Did you know: Ghostbusters: Afterlife was filmed in Alberta?!
The movie, which is playing in theatres worldwide as of Nov 19, 2021, and stars Paul Rudd (you know who Paul Rudd is), Finn Wolfhard (from Stranger Things), Sigourney Weaver and some of the original Ghostbusters, was shot in several locations across the province.
Plan to watch the movie AND plan your Ghostbusters-themed road trip across Alberta!
I’m thrilled to give you some inspiration—teaming up with Travel Alberta, Sony Pictures and my friend Chad Kruger Productions to take you on this tour of the many different Alberta filming locations featured in Ghostbusters: Afterlife.
Watch the video and plan your road trip + trip to the theatres below:
1. Horsethief Canyon
Our first stop is Horsethief Canyon near Drumheller, Alberta.
Located on the Dinosaur Trail, Horsethief Canyon is a must-see in the Canadian Badlands. It’s textured stone, striped walls and stunning platforms represent millions of years of geological history. The canyon is named after the outlaws who hid their stolen livestock here more than 100 years ago.
This is one of the areas in the movie where the kids hangout, and also one of the first places they encounter some ghostly forces.
It’s such a stunning spot, even if you don’t hike down to the valley, the view point gives you an incredible panorama of the canyon.
2. The Town of Drumheller
While you’re in the area, you’ll want to visit the Town of Drumheller, the Dinosaur Capital of the World, home to the world famous Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology featuring some of the world’s largest displays of dinosaurs.
You’ll want to check out the World’s Largest Dinosaur while you’re here. Her name is Tyra and you can actually go inside and up—her 106 stairs to give you a view of Drumheller Valley. This dinosaur is 86 ft (25 meters) tall and is 4.5x bigger than a real T-Rex.
In town, you’ll also want to eat at Pho Dinosaur, an awesome Vietnamese restaurant and WHIFS Flapjack House, a popular breakfast spot in town, grab some craft beer from Valley Brewing and don’t forget to check out the town’s water tower, which is featured in the Ghostbusters: Afterlife movie!
3. Dorothy Grain Elevator
I got some pretty spooky vibes at the abandoned Dorothy Grain Elevator in Dorothy, Alberta near Drumheller.
This grain elevator was first built in the 1920s but hasn’t been operational for decades. Grain elevators once dominated the prairies and helped get grain into trains. Now, if they’re still standing, they’re used as landmarks for photos, music videos, and of course, movies!
You can find the Dorothy Grain Elevator featured in Ghostbusters: Afterlife.
4. Dorothy Ferry Bridge
There’s maybe even less to say about the Dorothy Ferry Bridge, except that it looks really cool! This yellow bridge that sits over the Red Deer River was first built in 1908 is also featured in the movie.
5. Town of Fort Macleod
Now let’s head to southern Alberta for our next stop—the Town of Fort Macleod.
Along the very cute Main Street, you’ll find The Empress Theatre—which was built in 1912. The theatre is designated as an Alberta Historic Resource.
The street—and theatre—are visible during a chase scene in Ghostbusters!
7. Town of Crossfield
And finally, we end our Ghostbusters-themed Alberta road trip in the Town of Crossfield.
Several spots in town are featured in the movie, including a Chinese restaurant called Enjoy Garden, which I have actually written about before—as part of my 2020 summer Alberta road trip stops wth ATB.
This is an awesome little Chinese restaurant with the sweetest owners. The movie even renovated some parts of the restaurant for filming, adding window decals, and these wood decorations.
You have to order a sizzling plate! (I get black bean sauce) and their Schezuan dumplings.
There’s some fun shops all along this road in Crossfield so it’s well worth a visit.
So that’s just a few ideas to help you plan your Ghostbusters: Afterlife-themed road trip across Alberta! We visited a few other spots in the area that you can also include in your adventure (watch the movie for more details!)
It’s so cool that Ghostbusters: Afterlife was filmed in this province and even cooler that you can explore it and visit so many of the filming locations!
Be sure to plan your own trip and check out the movie!
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Note: this post is NOT sponsored by Travel Alberta. I’m working with them as a contractor for video production but not for blog / social media (these are just things I’d share about anyway lol).
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