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 (almost) spoiler-free guide to all the filming locations of The Last of Us in order of appearance.

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 Cumberland 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

Post-apocalyptic petrol station
The old Shell Station in the fourth episode, "Please Hold to My Hand", was a set built in an empty rest area ten miles south of Strathmore.
Image courtesy of HBO - Map

Highest trestle bridge
The crumbling railway bridge is the Lethbridge Viaduct (also known as the High Level Bridge), as seen from the Crowsnest Highway.

Built between 1907 and 1909, this is the longest and highest trestle bridge in the world.
Image courtesy of HBO - Map

Kansas City blocked highway tunnel
The blocked highway tunnel in Kansas City was filmed at the eastbound entrance of the Airport Tunnel in Calgary, west of 36 Street Northeast.

After they get past the blockade, the underpass is located at 4th Street Southwest, between 8th and 10th Avenues.
Image courtesy of HBO - Maps: Tunnel / Underpass

Please Hold to My Hand
Most of the episode was shot in Downtown Calgary. As Joel and Ellie make their way through Kansas City, they drive past The Globe Cinema at 617 8 Avenue Southwest.

The pile of burned bodies was at filmed in an alley by Macleod Trail between 10th and 11th Avenues.
Image courtesy of HBO - Maps: Globe Cinema / Alley

Checkpoint North 7
The spot where they see Checkpoint North 7 (made via CGI) was filmed on 3rd Street Southeast, between 10th and 11th.

The laundromat was a set built in a parking lot inside this alley.
Image courtesy of HBO - Maps: QZ entrance / Laundromat

Fedra Headquarters
The old Fedra detention center is the CPS Arrest Processing Section building at 6 Avenue Southeast.

The leader of the group, Kathleen (played by Melanie Lynskey), sends the militia to storm the city. The neighborhood was filmed on 15 Avenue Southwest, between 4th and 5th Streets.
Image courtesy of HBO - Maps: Fedra HQ / Houses

Hi Lo Bar
The Hi Lo Bar where Ellie and Joel are hiding is located at 1004 Macleod Trail Southeast, on the Bell Block building.

They break into a wall in an alley located by the Nexen Conference Center.

The interior of the skyscraper with the endless stairwell is Calgary's Arts Commons theater.
Image courtesy of HBO - Maps: Bar / Alley / Staircase

Endure and Survive
Episode five, "Endure and Survive", opens with the people of Kansas City taking power away from FEDRA.

The scene pictured was filmed outside the Calgary Courthouse No. 2 on Courthouse Park.

The hall of the bank is located in Centennial Place East Tower at 520 3 Avenue Southwest.
Image courtesy of HBO - Courthouse / Bank

Calgary Film Centre
After escaping through the tunnels, the group arrives at a residential street in the suburbs on 11 Avenue Northwest and Crescent Road in Rosedale, Calgary.

However, the entire street where they are attacked by a sniper was a spectacular set built at the Calgary Film Centre.
Image courtesy of HBO - Maps: Street / Studios

Ranchland Motel
The Ranchland Motel is the Ranchland Inn, a two-star accommodation in Nanton.
Image courtesy of HBO - Map

CL Western Town and Backlot
Marlon and Florence's home at the beginning of the sixth episode, "Kin", was filmed at the Weigh Station.

The cabin is part of the CL Western Town and Backlot, a movie studio located in the foothills leading into the Rocky Mountains, situated west of Calgary.
Image courtesy of HBO - Map

The Last of Us drehorte
Joel and Ellie cross the "River of Death" through the Engine Bridge over the Bow River in Canmore.

Noted for its rare vertical endposts and a section that appears to have been salvaged from another structure, this impressive bridge was built between 1880 and 1891.
Image courtesy of HBO - Map

Horseshoe Falls Dam
The dam is the Horseshoe Falls Dam, a century-old hydroelectric power plant located west of Calgary, between Kananaskis and Morley.
Image courtesy of HBO - Map

Jackson Wyoming
Canmore doubles as the settlement of Jackson, Wyoming.

The gates were located at 8 Avenue with Main Street. The stables were built at the parking lot on 7th Street.
Image courtesy of HBO - Map

Willow Lane Barn
The dining hall and cinema were filmed at Willow Lane Barn in Olds.

The bar was filmed in the Wainwright Hotel at Heritage Park.

Maria's house and the other one are located on 14 Street in Canmore.
Image courtesy of HBO - Maps: Barn / Saloon / Houses

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology
The University of Eastern Colorado is actually the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology campus in Calgary. Pictured, the SAIT Heart Building / Heritage Hall.

