A GUIDE FOR MOVIE LOVERS
Tour famous movie locations
Movies have always created a sense of wonder and brought sights from faraway locations to our living rooms. Visiting filming locations is about seeing the world, but in some inexplicable way, it’s also about getting closer to the movies, actors, and filmmakers we love. For travellers, it’s also a way to visit the fascinating places they’ve seen depicted on screen. Now movie buffs can head straight to locations where some of their favourite films and television shows were shot.
Where to Find Famous Movie Locations BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN
The iconic local western bar where Jake Gyllenhaal’s character Jack Twist first meets Anne Hathaway’s Lureen in Brokeback Mountain is Ranchman’s Cookhouse and Dancehall (page 48) in Calgary. A big portion of the movie was filmed in Kananaskis (page 57). Among the majestic mountains and pristine lakes you’ll find the boys’ camping sites and forest trails. The unforgettable “I wish I knew how to quit you” scene was filmed at the Upper Kananaskis Lake.
HEARTLAND, FARGO, AND UNFORGIVEN
The town of High River is an important location for all the fans of Heartland. Here you can peek through the windows in Maggie’s Diner, Tack and Feed in real life. Also, the action-packed season two finale of Fargo was filmed at the High River Motor Motel. Clint Eastwood’s Unforgiven also stopped by here, as well as in several other small towns including Brooks, Longview, and Drumheller (page 57).
THE BOURNE LEGACY, INCEPTION, THE REVENANT, AND THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD
The opening scene of The Bourne Legacy, where Jeremy Renner’s character emerges from a chilly lake, was filmed in Kananaskis. The Revenant also used many locations in and around Kananaskis, until the production had to do a surprise move to the southern tip of South America in Argentina due to lack of snow. Other movies filmed in this region include The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford and Inception.
Scenes for two of Leonardo DiCaprio’s major films were filmed at Fortress Mountain Resort in Kananaskis: Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s The Revenant, which he finally won an Oscar for, and Christopher Nolan’s Inception.
OVER 150 PRODUCTIONS
The massive Scott Ranch in Longview has served the movie industry for over thirty years. The ranch has livestock, western props, wagons and buggies and has been involved in over 150 productions over the years.
Did You Know? The crew of popular television series Game of Thrones have been to the Calgary area several times to shoot scenes with worldrenowned animal trainer Andrew Simpson. Quigley, a wolf trained by Instinct Animals for Film, plays Ghost, the direwolf of character Jon Snow.