Heartland season 12 filming has begun

Ever since it was announced that there will, indeed, be a Heartland season 12 we have been patiently waiting for filming to begin to see pictures from the set and learn a little more about the upcoming Heartland season. And the wait is finally over because we can happily announce that Heartland season 12 filming has begun. As reported by Heartland’s official Twitter account and blog:

What does it mean for us, the show’s fans? Well, since the filming of Heartland season 12 is underway, we are not only one step closer to actually seeing the new season on our TV screens. But we can also look forward to production tweets, pictures and new tidbits about the twelfth season of Heartland. Because every year the Blog Whisperer does an amazing job at both writing a Heartland-related blog post each and every Thursday. And tweeting images and news from the Heartland set. Which gives us more insight into what we are going to see once the new season premiers this fall.

What do we know about the Heartland season 12 filming process?

When it comes to the Heartland season 12 filming process, currently we can offer a bit of insight into the Heartland season 12 filming locations. To make filming more efficient, Heartland is filmed in blocks of two episodes over 15 days. Which is also why the episode directors in most cases direct two episodes at a time. And since Heartland is primarily filmed in four locations (a ranch in Meanwhile serves as the ranch set, the town of High River becomes Hudson and is used for scenes in and near Maggie’s Diner, a dude ranch near the ranch becomes Lou’s dude ranch and mostly all interior scenes are done in a studio in Calgary) the production is also split into parts to accommodate the multiple filming locales.

This season the filming of the first block of Heartland season 12 begun on the ranch set. With the show’s producer Dean Bennett welcoming all the cast and crew members back. As you can see in the tweet below.

After all the necessary shots on and near that set will have been completed, the Heartland season 12 filming will move to the Calgary studio. Where the crew is hard at work building all the necessary sets.

What do we know about Heartland season 12?

And when it comes to Heartland season 12 as a whole, there also are a few things that we know thanks to Heartland’s official social media accounts, cast’s social media, and the official Heartland blog.

Firstly, we do know that the 12th season of Heartland will consist of 11 episodes. And that the season will premiere in the winter. January 6, 2019, to be more exact. And yes, as unfortunate as it is that there will be 7 fewer episodes of Heartland this season (all the previous seasons except the first one had 18 episodes), it also means that there will be fewer breaks between the episodes. Because if the majority of previous seasons aired their mid-season finales in early December and then came back at the beginning of January. Then it looks like this season we might get to skip that break and watch all the 11 episodes on near consecutive Sundays at 7 pm.

Secondly, we also know that the first and second episodes of Heartland season 12 are written by the series showrunner Heather Conkie. Directed by Heartland’s own Chris Potter, who plays Tim on the show. And that the first episode is called “Dare to Dream”, while the title of the second episode is “Hearts Run Free”.

And thirdly, it looks like this season we are getting a new character. Because just today a casting call went out for a six to nine-year-old Caucasian girl, Alberta native, with blue eyes and blond hair. The role is listed as recurring. And the character description mentions that the new character will be a nosey little girl who is opinionated and isn’t afraid to speak her mind. Sounds a bit like Mallory don’t you think? It will be interesting to see where this new character will fit in with the rest of the Heartland crew.

So there you have it, a few things about the new Heartland season as filming of it begins. Are you sad to learn that there will only be 11 episodes this season? Or maybe excited about the new character? Let me know below! As a fellow Heartland fan, I always love to hear your thoughts. So don’t be shy! And until next Heartland-related article.


  1. The Up Chanell in The US is not getting the new season . They keep showing all the old seasons starting with 2007. They show 2018 on Saturdays. They keep saying on the web page that seaaon 12 Started in Jan. 2019, But not so in the US on the UP Chanell.

    1. Right now I’m hearing that Heartland season 12 will be coming to UP Faith & Family this summer, July to be exact.

  2. u r correct have since discovered these are both scenes from season 11 thanks!
    (that’s the drawback of being a US viewer; we are always lagging behind)

  3. re season12: i just saw spoiler alert video and still picture on another site (youtube, i think). video is “amy” looking numb, tearing up and flashback memories of her and ty’s memorable moments: first kiss first dance wedding lyndy’s birth with narrative in “grandpa’s” voice: ” follow your heart home” ( ?) the still pic is family riding their saddled horses amy/spartan lou/venus jack/buddy tim/champ georgie/phoenix and tim leading a bareback horse with no rider………Harley!
    these are very disconcerting….the video could be misleading as mitch’s truck , a man’s arm n georgie can be seen soooo ….however the horse with no rider only shows up at funerals and memorial rides so seems omenous. the only thing/symbol missing is Ghost (but they kinda messed that up when they wrote georgie interacting with him). lets all hope the video and picture don’t mean what they seem to mean.

    1. I think you might be reading too much into the video, DJ. It probably was just a promotional video highlighting past seasons’ most emotional moments to make us remember what Heartland is all about and to make us want to tune in once season 12 arrives in January.

  4. Love that this series provided us with 18 episodes per season in the past. 11 does seem too short. Just hope this show does continue for seasons to come. Great show with good story lines.

  5. Heartland is the greatest family show on TV. I got my boss’s thirteen year old daughter interested in it last year and both her dad and she love it. I’m sad that it will only be eleven episodes but this new character sounds very interesting

    1. That’s amazing, Richie. And I am sure the Heartland writers will make the most of those 11 episodes.

  6. Heartland is a Great show, I hate to think that it will end.love the cast.

  7. I LOVE all the informative articles and I also love the blog. The show has a fabulous presence on Social Media and it is always such a treat to see the photos of the filming. SO much goes into it! Fascinating!!

    I listened to Dean Bennett’s podcast this morning too. Excellent. There is no denying it…. I am a Heartland junkie in the best possible way.

  8. What is the reason for only 11 episodes in season 12 are we gradly going down in episodes because it is coming to the end of Heartland. So many fans will be very dissappointed. If the new addition becomes another Mallory will receive her with open arms miss Mallory

    1. Not sure about the reason, and since nothing has been confirmed yet, we can still hope that there will be season 13, 14 and beyond. Miss Mallory too!

  9. I felt like 18 episodes was too short but 11 makes me wonder if this could be the last. I sure hope not but would understand.

  10. I cannot wait for the new season. It is sad that there is only 11 episodes. Alot of people are saying this is the last season. Hope they make a movie for this season to make it a little longer. And I hope it’s not the last season.

    1. Until we have confirmation that this is the last season let’s assume that it’s not because Heartland is too good of a show to end with 12 seasons.

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