Where was The Last of Us filmed? Guide to all the Filming Locations

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The highly-anticipated HBO show is an adaptation from the popular video game series of the same name where Joel, a smuggler and survivor of the brain infection that has devastated mankind, is tasked with escorting teenager Ellie.

Set twenty years after modern civilization collapsed, during the series, Joel and Ellie traverse the post-apocalyptic United States. However, The Last of Us was filmed all over Alberta in Canada.

Bella Ramsey and Pedro Pascal

Written and executive produced by Craig Mazin (the creator of Chernobyl), this survivor adventure stars The Mandalorian actor Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey (Game of Thrones Lyanna Mormont).

The show, which feels like an improved version of The Walking Dead, is reportedly one of the most expensive series ever made, costing HBO about $10 million per episode.

Here is our guide to all the filming locations of The Last of Us in order of appearance. We will be updating and expanding this spoiler-free report every week as new locations are revealed.


The Last of Us Locations

The Last of Us house
The Miller's house in 2003 from the first episode, "When You're Lost in the Darkness", is located in a quiet cul-de-sac at 11 Sullivan Road Southwest in High River.

The Adler's home is also located next door, and both the exterior and interior scenes were filmed on location in this town situated about 42 miles south of Calgary.

Sarah's school was filmed at Lord Shaughnessy High School in Calgary.
(You can open all the locations on Google Maps by clicking on the links below in the captions ↴)
Image courtesy of HBO - Maps: House / High School


The Last of Us Austin
Several scenes taking place in Downtown Austin were filmed in Fort Macleod, Alberta.

An old antique store on 2nd Avenue, next to Don's Barber Shop, served as the watch repair store.

As you can see, some buildings were CGI'd into the background of the scene.
Image courtesy of HBO and Google Maps


When You're Lost in the Darkness
After picking up Sarah, Tommy drives towards the highway but finds everyone has had the same idea.

According to MovieMaps, the highway on-ramp was filmed at the intersection of 498 Avenue East and Highway 2 on the outskirts of High River.
Image courtesy of HBO - Map


The Last of Us city
The sequence where Tommy and Joel flee with Sarah and several airplanes fly over them was filmed on 23rd Street (Highway 2), also in Fort Macleod.

Then, they turn right down an alleyway, zig-zag just next to the watch repair store, and continue along 2nd Avenue.

Fort MacLeod has a remarkable concentration of historic buildings, perfect for filming. Kevin Costner's 2020 film Let Him Go and the award-winning 2005 movie Brokeback Mountain also recorded scenes in this beautiful town.
Image courtesy of HBO and Google Maps


Midnight Madness
Then, the pickup truck turns right again, onto 24th Street, where the fake cinema projecting a movie called Midnight Madness is located.

The Empress Theatre was renamed Monarch for the plane crash shot.

This is almost the same route that the Ectomobile took through the streets of Fort Macleod in the 2021 movie Ghostbusters: Afterlife.
Image courtesy of HBO and Google Maps


Car knocked upside down
The sequence after the car is knocked upside down was filmed in another town situated more than 160 miles (260 km) from there, in central Alberta.

The scene was filmed outside Pandora's Boox game store on 51st Street and the adjoining alley in Olds.
Image courtesy of HBO - Map


Evelyn's Memory Lane Diner
Joel and Sarah enter a restaurant after an infected man begins chasing them.

This scene was filmed at Evelyn's Memory Lane Diner at 118 4 Avenue SouthWest, back in High River.

High River was also featured in the Netflix zombie apocalypse series Black Summer.
Image courtesy of HBO - Map


Boston quarantine zone
As Calgary Herald reported, the production built a large set in the Ramsay neighborhood near Stampede Park in Calgary at 803 24 Avenue Southeast, which served to film the Boston quarantine zone.
Image courtesy of HBO - Map


Restaurant in Jakarta
The second episode, "Infected", begins with a flashback to 2003 set in Jakarta, Indonesia.

The restaurant where the police find the mycology professor was filmed at the Pho Anh Huyen Vietnamese Noodle House in Calgary's Crescent Heights.

The lab is the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) Senator Burns Building, also in Calgary.
Image courtesy of HBO - Maps: Restaurant / SAIT


The Last of Us in Boston

The Last of Us Boston
Tess, Joel, and Ellie walk through a Boston ravaged by the Cordyceps infection outbreak.

