Canadian Badlands

Earlier this year I spent a couple of days travelling around Drumheller in the Canadian Badlands as part of a trip through British Columbia and Alberta. I used the opportunity for a bit of travel photography.

At the time of my visit, production teams were using the area as a filming location for the upcoming move Ghostbusters: Afterlife. I was actually fortunate enough to see the crew filming a car scene along the main high street of Drumheller.

Although the the movie is set in the USA, much of it is actually shot in Canada. The crew has decorated Drumheller with USA flags to give the appearance of an American city.

The Badlands surrounding Drumheller are a unique and intriguing part of Canada. It is therefore easy to see why it was chosen as a filming location for Ghostbusters. I actually visited some of the local ghost towns myself!

The movie is directed by Jason Reitman and stars Mckenna Grace, Finn Wolfhard, Carrie Coon and Paul Rudd.

The Badlands is also know for being the main area of Canada where dinosaur bones and fossils are discovered. The local Royal Tyrrell Dinosaur Museum is considered to be one of the best palaeontology museums on the planet.

High street decorated to look like a small USA town.

Drumheller, USA!?

Drumheller is decorated with the USA flag as it is turned into an American town for the filming of Ghostbusters: Afterlife. The water tower can be seen in the trailer, and the little black dot in the sky is actually the drone used to film it!
Movie production team assemble rig on trailer for car shoot.

Car shoot

Production team rigs up the car trailer for the filming of Ghostbusters: Afterlife. You can also briefly see the same car in the trailer.
Gravel road leads towards dilapidated old grain elevator.


Dirt road near the ghost town of Dorothy, Alberta.
Rusty old car sits abandoned in front of canyon hills.

Old Car

Plenty of rusty cars to be found around the ghost towns of Alberta.

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