You Can Actually Visit All The Canadian Places Where 'Mean Girls' Was Filmed
Grab your pink shirt and go be Regina George.
Today is the ultimate day for Mean Girls fans everywhere. Not only is it October 3rd, official Mean Girls Day, based on a reference to the scene in the movie where Cady Heron (Lindsay Lohan) tells her love interest, Aaron Samuels (Jonathan Bennett), what day it is, but it's also a Wednesday, highlighting another popular Mean Girls reference that on Wednesdays, we wear pink.
So, while you're enjoying your breakfast courtesy of the King of Toaster Strudel or some cheese fries, wearing your best pink clothing, and binging on Tina Fey's 2004 iconic movie today you should also be on the lookout for some familiar Canadian locations from the movie Mean Girls.
Something that a lot of people don't know about Mean Girls is that even though the story is set in Chicago, it was actually filmed in Canada. Some of the most major scenes are filmed in the Toronto area, and you can actually recognize a lot of them as you watch the film.
Whether it's the school that the Mean Girls and all the other cliques go to or the mall where they like to shop, all of these iconic moments actually took place in Toronto and now, to celebrate October 3rd, you can go and actually walk where Regina George (Rachel McAdams) has walked before.
1. Etobicoke Collegiate Institute
Tina Fey, the writer of Mean Girls, would have you believe they all go to school in the suburbs of Illinois, but their high school is actually in the Toronto area. Etobicoke Collegiate Institute is featured at least twice in the film since the outside of the building is used as the high school that the entire story is centred around.
You can see the back of it when Cady, Janice, and Damian are sitting outside on the field, and then you can see the front of the school more towards the end of the film when [SPOILER ALERT] Regina George gets hit by a bus while crossing the street.
2. Malvern Collegiate Institute
The set of the Mean Girls high school couldn't just be one place, in fact, it took two schools to make up the jungle of a school the plastics go to. The second school is Malvern Collegiate, also located in Toronto, who's auditorium was used to film some parts of the movie.
The most iconic scene you will recognize the auditorium from is the talent show where Cady and the plastics perform a scandalizing version of Jingle Bell Rock.
3. University of Toronto
When you need to make it seem like they are at a university in Mean Girls, the best way to do that is going to an actual local university. In the scene were Cady attends the math competition, marked by the iconic phrase "the limit doesn't exist," in order to make you think they were at some local Illinois college, the movie actually filmed at the University of Toronto.
You can actually see parts of Convocation Hall when they first arrive at the competition. More obviously you can see U of T's University College illuminated in the background after the competition when Cady, Kevin and the rest of the team are celebrating their victory before going to the school dance.
4. Sherway Gardens
Are you really a Mean Girls fan if you've never pulled up beside your friends and said: "get in loser, we're going shopping?" Well, if you want to fully recreate the scene where the plastics take Cady to the mall for the first time, you are going to need to drive to Sherway Gardens.
The shopping mall in the west end of Toronto was used for the all mall scenes of this film. As the girls walk through the mall in the film you might recognize some of the gold-plated pillars or fountains.
The filming locations aren't the only Canadian connection in Mean Girls. Throughout the movie, there are also a number of so-called Canadian Easter eggs. One of them is an Avril Lavigne poster, hung proudly on the wall of Regina George's room. Another one is yet again a poster, but this time it's Celine Dion and it's hanging up in Damian's room.
The final and almost always missed Canadian reference is that in Cady's house if you look closely by the telephone in one of the scenes, there is a coupon for Roots, a pretty popular Canadian brand.
Beyond the film's easter eggs and backdrops, a number of actors and crew on the set were Canadian including Diego Klattenhoff, AKA the half-naked student in the AV room above the auditorium, but also one of the star's of the show Rachel McAdams, who is from St. Thomas, Ontario.
The film originally came out in 2004, almost 15 years ago, and has remained a favourite and truly one of the most classic films of our generation. It also is Lindsay Lohan's second highest earning film, which is totally fetch.