Stephen King Films Shot in Canada

June is a big month for Stephen King fans. His latest novel, Joyland, was released on June 4, CBS’s Under The Dome (based on King’s 2009 novel of the same name) will begin on June 24 and tickets are on sale for Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, a stage production that King collaborated on with John Mellencamp and T Bone Burnett.

If you’ve got King fever, fear not: now you can visit the spots that have stepped in for his novel’s locales on film. Most of his novels are based in the fictional Maine towns of Derry and Castle Rock, but over 10 King-inspired movies and TV series have been shot in Canada. You might not be able to visit the real Barrens, where the Lucky Seven defeat It, but these seemingly innocuous locales are the next best thing.

Bag of Bones

What: A 2011 A&E miniseries based on the novel of the same name. An author heads to his lakeside cottage after his wife dies and becomes entangled in a local dispute.

Starring: Pierce Brosnan, Melissa George, Jason Priestley

Filmed in: Nova Scotia.

Places to see:

Buddy Jellison’s Village Cafe is located on Main Street in Dark Score Lake. In reality, it’s actually Shirley’s Pizza in Brooklyn, N.S.

When George and Brosnan leave the courthouse after a deposition, they are walking through the Halifax Public Gardens.

William Schallert plays the bad guy, and his menacing house exterior and office were shot at The Clockmakers Inn in Windsor.

The movie has several flashbacks to the 1930s and these scenes were shot at Hatfield Farms in Hammonds Plain.

Canadianism: At the beginning of the movie, Brosnan is doing a book signing at “Waterman’s,” but us Canadians recognize it as a Chapters.


What: A SyFy show now filming its fourth season. Loosely based on King’s The Colorado Kid, the show sees a team of investigators who deal with weird happenings in the town.

Starring: Emily Rose, Eric Balfour, Lucas Bryant

Filmed in: Nova Scotia

Places to see:

The cast is shooting the fourth season now, so head to one of these locales to spot them in action or check out Discover Haven’s Facebook page for filming locations:

Haven’s Post Office is actually a TD Canada Trust (located on King Street) in Lunenburg.

Lunenburg’s Town Hall stands in for Haven’s redbrick Police Station.

Balfour’s character owns The Grey Gull restaurant in the series. In reality, it was a private residence in Tilley’s Cove but fans can still visit the exterior.

The Teagues brothers (and town know-it-alls) work at The Haven Herald, which is located on Queen St. in Chester.

The Good Shepherd Church is St. Luke’s Anglican Church in Hubbards.

Canadianism: Peggy’s Cove lighthouse appears in Haven’s opening credits.

The Dead Zone

What: Christopher Walken plays a man who awakes from a five-year coma with psychic abilities in this 1983 adaptation.

Starring: Christopher Walken, Brooke Adams, Martin Sheen

Filmed in: Ontario

Places to see:

At the beginning of the movie, Walken and Adams can be seen riding the Ghoster Coaster in Canada’s Wonderland, just north of Toronto. Guests can still ride it today, although we can’t promise it will awaken their psychic powers.

If you want to up the fear factor, visit The Screaming Tunnel off Warner Road in Niagara-on-the-Lake. The limestone drainage tunnel is reportedly haunted in real life, and it’s where Walken tries to solve the Castle Rock Killer mystery.

The snow-covered gazebo in which Walken does solve the series of murders was built for the movie and still stands in Queen’s Royal Park in Niagara-on-the-Lake. It is now a popular wedding site.

St. Mark’s Anglican Church’s Rectory stands in for Walken’s house.

Canadianism: The cast shot in Canada during the winter in freezing temperatures. All that snow and cold breath is real.


What: A movie about a demon that poses as a child-killing clown, and a group of seven children who defeat him.

Starring: Tim Curry, John Ritter, Seth Green

Filmed in: British Columbia

Places to see:

I was a Teenage Werewolf might not be playing anymore, but guests can head to 652 Columbia St., New Westminster to see the Paramount Theatre and the storefronts around it, which appeared in the film.

Burnaby Village Museum’s Main St. appears in the scene where the children are looking at a photograph. It comes to life and Pennywise (the evil clown) cartwheels down the street, reaching his hand out of the photograph.

Tipperary Park in New Westminster stands in for the town’s cemetery and can be seen in the background of other scenes.

Both the interior and exterior of Overlynn Mansion was used in the movie as the Derry Inn.

The Barrens where the Lucky Seven hang out is in Stanley Park, and the lake that leads to the sewers is actually Beaver Lake. The sewers where It lived was a constructed set. Good thing for Vancouverites.

Canadianism: There’s nothing Canadian about an evil clown demon.

Dolores Claiborne

What: This 1995 film is about a woman who is accused of murdering her employer.

Starring: Kathy Bates, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Christopher Plummer

Filmed in: Nova Scotia

Places to see:

The majority of the action takes place in the title character’s house, which was actually a set created for the movie. But the sweeping aerials and outdoor scenes were mostly shot in Lunenburg. The ferry and wharf scenes were shot in Brier Island and Long Island.

The Lunenburg Academy is seen briefly as the Devereaux Hotel, where Claiborne’s daughter works.

You might not recognize it, but Acadia University’s indoor hockey arena was used for the eclipse scene. A screen was set up so the sky could be superimposed on it and truckloads of soil and greenery transformed this Wolfville locale into picturesque Maine.

Canadianism: The ferry that is seen several times in the movie, and is used in the scene where Bates discovers her husband has been abusing their daughter, is the Joshua Slocum (the Nova Scotian was the first man to sail around the world). The boat ran between Long Island and Brier Island and retired in 2004.