Unveiling 'The Last of Us' Filming Locations

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Where were the captivating and haunting scenes of the hit HBO series, 'The Last of Us', filmed? Since its release in January 2023, this series, based on the beloved video game franchise, has taken us...

Where were the captivating and haunting scenes of the hit HBO series, 'The Last of Us', filmed? Since its release in January 2023, this series, based on the beloved video game franchise, has taken us on a gripping journey through a post-apocalyptic world. As we follow the story of Joel, a survivor in a world ravaged by a deadly disease, and his young companion Ellie, we traverse cities such as Boston, Kansas City, and Jackson. But did you know that much of the series was actually shot in Canada?

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Let's start our exploration of 'The Last of Us' filming locations in Calgary, Alberta. This city played a significant role in the series, portraying the bustling streets of Boston. As you stroll through the residential areas, you can almost envision Joel's daughter, Sarah, appearing from one of the houses at night, just like in the first episode.

Residential area in Calgary Residential area in Calgary

Calgary's Lord Shaughnessy High School served as Sarah's school in the series. Additionally, Calgary's famous Arts Hotel transformed into Boston's colonial museum, where Joel, Tess, and Ellie encountered infected individuals. The University of Eastern Colorado was brought to life by Mount Royal University and the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology.

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology Southern Alberta Institute of Technology

Fort Macleod, Alberta, Canada

Our post-apocalyptic journey takes us to Fort Macleod, a quaint town located just two hours from Calgary. This enchanting town became the backdrop for scenes set in downtown Austin. From a watch repair shop where Sarah fixes Joel's watch to its historic main street, Fort Macleod's charm has attracted not only 'The Last of Us' but also other notable productions such as 'Ghostbusters: Afterlife', 'Brokeback Mountain', and 'One of Us'.

Historic buildings in Fort Macleod Historic buildings in Fort Macleod

High River, Alberta, Canada

Just 42 kilometers south of Calgary lies the town of High River, another significant filming location for 'The Last of Us'. Here, the Millers' house from the first episode was brought to life at 11 Sullivan Road Southwest. The town also served as the setting for Joel, Sarah, and Tommy's neighborhood, the highway scenes, and Evelyn's Memory Lane Diner. Bill and Frank's home was situated in the Beachwood Estates, an abandoned residential area affected by a devastating flood in 2013.

Evelyn’s Memory Lane Diner Evelyn’s Memory Lane Diner, one of the locations where 'The Last of Us' was filmed

Canmore, Alberta, Canada

Our journey to uncover 'The Last of Us' filming locations takes us to Canmore, a small Canadian town that stands in for the town of Jackson in the series. It is here that Joel is finally reunited with his brother, Tommy. While Canmore doubles as Cheyenne, Wyoming, over 2,400 kilometers away, it also provides the backdrop for one of the most memorable scenes: Joel and Ellie crossing the grim "River of Death". This sequence was filmed on the Engine Bridge over the Bow River, showcasing the bridge's unique structure.

Engine Bridge Engine Bridge

Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Canada

In the eighth episode of 'The Last of Us', we are treated to the stunning visuals of the main avenue of Silver Lake. These breathtaking shots were captured in Waterton, home to Waterton Lakes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is within the snow-covered vistas and majestic mountain peaks of this park that we witness Ellie's capture by David and his hunters.

A lake reflecting the mountains in Waterton Lakes National Park A lake reflecting the mountains in Waterton Lakes National Park

The Last of Us has captivated us with its compelling storytelling and immersive world. By discovering the real-life filming locations, we can further appreciate the talent and artistry behind this remarkable series. So, grab your backpack and embark on your own journey to these breathtaking Canadian towns that brought 'The Last of Us' to life.

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