” St. Jules said.
“When you take 12 women and add fitness, adventure, travel, recreation, drama, suspense, humour, sex, pranks, motivation, inspiration, education and bottle it up with the Comox Valley as your backdrop and include Go Pro scenes from Bikram Yoga, Wild Play Zip Line Tours, go-cart racing, archery, bowling, paintball, paddleboarding, pole classes, fitness challenges, intense workouts, glam nights, spa days…then add in snowmobiles, Seadoos, side by sides, Zodiacs, hunting, fishing and camping, plus solo and team challenges along with special guests, we’re betting the farm that you will become a regular viewer,” St. Jules said.
“My background in fitness and manufacturing fitness equipment has granted me many opportunities,” St. Jules said. “I have been fortunate to have made some great connections and formed deep relationships with people in professional sports, film and television.”
St. Jules worked with many big name stars while running his training company out of the Sutton Place Hotel in downtown Vancouver in the late ’90s.
“I was approached to work with my boyhood hero Arnold Schwarzenegger on the movie 6th Day which was shot in Vancouver, I’ve had my equipment featured on the Biggest Loser and have worked with some of their cast and crew.
“Tommy Europe, long-time friend and host of the Last 10 Pounds and Bulging Bride, History Channels, Biker Battleground Len Edmondston are also long-time friends and have been involved with some events that I have spearheaded including the UFC Vancouver Parties.”
Add in HBO’s Game of Thrones, UFC Reality TV Show and Silvio Pollio, three-time movie producer/director and New York Film Festival Winner who has come over a few times to talk and visit with St. Jules to his deep and experienced contact list.
“We’ve often joked that we could produce a hit show on dog walkers of the Comox Valley,” laughs St. Jules. “It’s so incredibly beautiful here and people live vicariously through reality television. I’m guilty of drifting off myself on a gloomy day and look at one of my travel books to become instantly restored,” says St. Jules.
St. Jules said he has talked to several local business and outfitters who are excited to be involved and showcased on the show. “We expect real estate and tourism to go way up as a direct result of the show,” he says. “I can’t express how excited I am to blend all my passions under one umbrella right here in my hometown and include friends, clients and local businesses.”
Plans call for the show to be shot in 12 different countries, with the winners converging in the Comox Valley for a final showdown.
If you think you have what it takes to be on the show, email
firstname.lastname@example.org for an audition package. Casting will be wrapped up by mid January and filming will commence Feb. 8 and end March 21, 2015.
There will be an information night at the Cave Fitness in Comox on Wednesday, Dec. 17 at 8 p.m. Cost to attend will be $20 at the door.