Are you planning a trip to Toronto? It’s a beautiful city to visit in any season, for its architecture and its many parks. While developing Toronto Civic Center Tourist Scavenger Hunt and our Old Toronto Tourist Scavenger Hunt, we identified several Toronto film locations you might recognize.
We’ve limited our list to the downtown core and harbourfront areas, where our scavenger hunts are located.
11 Toronto film locations
- Toronto City Hall
- Toronto City Hall’s distinctive look has attracted many a film director’s eyes over the years.
- A few films shot scenes in front of this original building, including Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004), Red (2010), The Tuxedo (2002), The Sentinel (2006) and The Kidnapping of the President (1980).
- Also, Devon Corporation building in the animated series Pokémon was inspired.
- Osgoode Hall
- Located west of Nathan Phillips Square, Osgood Hall is home to the Toronto Municipal Court.
- The movie Chicago (2002) shot scenes here.
- Yonge-Dundas Square
- Starting at Yonge-Dundas square and southwards on Yonge St, were shot the car chase scene between Batman and the Joker, in Suicide Squad (2016)
- Massey Hall
- It is a music concert hall. It opened in 1894 and was, with the Eaton Auditorium, the only 2 places to listen to a classical music concert in Toronto before 1982.
- In The Umbrella Academy (2019) on Netflix, Massey Hall is the concert hall where number seven plays her violin.
- Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Center
- The Elgin and Winter Garden Theater is a 2-balcony theater that features musicals, movie premieres and concerts. The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) uses this place among its theaters every year.
- Chicago (2002), The Shape of Water (2017), and Camilla (1994), all shot important scenes here.
- Fairmont Royal York
- The Royal York Hotel was designed by Ross and Macdonald for the Canadian Pacific in 1929.
- Cinderella Man shot scenes here in 2005.
- Union Station
- Opposite the Royal York is Union Station, built between 1914 and 1920, in the Beaux-Arts style, during the First World War. It was the Prince of Wales, Prince Edward, who officially opened it to the public in 1927.
- Chicago (2002), and Cosmopolis (2012) both shot scenes here.
- Gardiner Expressway
- Some films have chosen to shoot scenes under this elevated highway which runs the length of the downtown core between it and harbourfront. They do so for its “concrete” decor, among which are Total Recall (2012) and Crash (2004).
- Roy Thomson Hall
- Roy Thomson Hall is the home of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. This concert hall originated in 1982.
- X-Men (2000) the film that started a franchise of movies that are still coming out to this day, shot some of its opening scenes between Professor Xavier and Magneto here.
- TD Center
- TD Center at 100 Wellington is a group of 6 towers that are very beautiful to admire as a group. It was built in 1969.
- In 2000, American Psycho filmed several scenes here between TD Center towers.
- Casa Loma
- This Gothic Revival mansion is located in York, north of the downtown core. It was built in 1914 for Sir Henry Pellatt as his home.
- Casa Loma serves as a popular film location. Many films and television shows have shot here including: X-Men (2000) as Professor X’s School for Gifted Children, Strange Brew (1983), Chicago (2002), Scott Pilgrim vs the World (2010), The Tuxedo (2002), The Pacifier (2005) and more recently the series Titans (2018) where it is Wayne Manor.
We invite you to try our Toronto Civic Center Tourist Scavenger Hunt or Old Toronto Tourist Scavenger Hunt. They are 2-3 hours each, self-guided walking tours that you do with your smartphone (how it works). You’ll come across most of these film locations and much more. Moreover, you’ll enjoy solving the various challenges at each step of the way while learning the history of Toronto.
They each cost $35 for a group of up to 6 persons. There is an Explorer version of the Old Toronto scavenger hunt available for $45 – it’s longer and has more challenges.