Where is The Handmaid's Tale filmed? Updated locations for Season 2

The Handmaid's Tale where filmed
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In a dystopian near 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 acclaimed 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 filmed in and around Toronto. The studio work for the Republic of Gilead was shot at the sets and soundstages of Cinespace Film Studios in the Canadian city. We are updating weekly this spoiler-free report, including the filming locations for season 2:

Handmaid's Tale Filming Location
We can recognize many landmarks of Toronto in the series, like the City Hall.
(You can open all the locations on Google Maps clicking on the links below in the captions ↴)
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 the background of a scene from the first episode of season one. A flashback scene was filmed at Ripley's Aquarium of Canada in downtown Toronto, also for S01E01. Image courtesy of Hulu and Google Maps


The Handmaid's Tale filmed in Toronto
In S01E03, June and Moira enter a coffee shop filmed at the junction of Queen St E and Degrassi St.
Image courtesy of Hulu and Google Maps


Where was The Handmaid's Tale filmed
A scene from episode S01E04 also with June and Moira was shot at the subway Lower Bay Station
Image courtesy of Hulu and Joey Schwartz - Map


Handmaid's Tale filming location
The banquet of episode S01E06 was held at the Ballroom of The Fairmount Royal York Hotel in Toronto. Also the secret night out at Jezebel's in episode S01E08 was filmed in this hotel. Image courtesy of Hulu and Muhammad - Map


The Handmaid's Tale shooting location
The Eyes' headquarters seen in S01E08 is 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 S01E09 is a property at 25 Park Lane Circle, Toronto.
Image courtesy of Hulu - Map


Where does The Handmaid's Tale take place
S01E09: The production was also filming at the Old Mill Bridge over Humber River in Etienne Brule Park.
Image courtesy of Hulu - Map


Handmaid's Tale Cambridge
Also the city of Cambridge (Ontario) is a key location in The Handmaid's Tale. Several scenes were filmed at Main Street bridge, near the presbyterian church. In season one, June and Moira hide from the troops entering The Grand Cafe located nearby. Lots of extras took the area to shot a riot scene, also during season 1. There is a scene with June and Janine filmed on the bridge in S02E09. Image by Google Maps


Handmaid's Tale river location
Also in Cambridge, the Mill Race Park is the area next to the river that has been used in several episodes.
Image by Google Maps - Map


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 S01E02, 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 when filming took place. Image courtesy of Hulu and Google Maps


The Handmaid's Tale Map
The scene of the smuggling boat from episode S01E07 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


The Handmaid's Tale Locations
The ceremony and meeting room, used in several episodes, was filmed at the council chamber of the Scottish Rite Club in Hamilton. Image courtesy of Hulu - Map




The Handmaid's Tale Filming Locations from Season 2

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 S01E04 was filmed at Brick by Brick Park in Oshawa. Image courtesy of Hulu - Map


Handmaid's Tale Season 2 location
An elaborate set was built in the small Bernie Arbour Stadium in Hamilton for S02E01. The Fenway Park baseball stadium's stands and lighting towers were created via CGI. Image courtesy of Hulu - Map


Handmaid's Tale Toronto locations
Some buildings from University of Toronto Mississauga were used to film the place where Emily is teaching in S02E02. The scene from the same episode, when Emily and her partner try to fly out of Gilead, was shot at Terminal 1 of Pearson Airport in Toronto. Image courtesy of Hulu - Map


Where is The Handmaid's Tale being shot
The memorial park that appears in several episodes are the Allan Gardens in Toronto.
Image courtesy of Hulu and Kenn Chaplin - Map


Where is The Handmaid's Tale shot
The domes from the colonies are from Halton Biosolids Management Centre, near Oakville.
Image courtesy of Hulu and Google Maps


The Handmaid's Tale locations Season 2
The flashback from S02E06, with Serena trying to give a conference in a college, was filmed at David Braley Health Sciences Centre from McMaster University in Hamilton. Image courtesy of Hulu and Google Maps


Where is The Handmaid's Tale Season 2 filmed
The new Red Center (the Rachel and Leah Center) from S02E06 was shot at Vaughan City Hall.
Image courtesy of Hulu and Grid Engine - Map


Where is Handmaids Tale filmed
At the end of S02E07 there is a scene with the handmaids filmed at the Artscape Wychwood Barns (Toronto).
Image courtesy of Hulu and Simon P - Map




The Handmaid's Tale Season 2 locations
In S02E09, Gilead's delegation goes through University Ave in Toronto. The greenhouse is located at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington. Image courtesy of Hulu and Google Maps - Map 2


The Handmaid's Tale Film location
The snowy mansion where June meets her daughter in S02E10 is off of Cruickston Park Ln in North Dumfries near Cambridge. Image courtesy of Hulu and Google Maps


The Handmaid's Tale filmed in Hamilton
The swimming pool from S02E11 was shot at the McMaster University in Hamilton.
Image courtesy of Hulu - Map


Locations for The Handmaid's Tale
The house where Emily is posted at the end of season two is the historic Sunnyside mansion, located at 13 Main Street South in Saint George, Ontario. Image courtesy of Hulu and Google Maps


The Handmaid's Tale filmed in Ontario
The last scene of season two was filmed in the tunnel under the 403, just past the Hidden Valley Park in Burlington. Image courtesy of Hulu and Google Maps

Can you help to improve 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!

