It should come as no surprise to learn that Calgary and its surrounding area has been the location for various Western movies and TV shows over the years, as its wild and rugged landscape is the perfect accompanying backdrop. But numerous other films and series have been filmed around Calgary. So, if you want to follow in the footsteps of stars, here are the locations of major productions that you can visit.
War for the Planet of the Apes
The third and final film in the Planet of the Apes reboot series was mostly filmed in British Columbia. But when beautiful sweeping mountainous backdrops were needed, the film crew naturally headed to the Rockies around Calgary. Those of you who know the landscape like the back of your hands will be able to spot Fortress Mountain in the background of several scenes.
Based on the Coen Brothers’ classic film of the same name, the Noah Hawley television series was filmed in and around Calgary over all of the show’s three seasons, standing in for the settings of Minnesota, and North and South Dakota. In the pilot episode of Fargo, you can spot places like Inglewood Pizza.
Canada and hockey go hand in hand, so any Canadian will surely love the 1999 comedy-drama movie Mystery, Alaska, in which a small-town hockey team from the fictional Mystery plays an exhibition game against the NHL’s New York Rangers. Starring Russel Crowe and Hank Azaria, Mystery, Alaska was filmed in Banff National Park, and in a film set-town constructed by Canmore. If you are itching to play hockey yourself after watching Mystery, Alaska, you will find a variety of thrilling ice hockey video games to play online. There is even a superb hockey slot game called Break Away, which is available at this online casino in Canada.
The Young and Prodigious T. S. Spivet
Jean-Pierre Jeunet, the director of classics like Delicatessen and Amélie, directed this 2013 Franco-Canadian drama film. It follows a 10-year-old scientist who leaves his family’s Montana ranch to travel across the country on a freight train to receive an award from the Smithsonian Institute. Although the film is largely set in Montana, its filming locations include Lethbridge, Pincher Creek, Longview, Fort Macleod and Calgary.
Even though there have been several Superman movies over the last decade, you still can’t beat the original Christopher Reeve Superman films. Calgary’s East Village was used as a filming location in the first 1978 feature film. You will be able to see familiar Calgary places such as the famed St. Louis Hotel. And other parts of Metro Calgary were used as locations in both Superman II and Superman III.
As the world hotly anticipates the new Christopher Nolan movie Tenet, it is a good time to check out one of his previous masterpieces, Inception. The 2010 science fiction film from the Dark Knight Trilogy director stars Leonardo DiCaprio as a thief who steals information via infiltrating his targets’ subconsciousness. As he moves through various levels of reality, it is a challenge for the audience to keep up. The dream-within-a-dream third-level of this mind-bending film was shot in Calgary around Fortress Mountain.
Game of Thrones
The phenomenal fantasy drama series Game of Thrones was filmed at various locations around the world, including Calgary. Firstly, the direwolf Ghost was actually an Albertan wolf called Quigley. Some of his scenes were shot at local sound stages in Calgary. Secondly, in season seven of Game of Thrones, several scenes featuring the character Arya Stark and wolves were filmed in beautiful Banff.
The winner of numerous awards and accolades, Brokeback Mountain, tells the complex story of the forbidden romantic relationship between two cowboys. Directed by legendary filmmaker Ang Lee and based on a short story of the same name by Annie Proulx, the film star Jake Gyllenhaal and the late Heath Ledger in the lead roles. While the movie is set in Wyoming, it was filmed almost entirely in the Rockies of Calgary and the Calgary Metropolitan Area. Eagle-eyed locals will be able to spot many familiar places, such as the famous Ranchman’s Cookhouse and Dancehall.