11 Iconic TV Shows and Movies You Probably Didn’t Know Were Filmed in Alberta

Alberta has been buzzing with film crews over the past few years with massive productions including The last of us and Under the banner of heaven all using the province as a backdrop.

But even before the filming boom, a ton of iconic films were produced in Alberta and there are probably several you didn’t even know were filmed right outside your door.

The next time you road trip Alberta, be sure to research the filming locations of some of these famous movies.

The ghost

The ghost might be best known as the film that ultimately won Leonardo DiCaprio an Oscar, but it was also shot in Kananaskis Country, Canmore and Drumheller, according to IMDb.

The film, which is set in 1823 Montana and South Dakota in the United States, also used Fortress Mountain as the backdrop for an impressive avalanche scene.

Brokeback Mountain

While set in Wyoming, Alberta was the backdrop for the 2005 romance starring Jake Gyllenhaal and the late Heath Ledger. It was widely shot in Kananaskis Countrybut cities like Calgary, Fort Macleod and Lacombe were also featured as well as the small towns of Seebe, Cowley, Crossfield and Irricana.

game of thrones

You will probably be surprised to know that before The The last of us filming was spotted across the province, game of thrones also used Alberta for some of his filming.

Although it is less obvious which locations were used, a wolf called Quigley from Instinctive animals for the cinema – an Alberta company – was hired to play John Snow’s big wolf Ghost.

Jumanji: the next level

In addition to Hawaii, Georgia and California, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and his co-stars traveled to Alberta to shoot part of the latest Jumanji film. The scenes took place mainly on the snow-capped peaks of Fortress Mountain.


The filming of Inception took its actors around the world, including Paris, London and California, as well as Alberta. In a Posting on Twitterone of the film’s stars, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, showed where the film’s famous Snow Fortress was filmed, and it was actually the Fortress Ski Resort.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife

The last in the ghost hunters The series – starring Paul Rudd and Finn Wolfhard – was filmed across the province from Turner Valley, Calgary, Beiseker, Fort McLeod, Dorothy and Drumheller. If you take a road trip in southern Alberta, there are plenty of filming locations you can visit.

Cool races

This iconic ’90s hit uses Calgary as the backdrop for much of its filming, which makes sense as it’s based on the true story that led Jamaica’s first bobsled team to compete in the Winter Olympics. of 1988 in Calgary.

You will be able to spot YYC International Airport and WinSport throughout.

Let him go

This 2020 western film was largely shot in Fort McLeod as well as Didsbury and Drumheller, according to Script. The film’s star, Kevin Costner, is also set to return to Calgary this year as the Calgary Stampede Parade Marshal.


Alberta may be an unlikely location for a space shoot, but it was actually the location for many of the film’s scenes starring Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway. The film’s baseball game ended in a sandstorm which took place at Seaman Stadium in Okotoks. Scenes were also filmed at a farm in Longview, according to Script.


According to IMDb, filming for the popular movie adaptation Coen Brothers, Fargo, took place all over Calgary. The Calgary Public Library became the headquarters of the FBI in the series.

Filming for its fourth season has moved to Chicago, but it will return to Alberta for its fifth, according to Weekly output.

Fall Legends

Hollywood A-Listers Brad Pitt and Anthony Hopkins also reunited in Canada in the 90s to film Fall Legends. Filming took place in Alberta, in places like Calgary, Morley and Ghost River – where scenes of First World War trenches took place, according to IMDb.

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