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Finally, if you enjoyed 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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  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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  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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    2. Where the handmaid's are lined up ready to go inside the banquet is shot at Liuna Station on James Street N in Hamilton.

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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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  25. i THOUGHT PART OF THE BANQUET SCENE, BEFORE DINNER, WHERE THE HANDMAIDS ARE LINED UP, and some scenes at the elevator was Senate House in London? But I guess I am not correct. Was everything shot in Canada?

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  26. In episode 9, when Janine goes to OfDaniel's house, the house is located at 51 Aberdeen in Hamilton.

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  27. When Luke was escaping in EP 7 the roads and woodland were shot around Crooks Hollow Road in Greensville just outside Dundas.

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  28. The City of Cambridge developed a really cool map of all the locations used in Handmaid's Tale. Will be updated with Season 2 locations as they air.

    https://cityofcambridge.maps.arcgis.com/apps/Shortlist/index.html?appid=cdc3cfc4f3e942598a50281ba1b71b73

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  29. The university where Emily teaches was shot at the CCIT Building at the University of Toronto Mississauga

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  30. The gym in the school where Offred ate in the season 2 episode 1 or 2 looked so familiar. But I need to know where is it filmed. Thanks in advance.

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    1. the red centre is a church in the beaches in s1. st aidan's. i think it's safe to assume it's the same in s2.

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  31. The school that Emily taught at was shot in one building, the CCT Building at the University of Toronto Mississauga.

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  32. My mom works at the hamilton spectator. They were filing for season 2 there for a while. In the 2nd and 3rd episode you can recognize areas of it when you are watching if you know the space and it looks like when they pull out of the location at the beginning of episode 3, it looks like the loading docks on the frid street side of it

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  33. S2:E2 - The scenes where the lesbian couple (can't remember their names) is trying to fly out of Gilead were shot at Terminal 1 of Pearson Airport in Toronto.
    S2:E3 - The scene early where Moira is running in a snowy park is Allan Gardens, Toronto. (I walked by when they were setting this up and the "little America" flags gave away it was for for Handmaid's Tale).

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    1. No update? on reflection, I might be wrong about Pearson but S2:E3 was definitely the Allan Gardens Conservatory (when you live three blocks away and see the set with "Little America" flags, nooses hanging from trees, and "missing persons" photos, it's hard to be mistaken).

      https://www.toronto.ca/explore-enjoy/parks-gardens-beaches/gardens-and-horticulture/conservatories/allan-gardens-conservatory/

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    2. Sorry Darren and thanks again, we missed your comment! It is updated now :)

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  34. The last image on your site (the new Rachel and Leah Center) from episode 2.06 is Vaughan City Hall in Vaughan (2141 Major MacKenzie Dr W, Maple).

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  35. The last photo above is a biosolids place in Milton...the domes. Follow the driveway off of 25
    near Unnamed Road, Oakville, ON
    https://goo.gl/maps/WWT9zmRVJpx

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  36. I think that final image is the Highland Creek water filtration plant.

    https://goo.gl/maps/qjV4mocmeAt

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  37. The greenhouse visited in "Toronto" S2 E9 is the greenhouse at The Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington, Ontario.

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  38. s2e10: The mansion where June meets Hannah is off of Cruickston Park Ln, near Cambridge ON. (There's not a good view on Google Maps).

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    1. Thanks a lot, this was a difficult location to find!

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  39. The mansion where June meets Hannah is called Cruickston Park. It has been the backdrop for a lot of hollywood movies. Such as Cold Creek Manor, RED, Bitten, Hero's Reborn, Murdoch Mysteries, etc. There is a lot of history with this property. Here is a rare look inside and the family that lives there. https://www.cbc.ca/life/video/step-inside-a-restored-elizabethan-manor-with-30-ft-ceilings-and-a-baby-goat-1.4681449 For more history Google Cruickston Park. It is gorgeous! Cheers!

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  40. S2E9, the green house was shot in Allan Gardens too

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  41. S2E12. The scene in the pool was shot at the McMaster University pool in Hamilton ON

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    1. https://rec.mcmaster.ca/facilities/pool

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  42. The building where Serena makes her speech is also inside the David Braley centre (McMaster ) and she is shot outside (as you have noted here)

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  43. The jogging scene past the vigil in the park in Toronto is Allen Gardens, as I remember seeing the set up when walking my dog in the winter there when the crew took over the park, and I am fairly certain the greenhouse scene in S2E9 (Where they go to Toronto) is at the Conservatory in Allen Gardens

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  44. The final scene of the finale is in Burlington, just past Hidden Valley Park, in the tunnel under the 403.

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  45. The hotel Serena and Fred stay at in Toronto is made up of multiple locations. The lobby bar, where Serena meets Mark Tuello, the CIA agent, is the Ritz-Carlton Toronto's DEQ Lounge. The lobby of the hotel, seen in multiple scenes, is the lobby of the Hotel X Toronto. The exterior entrance driveway, where Luke and the other protestors gather, is the Hilton Toronto, at 145 Richmond St. The "Hilton" signage is all covered with prop signs for the fictional "Broderick Hotel." Interestingly, the Hilton is also easily visible in the establishing shot of Toronto, as Serena and Fred's limo drives up University Avenue, and the huge "Hilton" name on top is clearly visible in the shot.

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  46. The greenhouse that Serena visits in Toronto in S2 E9 is not The Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington. There is no domed greenhouse there. It is the Allan Gardens Conservatory in downtown Toronto.

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