Where is The Handmaid's Tale filmed?

In a dystopian future, the world has become a very polluted place at the point that most of women are infertile. The social unrest led to the emergence of a new totalitarian regime, that rose in a territory that used to be part of the United States. A Christian puritan dictatorship was established and all the remaining fertile women came under the control of the state, to serve wealthy families.

This new Hulu series are based on the 1985 novel by Margaret Atwood. The cast is headed by Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men) as the Handmaid, and Joseph Fiennes (Shakespeare in Love) as the powerful elite Commander.

The Handmaid's Tale was basically filmed around Toronto, in Canada. We don't include spoilers and this article will be improved and corrected as we find out more about the show:

The Handmaid's Tale Locations
The Republic of Gilead was filmed at the sets and soundstages of Cinespace Film Studios in Toronto. This scene from the last episode was filmed at the council chamber of the Scottish Rite Club in Hamilton.
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Handmaid's Tale Filming Location
In the series we can recognize many landmarks of Toronto, like the City Hall.
(Tip: you can open most of the locations on a map clicking on the links here =>) Image courtesy of Hulu and Google Maps




The Handmaid's Tale Toronto
The Ritz-Carlton and the CBC building at Wellington St W, featured in a scene from the first episode.
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Where was The Handmaid's Tale filmed
The subway Lower Bay Station was also used as a filming location by Suicide squad last year.
Image courtesy of Hulu and Joey Schwartz


Where is The Handmaid's Tale shot
Good times at Ripley's Aquarium of Canada in downtown Toronto.
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The Handmaid's Tale filmed in Toronto
The scene from the 3rd episode, when June and Moira are running and enter a coffee shop, was filmed at the junction of Queen St E and Degrassi St. Image courtesy of Hulu and Google Maps




Where does The Handmaid's Tale take place
The production was also filming at the Old Mill Bridge over Humber River in Etienne Brule Park.
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Handmaid's Tale filming location
The banquet of episode 6 was held at the Ballroom of The Fairmount Royal York Hotel in Toronto. Also the secret night out at Jezebel's in episode 8 was filmed in this hotel. Image courtesy of Hulu and Muhammad - Map


The Handmaid's Tale shooting location
The Eyes' headquarters seen in episode 8 are the Beanfield Centre at the Automotive Building, at the Exhibition Place in Toronto. Image courtesy of Hulu and Google Maps


Handmaid's Tale house
Commander's Putnam mansion from episode 9 is a property at 25 Park Lane Circle, Toronto.
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Where is The Handmaid's Tale set
Lots of extras took the streets in the center of Cambridge (Ontario) to shot a riot scene.
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Handmaid's Tale Cambridge
The area used for filming in Cambridge was from Main Street bridge to Melville Str, near the presbyterian church. June and Moira hide from the troops entering the coffee shop The Grand Cafe. Image by Google Maps


Where is The Handmaid's Tale being shot
Also in Cambridge, the Mill Race Park is the area next to the river where the handmaids go for a walk.
Image by Google Maps


Where is The Handmaid's Tale being filmed
The Commander's house is in a corner at Bay S and Aberdeen Street, in Hamilton. Many other scenes with the handmaids going for a walk were filmed in this neighborhood. Image courtesy of Hulu and Google Maps


Where is The Handmaid's Tale being filmed
The church being torn down in episode 2, when Offred and Ofglen are taking a walk, was the James Street Baptist Church in Hamilton. There is a bit of CGI in this image, but the church was really in process of partial demolition to build a block of flats instead. Image courtesy of Hulu and Google Maps


The Handmaid's Tale Map
The scene of the smuggling boat from episode 7 was filmed at The Fishway near Hamilton. Also according to one of our readers, the Red Centre is the old King George Public School at 77 Gage Ave N, also in Hamilton.
Image courtesy of Hulu and Tom Flemming - Map


Where did they filmed The Handmaid's Tale
Some ceremonial scenes were shot at Coronation Park in Oakville. The night scene with a funfair from episode 4 was filmed at Brick by Brick Park in Oshawa. Image courtesy of Hulu - Map

Can you help improving this post about the filming locations for The Handmaid's Tale? To complete and correct this report, any feedback, info or images that you may have are more than welcome, thank you!


