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"Brokeback Mountain" Alberta Filming Locations

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Photo Credit: Daniel van der Ree

"Brokeback Mountain:" Highlighting the Beauty of Alberta's Landscape:

Although the Annie Proulx short story is set in Wyoming, "Brokeback Mountain," a big winner at the 2005 Academy Awards, was filmed in the south of Alberta, one of Canada's prarie provinces. The following locations were featured in the film and have much to offer visitors.

Calgary, Alberta:

Calgary is briefly featured in the bar scene where Jake and Lureen get together. Calgary’s combination of good old fashioned hospitality and cultural diversity offers visitors a truly satisfying stay. Drive an hour out of town, and you’re in the heart of the Canadian Rockies

Fort Macleod, Alberta:

Scenes in Ennis' apartment and where Ennis meets Cathy late in the movie were shot in Fort Macleod .
  • Fort Macleod is now the only Designated Historic Area in the Province of Alberta
  • Fort Macleod's Empress Theatre is the oldest continually-operating theatre in Western Canada.
  • Nearby Head Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • A short drive south is Waterton National Park, with a reputation as one of the most stunningly beautiful parks in North America.

Kananaskis Country, Alberta:

Site of the campsite scenes of "Brokeback Mountain" and when Ennis encounters the bear were shot in Kananaskis Country, a protected Alberta park covering more than 4000 square kilometers.
  • Features Nakiska Ski Resort, less than 50 mins. from Calgary and site of 1988 Winter Olympic Games.
  • Offers huge range of outdoor activities, including skiing, mountain biking, hiking and skiing.
  • Nestled in the northwest is Canmore, the source of many "Brokeback Mountain" images.

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