Make your way to Canadian destinations to relive your favourite scenes from these 10 blockbuster hits!
You don’t need to be a movie buff to understand that most movies deceive their viewers on where they are filmed. Much like their starring actors, the location of their sets play a role too. In fact, some of Hollywood’s most iconic hits have been shot in locations that differs from their story setting and many of those were shot right here in Canada.
Ready to explore Hollywood North? Check out these 10 blockbuster movies that were filmed in Canada, then head out to relive your favourite scenes with this helpful guide.
Just in time for the release of IT Chapter 2, the adaption of Stephen King’s classic horror novel, you could try heading for the town of Derry, Maine, but it’s entirely fictional and was actually filmed in Ontario. During filming you can visit the iconic haunted house in Oshawa, just east of Toronto. The eerie mansion sits at the corner of James Street and Eulalie Avenue. Keep heading east to Port Hope, where a number of businesses on Walton and Queen streets staged their signage to look like a small town in the 80s, creating the town of Derry.
The Yonge Street corridor does not shy away from the big screen, making its appearances in many Hollywood blockbusters including Suicide Squad. You can spot the corner of Yonge and Gerrard early in the film in a flashback as the Batmobile chases Joker and Harley Quinn through Midway City. Attentive viewers will recognize Zanzibar and the Elephant & Castles as the vehicles zoom by. Later in the movie a fight ensues at Yonge and Wellesley near their helicopter wreckage. And who can forget Harley Quinn smashing a window of the Eaton Centre to steal a purse?
Set in 1920’s Chicago, this popular musical starring Renee Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Richard Gere that won the 2003 Oscar for best picture should truly be named Toronto! Roxie’s club audition is filmed at Danforth Music Hall and her performance at the Chicago Theatre was shot at the Elgin Theatre. The infamous Toronto Distillery District is used for the set of the prison exteriors and the Ontario Legislature Building in Queen’s park as the steps for the press conference.
The Twighlight Saga
Vampires or Werewolves? More like Washington or British Columbia. Though set in Forks, Washington many of the scenes from the films based on the popular young adult series were actually shot in Canada’s western province of B.C. You’ll find Forks High School actually is David Thompson High School in Vancouver, the Cullen House in West Vancouver (find the perfect view of the property on Deep Dene Road), and Jacob and Billy Black’s LaPush residence in Coquitlam, B.C.
Though set in Wyoming, Brokeback Mountain was actually filmed in Alberta, using the sprawling Rocky Mountains as their backdrop. The turquoise lakes and mountain ranges creates a beautiful picture and sets the stage for the love story between the two cowboys. The bar scene where Jack (Jake Gyllenhaal) and Lureen (Anne Hathaway) get together was shot at Ranchman’s in Calgary.
Toronto’s Distillery District makes an appearance again in the opening scene of X-Men, to create a look of industrial, 1940s Poland. Interested in visiting Professor Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters? Head to Casa Loma (Downtown Toronto) for the mid-century Gothic interior, while the Parkwood Estate (near Oshawa, Ontario) was used to film the exterior.
This cult classic set in New York City was shot almost exclusively in Toronto. Patrick Bateman’s (played by Christian Bale) office of ‘Pierce & Pierce’ is located in the TD Bank Tower. Dance club scenes were shot at the Phoenix Concert Theatre and his shoot-out with police was captured on Pearl Street between Simcoe and Duncan.
Catch Me if you Can
No need to fly to Paris to witness the where location Frank Abagnale, Jr. (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) finally comes to his fate. After all, the French scenes in Catch Me if you Can were all shot in Quebec. Frank’s arrest scene is filmed at Place Royale, Quebec City, with Notre Dame des Victoires in the background of the scene.
Hot Tub Time Machine
The fictional ski resort set “Kodiak Valley” in the hilarious comedy Hot Tub Time Machine was actually filmed in Fernie, B.C. at the real Fernie Alpine resort. The scenic location and dated main strip made for the perfect set to film the characters “back in time.” Grab a drink at the Brickhouse bar which played host to the party scenes from the movie.
Though the story takes place in Akron, Ohio, Room was filmed in a number of locations in and around the GTA. Apache Burger, in Etobicoke Ontario, makes a notable appearance as Joy (Brie Larson) and her son Jack are seen enjoying burgers in the movie at a fast food joint. Looking to recreate the scene? Order a burger – you won’t be disappointed!