Finally, if you are enjoying the show, we recommend the brilliant novel by Margaret Atwood The Handmaid's Tale that inspires the series (just check out the great reviews it has following this link):

  


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37 comments:

  1. The scene pictured was shot at Coronation Park in Oakville:
    https://www.google.ca/maps/place/Coronation+Park/@43.4072952,-79.6932297,3a,75y,273.33h,89.32t/data=!3m8!1e1!3m6!1s-hDXh9iWh3zI%2FV4WJJVyCXXI%2FAAAAAAAAGdU%2FRiJe4ydx4N41pVQkwx1Lxs0s_bOWIu5bwCLIB!2e4!3e11!6s%2F%2Flh5.googleusercontent.com%2F-hDXh9iWh3zI%2FV4WJJVyCXXI%2FAAAAAAAAGdU%2FRiJe4ydx4N41pVQkwx1Lxs0s_bOWIu5bwCLIB%2Fw203-h100-k-no-pi-0-ya161.57024-ro-0-fo100%2F!7i8704!8i4352!4m5!3m4!1s0x882b5c2ce43aa149:0x479b8552349f98f0!8m2!3d43.4085772!4d-79.6933087!6m1!1e1

    And the exteriors for the Commander's house are shot in Hamilton, at Bay and Aberdeen:
    https://www.google.ca/maps/@43.2474872,-79.877663,3a,41.2y,239.59h,97.74t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1srIbpVLjBB6xWI6BbOQyf-A!2e0!7i13312!8i6656!6m1!1e1

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  2. The red centre is in the old King George school on gage st in Hamilton.

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  3. The jogging/coffeeshop scene takes place at Queen & Degrassi.

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  4. The Commander's house is specifically 105 Aberdeen.

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  5. They filmed some scenes on Park Lane Circle in Toronto. That's in the bridle path. Not sure the scene but I work there.

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  6. The scene in Birth Day when Offred and Ofglen are walking and people stop to grab a man on the street is Jackson St. and James St. South in Hamilton. The church being torn down is St. James on James St.

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  7. Sorry, James Street Baptist Church in Hamilton

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    1. Yes James st baptist not graceworks.

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  8. The court room was perth hall at Western in London, Ontario

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    1. The courtroom is actually the City of Cambridge Council Chambers at 50 Dickson Street.

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  9. Hi
    The Main Street Bridge in Cambridge, Ontario is featured when June and Moira and the other protesters are raided by the troops. The coffee shop they flee to is called The Grand Cafe https://www.grandcafe.ca/slideshow . The cinematographer makes Cambridge look so beautiful, in stark contrast to the horror of the political situation.

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  10. The hospital in the second episode is a combination of Lakeridge Heath in Oshawa (outside) and Bridgepoint Health in Toronto (inside). The inside of the offices from the third episodes at int he Ernst & Young Tower at Bay & Wellington.

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  11. Thanks for this post! In ep 5, where were June and Luke meeting for coffee?

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  12. The coffee shop is Dark Horse Espresso Bar at 416 Front Street East.

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  13. Where is the banquet in episode 6 shot? Is it the king eddy?

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    1. I'm fairly certain most of that was the Royal York: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ballroom_at_Royal_York.jpg

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  14. The banquet was at the Fairmont Royal York.
    https://moviemaps.org/locations/31m

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  15. The place where they catch the boat is at The Fishway near Hamilton: http://www.rbg.ca/page.aspx?pid=752

    Little America at the end is David Crombie Park (with a fake CN Tower)

    Anyone recognize the church, abandoned town, or offices at the end?

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  16. the scene where Lucas escapes into the woods looks a lot like the Hermitage Conservation Area in Ancaster

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  17. Where is the wall where they showed the people who were hanged?

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    1. At the Mill Race Park in Cambridge, near the river.

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  18. The headquarters of the eyes looks like the Automotive Building at the CNE grounds.

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  19. The diner is Ted's Restaurant in Scarborough and Jezebels is once again the Royal York.

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  20. The Putnam house is at 25 Park Lane Circle. The bridge is Old Mill Road Bridge.

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  21. The hanging scene in Episode 3 was at/across from the MacNab Transit Terminal in Hamilton https://goo.gl/maps/6B4LfdEYvTR2

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  22. Beanfield Centre is located at Exhibition Place https://www.explace.on.ca/venues - the CNE is an annual event that happens on the Exhibition Place grounds.

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  23. The council chamber is the Scottish Rite in Hamilton (the one in the big picture at the top of the page).

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  24. The scene in episode 10 with the song "Feeling Good" is filmed on Bay Street S between Inglewood Drive and Charlton Ave in Hamilton

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