The sequence after the flooded hotel was recorded in Downtown Edmonton, between 100A Street Northwest and Rice Howard Way.

The bomb crater was CGI'd outside the Phipps-McKinnon Building.
Image courtesy of HBO - Map


Infected bridge scene
The trio walks across a bridge with Boston's iconic Custom House Tower still standing in the background of the scene.

In October 2021, the crew spent more than a week filming on Memorial Drive’s Fourth Avenue flyover in Calgary just to get a few minutes of footage.
Image courtesy of HBO and Google Maps


The Bostonian Museum
The facade of the Bostonian Museum was shot in a Georgian-style building located at 1202 1 Street Southwest in Calgary.
Image courtesy of HBO and Google Maps


Alberta Legislature Building
The scenes outside Massachusetts State House, with its golden dome, were actually filmed at the Alberta Legislature Building in Edmonton.

Completed in 1913, "the Ledge" was covered with vines and greenery for the shoot. The interior was a set built on a sound stage.

The series was partially filmed in a warehouse at Rocky Mountain Film Studios in Calgary.
Image courtesy of HBO and Google Maps


Long Long Time
The opening scene of the third episode, "Long Long Time", set ten miles west of Boston, was filmed at the gorgeous Sheep River Falls in Kananaskis Country.
Image courtesy of HBO - Map


Fish Creek Provincial Park bridge
The bridge is located about 50 miles from Sheep River Falls, in Fish Creek Provincial Park in Calgary.

According to this map, the scenes in the woods were recorded at Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area, located southwest of Calgary.
Image courtesy of HBO - Maps: Fish Creek / Ann & Sandy


Priddis General Store
The Cucumber Farms abandoned gas station is the Priddis General Store in Foothills County.
Image courtesy of HBO - Map


Bill and Frank's house
Bill and Frank's house in Lincoln, Massachusetts, was built in an abandoned neighborhood in High River called Beachwood Estates.

After being ravaged by a flood in 2013, the entire population of 13,000 people had to flee. Later on, the houses were removed, and the area was returned to its natural state.

Many elements in the image pictured, including the church and the city in the background, were created via CGI.
Image courtesy of HBO - Map


Home Depot store
Bill takes supplies from a Home Depot filmed at a Lowe's Home Improvement store, now permanently closed, in Calgary's Shawnessy neighborhood.

The natural gas plant is the old Mazeppa Gas Processing Plant near High River.
Image courtesy of HBO - Store / Gas Plant


The Last of Us drehorte
The Last of Us was filmed in many more locations all over Alberta.

In the next episodes, we will see scenes shot in Okotoks, Nanton, Waterton, and the town of Canmore (featuring the Engine Bridge, pictured), doubling as Jackson, Wyoming.

Some more scenes recorded in Calgary include Mount Royal University and the Northland Village Mall.
Image courtesy of HBO - Map

Stay tuned for more location updates on this page!

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8 comments:

1- Anonymous - Jan 23, 2023, 3:30 AM
Was the Jakarta part in Episode II actually filmed in Jakarta or elsewhere in Indonesia? It seems very authentic.

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   2- Ra Moon - Jan 23, 2023, 3:49 PM
   Believe it or not, it was also filmed in Calgary!

3- :) - Jan 25, 2023, 2:35 AM
"The interior was a set built at the studios," you say, but which studios?

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   4- Ra Moon - Jan 25, 2023, 2:20 PM
   The Rocky Mountain Film Studios in Calgary.

5- Anonymous - Jan 30, 2023, 10:57 AM
The road that Joel and Ellie are walking along and then go to the gas station, towards the beginning of the episode, was filmed in the hamlet of Priddis, at the Priddis General Store. I live down the road, so I saw the transformation of the store. Was very cool.

6- Anonymous - Jan 31, 2023, 7:52 PM
The "museum" is right next door to my office. We watched that scene being shot. Several days for two minutes. No wonder these productions are so expensive.

7- Amos Garrett - Feb 1, 2023, 11:20 AM
Yo All-- Having lived in Boston and Turner Valley, Alberta (near Sheep River falls), I can assure you that there is NOTHING anywhere near Boston that resembles this part of Alberta. Give me a break guys (and gals)!!!

8- Anonymous - Feb 2, 2023, 11:31 AM
Episode 2 - The Lab that the mycology professor was walked through is actually Senator Burns building on SAIT’s campus.


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