Rockies Movie Locations
As a huge fan locations this section will be updated ongoing and will feature info for those with the same passion to visiting areas, the Rockies in our case, used in Hollywood and local production. Please respect private property outside of the National and Provincial Parks please.
The X-Men 2 Location
If you park as for Upper Kananaskis Lake and walk over the small dam, the bit of open space where the trail cuves into the forest is the location of scenes from the movie ‘X-Men 2’. The author was heading up to solo Winter Solstice in the winter when he was stopped by security. After admitting his plans to climb ice, they escorted him carefully across the dam and had him walk off the trail and into the forest so as not to disturb the fresh snow that had fallen as was desired for one of the scenes. If you watch the movie, many shots are taken from this spot showing the lake. Wacky, I know!
Not too popular it seems when you mention you had visited a few of the scenes from controversial 2005 movie Brokeback Mountain. The lower hump of Moose Mountain west of Bragg Creek is where the boys tended their sheep and lived nearby. You can hike up this 7km trail to the summit of Moose Mountain which has a fire lookout on top and is a great stroll to take kids. The apartment scenes where Heath Ledger was married is a side building located in downtown Fort McLeod.
Touch the Top of the World
This is a movie about blind adventurer Erik Weienmayer quest from childhood that ends with standing atop the highest peak on earth, Mt. Everest. Early rock climbing shots are on the east side cavern of the Okotoks Erratic and as the back of the DVD shows, clearly atop the old Fortress ski hill, where many films are done.
The Far Country
Many westerns have been filmed in Alberta, but one in particular should stand out above all others to the movie popcorn swilling mountaineer than the 1954 James Stewart classic The Far Country. Shot mostly around the Columbia Icefields near to where the Icefields Center is and the hillside to the north. The toe of the icefields is the border of Canada and USA- the ice being Canada- and you will see shootouts here, a funny ice styrofoam boulder avalanche, a real serac coming off Snowdome and some ends scenes shot around the base of Mt.Edith Cavell up in Jasper. A must for movie-mountaineer buffs.
This western movie from shot in 2000 is set in the 1849 California Gold Rush, but really really takes place on the backside of the Fortress Ski Hill. It was a wonderful time to cruise through the east facing glades and have this old movie set not far away for one season.
Fay Wray Tribute
Not a filming location but a tribute to Cardston local Fay Wray who was the star of King Kong and other flicks including many horror. Apparently to Wikipedia, two days after her death in 2004, the lights of the Empire State Building went out for 15 minutes in her honor. WoW.
Cadence was being filmed just as I was leaving high school and during the summer of 1989 Kamloops was experiencing a Hollywood takeover. This army comedy was filmed mostly at the now destroyed Mt.Lolo base north of town and the two white domes holding the early warning system could be seen easily from many higher altitudes around the city. I walked past an old pub called the Tudor Rose every day for 7 years, now a sushi restaurant, and this is where Charlie Sheen was tossed threw a glass window in the opening scenes of the movie. Very hard to find on DVD but if you can try to watch it!
The A-Team movie was filmed in various locations around Cache Creek and Kamloops. One of those is the military hospital which is the old Tranquille Hospital found past the Kamloops airport.
This action destruction movie was filmed around Cache Creek/Ashcroft and parts around Kamloops. If you drive up the Red Lake forestry road past Tranquille, you will come to a knoll with a small parking area. Take 5 minutes to walk out onto this easy hill which is where John Cusack met Woody Harrelson with the super-imposed CGI destruction behind. The Lac Du Bois area above Batchelor Heights in Kamloops was used for some scenes. The Cache Creek Airport was used in many scenes doubling as the Yellowstone Airport.
Now here is a cool piece of Rockies history circa 1981 – that of the cult horror movie Ghostkeepers that was filmed at Deerlodge up at Lake Louise – all filmed on location there in the dead of winter. It opens with some shots of the mountains nearby then jumps into the story of two couples who get stuck in the area while snowmobiling and have to be in the company of the crazy caretaker. Yes there is some gore, yes there is some tame sexual scenes and dialogue. Even the ice house made from blocks is shot on location and not in a studio. In the slideshow below is the director J.M. signing a Spanish version of the poster.