9 Famous Movies You Probably Didn’t Know Were Filmed In Ontario
Nowadays, you can excitedly lookout for Canadian hotspots in dozens of movies and TV shows thanks to the country heating up as a Hollywood production location. There are quite a few self-proclaimed Canadian series like Schitt's Creek and Kim's Convenience that are both filmed in the province. But there are also quite a few famous movies filmed in Ontario that you may not have realized.
In October 2019, Liam Hemsworth was spotted in Toronto and Hamilton while filming his Quibi series, Dodge & Miles. Though it hasn't yet premiered, we can eagerly wait to see if any spots show up in the background of the series.
We can also look forward to a prequel to the 2009 horror film Orphan that may be filming on Canadian land. That's because the original movie used Toronto and St. Thomas as key filming spots.
Though Vancouver is incredibly popular for Hollywood productions to take place, there are also tons of locations in Ontario that are pretty popular too.
The 2013 superhero flick was filmed in the major cities Toronto, Mississauga, and Hamilton according to Movie Maps. That includes Pinewood Studios Toronto, Yonge St., Yonge-Dundas Square, and Ultra Convenience among tons more hotspots.
Toronto and Newmarket were key filming locations for the 2012 movie starring Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum. IMDb notes that The Roastery Coffee House, City Hall, Casa Loma, University of Toronto, as well as Pinewood Toronto Studios were all used. Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket portrayed the hospital too.
Cheaper by the Dozen 2
Almost the entire sequel to the original 2003 classic film was produced in Ontario. Filming locations on IMDb are Burleigh Falls, Rockwood Conservation Area, Aurora, Guelph, and Fire Route 47 in Harcourt.
My Big Fat Greek Wedding
The totally classic 2002 movie has tons of filming locations around Toronto. Global Film Locations claims that Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church was used for exterior shots, while the inside was filmed at St. Nicholas Ukranian Church. Mount Olympus Travel Agency was filmed on Danforth Ave., and the family home was on Glenwood Cres.
The Incredible Hulk
The 2008 sci-fi thriller has so many Toronto and Hamilton production locations, per Movie Maps. That includes Knox College and the Convocation Hall at U of T, Morningside Park, Yonge St., Canadian Forces Base Trenton, and Consumer's Glass Factory in Hamilton among tons more.
If you loved the action sci-fi movie that premiered 20 years ago, you'll be delighted to know that Toronto, Hamilton, and Oshawa were used as major production locations. In Toronto, they filmed at Gooderham & Worts Distillery, El Catrin Destileria, Roy Thomson Hall, and Casa Loma. In Oshawa, they used Parkwood Estate, as well as Hamilton's Canadian National Railway that's now LIUNA Station according to Movie Locations.
Back in 2007 when Zac Efron blew us all away with his performance in the drama musical, the bulk of filming actually took place in Toronto. Movie Locations claims that Gale’s Snack Bar, Lord Lansdowne Public School, and Lakeview Restaurant were all used in production. IMDb also adds Queen Victoria School in Hamilton.
According to Far & Wide, Brantford was the perfect place for the 2006 horror film to be produced in. That's because the "old brick buildings, historical facades, and street lamps of Brantford’s downtown made the perfect eerie backdrop for staggering zombies". IMDb also notes that cities including Toronto, St. Thomas, Brampton, and Hamilton were used.
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
Produced entirely in Canada, the 2010 film starring Michael Cera was filmed at St Michael’s College School, Toronto Public Library Wychwood branch, Beta Theta Pi Fraternity House at U of T, and a Pizza Pizza on Bloor St. W among tons more according to Movie Locations.