7 Ontario Road Trips That Every TV-Lover Will Recognize
Put yourself at the scene of your favourite shows!
From cult classics like Gilmore Girls to highly Canadian comedies like Schitt's Creek and comic book hits like The Umbrella Academy, there are a surprising amount of shows that have been filmed in Ontario. These select provincial locations are often disguised as other countries, and in some cases, other planets. But, whether it's an incredible conservation area, a charming small town, or a city hall, there's no denying Ontario's presence in popular TV shows. So, if you love travelling just as much as you love binging Netflix, now's the time to take one of these Ontario road trips to check out one (or all) of these beautiful filming locations.
Orangeville / Schitt's Creek
Address: 308351 Hockley Rd., Orangeville
Why You Need To Go: Schitt's Creek is a famously hilarious Canadian show that films in Ontario, and while many of the shots come from Toronto, the infamous Rosebud Motel is actually located in Orangeville. All of the scenes from outside of the motel are filmed here, and you can actually visit the set yourself. While you're out exploring, why not check out the othernearby!
Milton / Star Trek Discovery
Address: 5234 Kelso Rd., Milton, ON
Why You Need To Go: If you've ever wanted to travel to another planet, here's your chance. Kelso Conservation Area located in Milton served as planet Pahvo in Star Trek Discovery. You can explore the conservation area yourself and take in all of the breathtaking views. The best part? You won't have to deal with any cloaked Klingon ships along the way!
Kingston / Nikita
Address: 216 Ontario St., Kingston
Why You Need To Go: Portrayed as Russia in the CW show Nikita, Kingston's Springer Market Square offers fun activities all year round. If you visit in the warmer months, you can enjoy the long-running farmers' market, or cuddle up for an outdoor movie night. Free skating is available all winter long, as well.
Kitchener / Heroes Reborn
Address: 200 King St. W., Kitchener
Why You Need To Go: While this scene from Heroes Reborn looks like the end of the world, there's nothing apocalyptic about Kitchener's City Hall. The hall comes alive in the summer with various activities, but it's a beautiful and serene place to just sit and have a bite to eat all year round.
Hamilton / The Umbrella Academy
Price: Prices vary
Address: 360 James St. N., Hamilton
Why You Need To Go: If you were a big fan of Gerard Way's The Umbrella Academy, then Hamilton is the road trip destination for you. You can see numerous Hamilton locations throughout the series, including the beautiful Liuna Station. Because of its grand beauty, the station is a popular wedding venue, but they do host various events throughout the year. There are also breathtaking gardens for you to see as well.
Sudbury / Letterkenny
Why You Need To Go: The town of Letterkenny is modelled after the small Ontario town of Listowel, but the actual filming is done in Sudbury. The show really hits the nail on the head when it comes to some aspects of rural Ontario living, and you can't help but notice various beautiful parts of Sudbury throughout the series. So, for your next road trip, why not head to Sudbury and try to find all of the filming locations.
Unionville / Gilmore Girls
Why You Need To Go: Most Gilmore Girls fans know that the pilot was actually filmed on the main street in Unionville Ontario. The town has hosted Gilmore Girl Fan Fest in the past, but even without the festival, there's so much to see and do in Unionville. You'll definitely recognize the town gazebo, Richard and Emily's beautiful stone house, the building that served as Luke's Diner, and more!
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