Where was Black Summer filmed? The House & ALL the Filming Locations

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The Netflix series is back for season two, putting the viewer again right in the middle of a frantic zombie outbreak. The show is actually a prequel to Z Nation, taking place in the early days of the zombie apocalypse.

The series is set in a random city somewhere in the United States, but Black Summer was entirely filmed in Calgary and a few villages in Alberta province.

Where is Black Summer filmed

The camera follows a group of survivors, trying to make their way to safety. The events are happening in the same universe of the Syfy show Z Nation, canceled in 2018 after five seasons.

The cast is led by Jaime King as Rose, a mother who is separated from her teen daughter Anna (Zoe Marlett) in the first season, and Justin Chu Cary playing the enigmatic Spears.

We've tried our best to keep spoilers at bay in this guide to the filming locations of Black Summer - you'll find the new season 2 updates below in the report.

Where is Black Summer filmed?

Black Summer city
The production took over the small town of Irricana, 33 miles northeast of Calgary, inhabited by less than 1,300 souls.

Film crews shot scenes for the first episode, "Human Flow", on Madison Drive, McCulloch Crescent, and Pioneer Drive.
(You can open all the locations on Google Maps by clicking on the links below in the captions ↴)
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The house in the zombie town
Many more scenes were filmed in Irricana. The sequence with Lance (played by Kelsey Flower) in episode 4, "Alone", was also recorded here.

The fire station is located on 1st Avenue and 2nd Street.
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Viaduct military control point
The checkpoint from the second episode, "Drive", was filmed at River Avenue Bridge over the Bow River in Cochrane.

This location was also used in several episodes of the Tin Star series.
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Black Summer Calgary
The car chase from the second episode was filmed on the streets of Beiseker, 43 miles northeast of Calgary.
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Secondary school crazy teenagers
The creepy school from the third episode, "Summer School", was filmed at Queen Elizabeth High School in Calgary.
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The Roadside Cafe Alberta
This Reddit thread revealed that the diner from episode five was filmed in The Roadside Cafe at the CL Western Town and Backlot.

This movie set is located in the Bragg Creek area near the Rocky Mountains, west of the city of Calgary.
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Black Summer drehort
The last episode's carnage was filmed in the area known as Calgary Stampede, where the annual rodeo festival is held, located just outside the Grain Academy and Museum.
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Stadium location
The stadium is also located in the city of Calgary. The McMahon Stadium is the home venue for several Canadian football teams.

Also, the 1988 Winter Olympics opening and closing ceremonies were held here.
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Season 2 Filming Locations

Second season town
Black Summer turned to white winter in season two. For a couple of weeks in September 2020, the production transformed the town of High River, located about 42 miles south of Calgary, into an apocalyptic nightmare.

The scene with the car from the first episode, "The Cold", was filmed at High River's main street, 1 St SW. All the storefront signs are actual shops, banks, and restaurants like Colossi's Coffee House, Pizza Hut, or RBC Royal Bank.

In the second episode, "Prelude", Julius and Sun hide in the local Museum Of The Highwood.

High River is also one of the locations where the HBO apocalypse series The Last of Us was filmed.
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Mountains airfield season 2
According to the Calgary Herald, the new season was also filmed in the hamlet of Indus in Rocky View County and Bragg Creek in K-Country.

In Morley, a beautiful location also featured in The Revenant, the production made use of the gorgeous mountainous vistas Alberta is known for.
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The Black Summer House

Black Summer House
The house is a countryside mansion located near Indus called Bow Vista Ranch.

The stately home was originally restored in 2016 to film the third season of the Fargo series. This location was also featured in the second season of Tin Star.
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Elk Valley Lodge
The Nakoda Lakeside Lodge, a hotel run by the Stoney tribe, doubled as the intriguing Elk Valley Lodge.

This Morley lodge is situated beside the Rocky Mountains on Chief Hector Lake, just about 50 miles (80 km) west of Calgary. All the 48 guestrooms feature forest or lake views.

There's also a conference center, spa, indoor pool, sauna, and according to Boone (played by Manuel Rodriguez-Saenz), at least a year's worth of food and supplies.
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1- Skelly - Jul 1, 2021 at 7:15 AM
Thank you for this info. I just finished season 2 and wondered where it was filmed. Beautiful scenery. I was especially curious about the lodge.

2- The Ever Roaming Bryk - Jul 22, 2021 at 9:30 PM
McMahon Stadium is not the home venue to many CFL teams. Only one. The Calgary Stampeders. Spoiler! That's why in the final episode of season one, the center field line doesn't run through the center of the field, and there is only one arrow point in a 50-yard direction. Good old 110-yard CFL field baby.

3- Anonymous - Jul 24, 2021 at 6:59 PM
The centre field line doesn't run through the centre of the field? Did you mean to say that the centre field line falls between the two 50-yard lines (in Canadian Football) rather than being the same line as the single 50-yard line (in American Football)?

4- Alan CK - Aug 8, 2021 at 8:38 PM
I live in Calgary and love seeing my landscape and climate with zombies. It's so much scarier for me! I do believe the zombies would freeze solid for four months, but you would also die of exposure in this world. The end of season 1 in the city was filmed in two locations, part in the Stampede area but spliced with scenes from another area in the downtown core. Sorry, I don't know exactly where tho!

5- Anonymous - Oct 21, 2021, 10:04 AM
I am very familiar with the location for the final season one fight scenes...it is on the plus 15 level behind the Aquitane Building on 5th Avenue SW, just down the street from 505 5th Avenue (old Northland Bank building) and Chevron Tower. Very cool!

6- Anonymous - Feb 5, 2023, 11:03 AM
I just finished the series. Not knowing where it was filmed, I was pleasantly (as much as can be considering it’s a zombie apocalypse story) surprised to have recognized High River. I lived there for four years, prior to the flood. Never get tired of those mountain vistas.

7- Anonymous - Apr 7, 2024, 8:38 AM
Any idea which airfield is used towards the end of season 2?


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