Welcome to Kehoe, Colorado: Where was Cold Pursuit filmed?

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Although this production is set in Kehoe, Colorado, Cold Pursuit was filmed in the Canadian provinces of Alberta and British Columbia. This is a story of revenge that doubles as a black comedy.

Liam Neeson plays Nels 'Mr. Plow' Coxman, a snowplow driver whose son appears to have passed away of an overdose. Nels is determined to get to the truth, searching for a drug lord called Viking, played by Tom Bateman.

Viking's men start to disappear under strange circumstances one after the other at the hands of our badass vigilante.

Snow plough movie still with Liam Neeson

The main cast is completed by Laura Dern performing his wife (Big Little Lies, Twin Peaks) and Emmy Rossum as Kim, the local detective (Shameless, The Phantom of the Opera).

Originally titled Hard Powder, the script is based upon the 2014 Norwegian dark comedy In Order of Disappearance (Kraftidioten).

If you want to know everything there is to know about Cold Pursuit filming locations, look no further:

Streets of the town of Kehoe Colorado
Cold Pursuit is set in the fictional town of Kehoe, Colorado. The cute village of Fernie (BC) doubled as Kehoe.

Thanks to the magic and mastery of Union Visual Effects, we can play a game of spot the difference using the screenshot from the movie (upper) and the actual location (lower).
(You can open all the locations on Google Maps by clicking on the links below in the captions ↴)
Image courtesy of Summit Entertainment and Union VFX - Map


Landscape Canadian Rockies Fortress mountain
The stunning snowy outdoors pictured in the film are from the Kananaskis Valley in the Canadian Rockies. The graveyard is situated under the Fortress mountain (left) and Gusty Peak (on the right).

The movie was also filmed at Fernie Alpine Resort. The filmmakers had originally planned to film in Banff National Park, but the park management didn't like the fact that one of the bad guys, the gang boss played by Tom Jackson, is an Indigenous Native American, and the filming permit was revoked.
Image courtesy of Summit Entertainment and Dave Bloggs - Map


Nels house in the mountain hill
The beautiful isolated cabin overlooking Kehoe, home of the Coxmans... actually doesn't exist!
Image courtesy of Summit Entertainment and Union VFX - Map


Cold Pursuit cabin
Are you disappointed? It's too bad that Nels's house is not available on Airbnb! The crew built a set on a slope with views to The Fortress mountain in the Spray Valley Provincial Park area.


The valley with and without CGI effects
On your right, the rough shapes of Mount Kidd. The valley down the mountain ridge is where the Kananaskis Village is located. The city lights of Kehoe were also digitally added.


The digital river
The waterfall and the river where Nels drops the bodies are also CGI compositions.


City comparison film Special Effects
I wish our cities really looked as cool as the one in the movie. Check out this idealized view of Denver, Colorado.


Snowblower workshop
The facilities of the Open Road company where Nels works are located very close to the Fortress Mountain Resort ski area lodge.
Image courtesy of Summit Entertainment - Map


Kehoe Airport
The Kehoe Airport was filmed at the Canadian Rockies International Airport in Cranbrook.
Image courtesy of Summit Entertainment and Google Maps


Modernist mansion featured in the movie
The cartel leader's three-story glass mansion is the Eppich House II, designed in 1988 by one of Canada’s most famous architects, Arthur Erickson.

This luxurious property, priced at $16.8m, is located at 1056 Groveland Road in British Properties (West Vancouver).
Images courtesy of Summit Entertainment - Map


Blizzard Bar in Alaska
The interior of the Blizzard Bar is The Bourbon pub at 50 West Cordova Street in Gastown (Vancouver).
Image courtesy of Summit Entertainment - Map


The Birds square Vancouver
The members of the drug cartel leave Nels son's body in the Olympic Village Square of Vancouver, near 'The Birds' sculptures.

Liam Neeson and Micheál Richardson are real-life father and son - they also played father and son in the movie set in Tuscany where they have to fix an old house together, Made in Italy.
Image courtesy of Summit Entertainment - Map


mortuary scene
The Waterfall Building (at 1540 West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver) served as the morgue.