The Biomedical Sciences Building interior was filmed at Mount Royal University, also in Calgary.
Image courtesy of HBO and Thivierr - Maps: SAIT / MRU

Left Behind
The abandoned house at the beginning of the seventh episode, "Left Behind", is located at 501 400 Suntree Place in Okotoks.

The FEDRA Gym is Vecova's Aquatics located near the Universitat de Calgary campus.
Image courtesy of HBO - Maps: House / Gym

The Last of Us mall
The shopping center is the Northland Village Mall in Calgary, combined with some CGI.

A large section of the mall was completely transformed, littered with dirt and leaves vines covering the floor for the shoot.
Image courtesy of HBO - Map

Silver Lake Colorado
The Silver Lake town resort in episode eight, "When We Are in Need", is Waterton Park, the townsite of the UNESCO world heritage site Waterton Lakes National Park.
Image courtesy of HBO - Map

When We Are in Need
Silver Lake's main street was filmed on Waterton Avenue. The exterior of Todds Steakhouse is the Lakeside Chophouse wine bar and restaurant.
Image courtesy of HBO and Google Maps

Look for the Light
In the season finale, "Look for the Light", the duo arrives in Salt Lake City.

The scene pictured was filmed at 24 Street Southeast and Glenmore Trail in Calgary.

The alley is located between 5th and 6th streets Downtown. The giraffe building is located at 610 8 Avenue SW.
Image courtesy of HBO - Maps: Crossroads / Alley / Building

Saint Mary's Hospital
The army camp is a parking lot located at 5th Street Southwest and 4 Avenue Southwest in Calgary.

The Saint Mary's Hospital was filmed at the old hospital in Grande Prairie, but the parkade is located at the Chinook Centre mall.
Image courtesy of HBO - Maps: Camp / Hospital / Parkade

Beautiful bending road
The beautiful bending road in the mountains is located at AB-742 on the Kananaskis Lakes Trail, near the Pocaterra Hut at Peter Lougheed Provincial Park.

The "Entering Wyoming" sign, with Fortress Mountain in the background, was shot nearby on Highway 40 outside the Wedge Pond parking lot.
Image courtesy of HBO - Maps: Road / Sign

Jackson Wyoming lookout
The Jackson lookout was shot in a spot overlooking Barrier Lake on the Mount Baldy trail.
Image courtesy of HBO and Google Maps

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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.

   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?

   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.

9- Anonymous - Feb 6, 2023, 1:09 PM
Episode 4. 17min 58 seconds, features The Globe Cinema, Calgary. 8th Avenue Southwest.

10- Anonymous - Feb 6, 2023, 11:47 PM
Thanks for doing this! When it said, “10 miles outside Boston”, I immediately said it looked not at all like Massachusetts but did look like Alberta- I was surprised I was right, haven’t been in decades.

11- Anonymous - Feb 12, 2023, 5:14 PM
Curious about the last scene in Episode 5, the Ranchland Motel, the black horse sign, and the broken UFA sign. Location? Thought it might be HWY 16A.

12- Joe - Feb 13, 2023, 8:21 PM
I think you mean Cumberland Farms, not Cucumber Farms.

13- Anonymous - Feb 20, 2023, 12:23 PM
And I swear I thought I recognized the closing scene of Ep 6. It looked like the area in Calgary over by Heritage Park, looking back towards the reservoir over the RR tracks. If I'm correct, the bike trail crosses the track right to left from the direction of downtown, then cuts back left to go around the reservoir once you are across the tracks. Am I right?

14- Anonymous - Feb 21, 2023, 1:01 PM
Episode 6, 15min:33 sec, where Joel and Elle are ambushed, features Mt Yamnuska (aka Mt John Laurie) in the background.

Approaching the town gates, 17min:55sec, features the mountains above Canmore, Mt Lawrence Grassi. Ha Ling Peak. East End of Mt Rundle. It looks to be filmed somewhere near Bow Flats.

15- Mark Perkins - Feb 26, 2023, 9:42 PM
In episode 7, which was filmed in Northland Mall, the food court featured at 39:42 sec. includes the old Subway and A&W. You can see the checkerboard tiles on the pillars.

16- Kurt - Feb 27, 2023, 10:31 AM
The image in the blog showing two floors in the mall: Northland Village only has one floor! I assume they used VFX to create the lower floor seen in the screenshot above.

17- Mark Perkins - Mar 15, 2023, 7:39 AM
38:27 sec in episode 9 when the pair drive past a sign that says they are entering 'Wyoming'. The backdrop is Fortress Mountain. Filmed from Highway 40/Kananaskis Trail. Right outside the Wedge Pond parking lot.

18- Anonymous - Mar 19, 2023, 9:36 PM
“The body shop” in the mall was what tipped me off about being filmed in Canada.


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