fargo tour in Cal­gary

The crit­i­cally ac­claimed tele­vi­sion se­ries Fargo has in Cal­gary. This dark com­edy-drama films ex­ten­sively in the city, and Cal­gary’s her­itage neigh­bour­hoods and sur­round­ing wilder­ness have been ver­sa­tile enough to trans­port view­ers to des­o­late land­scapes



A key part of the tour takes us into the down­town core. Hard to be­lieve small-town Amer­ica could be recre­ated here, but the dull, blocky ex­te­rior of the soon to be former Cen­tral Li­brary (616 Macleod Tr SE) pro­vided a per­fectly stern face for the FBI Head­quar­ters in sea­son one of Fargo. In sea­son two, the neigh­bour­hood of Kens­ing­ton, in­clud­ing The

Plaza Theatre (1133 Kens­ing­ton Rd NW) was used to film big city scenes set in Sioux Falls, Kansas City, and Lu­verne.


Save the best for last—af­ter the other stops, head out­side city lim­its to a fan favourite spot: Bear’s

Den (254028 Bearspaw Rd NW) in Bearspaw. Sy Feltz and Ruby Gold­farb have eaten here in sea­son three — but be­fore you ask, there is no “Fargo ta­ble” at the restau­rant; the in­te­rior got a bit of a makeover be­fore filming started, though much of the orig­i­nal charm re­mains in­tact for the show. Be sure to take a photo with the sig­nage of the restau­rant, also fea­tured on-screen.


Once you’re done in In­gle­wood, fill up at one of Cal­gary’s many Gas

Plus lo­ca­tions, which can be seen in all their retro glory in the back­ground of sev­eral episodes, and head to where Lorne Malvo’s dra­matic shoot­ing scene in sea­son one was staged. The Las Ve­gas ho­tel was ac­tu­ally filmed at Ho­tel Arts (119 - 12 Ave SW) in down­town Cal­gary. The shock­ing el­e­va­tor scene hap­pens to take place at the gate­way to one of the city’s trendi­est ho­tels. Once you’ve fin­ished tak­ing self­ies in the el­e­va­tor, head to Ho­tel Arts’

Raw Bar for a cock­tail and in­dulge in the drama of it all.


This district fea­tures as a prom­i­nent back­drop for the show, so strolling down 9th Av­enue will bring fa­mil­iar scenes to the sur­face of any fan’s mem­ory. Start at the Bo Munk In­sur­ance build­ing (1335 - 9 Ave SE), Lester Ny­gaard’s de­press­ing of­fice at the start of sea­son one. His place of work is just across the street from Swans of In­gle­wood (1336 - 9 Ave SE), the bar where Ray Stussy later meets up with his parolee Mau­rice LeFay to hatch their plan against brother Em­mit Stussy in sea­son three. Un­for­tu­nately for Mau­rice, the heist goes sour, prompt­ing Ray and his girl­friend Nikki Swango to do away with him by drop­ping an air con­di­tion­ing unit on LeFay from the fourth floor of the build­ing right across the way—which, back in the real world, is home to

Savour Fine Foods and In­gle­wood Law Of­fice (1331 - 9 Ave SE). From here, walk an­other block to find In­gle­wood Pizza (1225 - 9 Ave SE), seen on screen as Norm’s Pizza in the first sea­son of the show; and De­light­ful

Café (1201 - 9 Ave SE), the stand-in for that diner in sea­son three—you know, the one whose omi­nous neon sign only lights up on D, I, and E.


Head slightly fur­ther north than the rest of the tour de­mands to this ho­tel at 2120 - 16 Ave NE. The ho­tel has been used to film a va­ri­ety of in­te­rior and ex­te­rior shots for sea­son three of the show, in­clud­ing that piv­otal ar­gu­ment be­tween Ray and Sy, which took place in the ho­tel’s restau­rant, Fontanella. Poor Ray’s Corvette was later smashed up in the ho­tel park­ing lot.


This diner (6805 Og­den Rd SE) in south­east Cal­gary moon­lights as Lou’s Cof­fee Shop, owned by the re­tired cop Lou Solver­son in sea­son one. Lou preaches words of wis­dom to his deputy daugh­ter Molly here as she works to solve the cen­tral crimes of sea­son one—much like a younger Lou does in sea­son two, when the time­line of the se­ries jumps back al­most three decades.

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