How THE LAST OF US Episode 6 Turned Canmore, Alberta, Into Jackson, Wyoming
Every inch of Canmore was just this magical little town… with really great fudge -.Pedro Pascal on The Late Late Show with James Corden.
Canmore, Alberta, which plays Jackson, Wyoming in episode 6 of The Last of Us, was Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey’s favourite Alberta location, even though it was bitterly cold and Ramsey never tried the fudge.
We had Canmore, which is a town that’s a dead ringer for Jackson, Wyoming. We needed people on horseback, no problem. We needed some of the best stunt people in the world — they were there . . . While we were bringing crew in from Vancouver as well, there was an enormous amount of fantastic people working in Alberta. — showrunner Craig Mazin told Mobile Syrup.
The only drawback — extreme cold.
We were very lucky because we had the opportunity to have rehearsals before we were on the set. The set was quite difficult because of the cold weather. Sometimes it was even -15 degrees Celsius, so very, very cold. — director Jasmila Žbanić told Variety.
Christmas in Jackson, Wyoming.
When we go into these places we’re not doing anything small and we spend quite a bit of time there and if there’s one business on the street that we want to film on that doesn’t want to play ball we’re out of luck. Fortunately we’ve had everyone accommodate us everywhere we went. — Jason Nolan, Location Manager, The Last of Us: Inside Episode 6.
Real-life Canmore via Travel Alberta. Summits of Three Sisters and Ha Ling Peak in background.
Crew built paddocks and stables in a parking lot in the centre of Canmore with sheep, horses and cows:
Canmore…going to a town and being able to put in a half acre of stables and sheep and horses and cows and all of that stuff. My favourite part of that was building the paddock and the stables and everything in the parking lot right in the middle of town — production designer John Paino, The Last of Us: Inside Episode 6..
Other locations in episode 6.
The Canmore Engine Bridge
Jackson barn played by Willow Lane Barn in Olds via Travel Alberta.
University of Eastern Colorado played by South Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) and Mount Royal University (MRU) in Calgary via Travel Alberta.
What’s The Last of Us about?:
The Last of Us takes place 20 years after modern civilization has been destroyed by a fungal pandemic. Joel (Pedro Pascal), a hardened survivor, is hired to smuggle 14-year-old Ellie (Bella Ramsey) out of an oppressive quarantine zone. What starts as a small job soon becomes a brutal, heartbreaking journey as they both must traverse across the U.S. and depend on each other for survival.
Showrunners: Craig Mazin, Neil Druckmann (who created the Video Game).
Cast: Pedro Pascal, Bella Ramsey.
Episode 6 guest stars: Graham Greene, Elaine Miles, Gabriel Luna., Rutina Wesley.
The Last of Us airs Sunday nights on HBO, HBO Max and Crave (in Canada).