Lisa's Bridal Salon in New Westminster was used to host a short action scene involving Nels breaking a couple of bones (or rather a couple of dozen of them).
Image courtesy of Summit Entertainment and Patrick Lauke - Maps: Waterfall Building / Lisa's Bridal Salon


Grand Hotel The Empress
The exterior of Kehoe's Chateau Montclair Resort was also CGI'd, inspired by the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise hotel in Alberta.

The interior was filmed in The Empress, a magnificent historical grand hotel located in the city of Victoria (Vancouver Island).
Image courtesy of Summit Entertainment and Canadian Hockey - Maps: Fairmont Chateau / The Empress Hotel


Hard Powder drehort
What about the modern cube house of Brock "Wingman" Coxman (Nels's brother)? The scenes in the house were filmed in a studio, and the outside was computer-generated.


White Bull theater
White Bull's gang headquarters, set in an old theater, was filmed in a warehouse. The nice ceiling decorations were also created in post-production.


The setting of the motel
Mountainous scenery was added digitally to the background of the colorful and striking City Centre Motor Hotel on Main Street (Vancouver).

Also, according to Whatsfilming.ca, other Cold Pursuit locations include the Former Canada Post Building and Lord Byng Secondary School (the same high school featured in the Riverdale series).
Image courtesy of Summit Entertainment and Mike - Map

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24 comments
  1. Amazing pictures! British Columbia, Canadá, Vancouver, very nice!!!

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    1. What a beautiful picturesque part of the world Canada is.

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  2. Thanks for sharing all this information, I was wondering where this movie was shot! Great work :)

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    1. No it was a made up name but based on a town called Fernie. Fernie is a city in the Elk Valley area of the East Kootenay region of southeastern British Columbia. Check out the images on Google :)

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  4. I'm wondering about the location of the waterfall where the bodies are thrown off. Does anyone know that?

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    1. Hi Dan, it looks like the waterfall doesn't exist. I reckon it was done with CGI.

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    2. Duh,,,,it's on the top of a mountain in the winter,,,,there's no such thing that exists. I live in the Rockies and there's so much of this film which is inaccurate, geographically speaking, but I did enjoy the film regardless if it's flaws.

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  5. Great location.....amazing Neesam....

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    1. You apparently missed the part about it being Black Comedy. Agreed the acting wasn't much, but it was funny and entertaining.

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  7. Very ..Fargoesque. Thumbs up.

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  8. This is a cool article. I love that you connected to the maps!

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  9. To me 🥶 Cold Pursuit is the perfect revenge movie. Simple story line, good guys win, choosing the right road matters, bad guys pay. Whimsical. Tongue in cheek. Not too much gore. Humorous in the right places. Not too many words. The road less taken. Lots of snow. Even the score says it all. This movie should have five 🌟✨⭐️💫💥 The scenery and locations were inspirational.

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    1. Yes! That was the only location I really wanted to know lol

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  11. RA are you sure the 'outside' shot of the "Chateu Montclair Resort" is not really based on "Chateau Lake Louise" in Banff National Park ? The turrets and top row of rooms colour are a dead ringer if you look at stills... CGI merge of locations a la Fargo ?

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    1. Awesome! Thanks a lot for finding this, updated!

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  12. I want to know more about Nels house

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  13. It's a decent movie with the calming effect of beautiful shots of amazing scenery interwoven at the right times plus it's set as a "black comedy" not a drama piece so I think some aren't reading it properly. It's a well written piece with only the shortcomings of some of it's actors taking away from its magnificence. I'd just like to know where they filmed the scene in the beginning when they showed his house on the foreground and the valley of snow and mountains that had the town lights in the background that was a magnificent location?

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    1. Hello guys, I hope that with this new update your questions have been answered satisfactorily! :)

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  14. Is the scene driving between street posts in alley filmed in Vancouver east side hastings? By army navy store?

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  15. The Indians warehouse when the guy with the head gets shot, on the girls pc is beautiful salvage minisotta, is that where it was filmed.

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  16. The background mountains behind Chateau Lake Louise are completely different, so is the building.

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