Where Season Three of The Strain Was Filmed in Toronto (Part Two)
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Where Season Three of The Strain Was Filmed in Toronto (Part Two)

Featuring Cabbagetown, Roy Thomson Hall, and alleys.

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There’s just so much New York-as-Toronto on display in The Strain, there was no way we could fit it all into one post. So here we go, wrapping the locations from season three!

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Resuming our adventures in episode six, we find ourselves in one of the city’s most cinematic service alleys, Pearl Street!

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This staircase is just off to the left. It goes to the basement of the building that, when it fronts onto King Street, houses Il Fornello and those other restaurants.

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This bicycle rental gazebo is supposed to be in Central Park…

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…but it’s really in High Park.

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Okay, this picture is too dark to see much, but this power plant…

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…where the Ancients have set up a lair…

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…is the Hearn Generating Station.

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If you’re an afficianado of abandoned local industrial sites, you also recognize these loading docks…

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…and this, as the ol’ Unilever site.


We saw this location back in the first season too, and it’s still pretty cool…

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…as this alleged concentration camp is the rarely seen North Toronto Wastewater Treatment Plant.

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Another first-season (indeed, first episode!) callback is “JFK Airport,” which is obviously Pearson (albeit in an auxiliary terminal near Terminal Three).

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And the interior is our biggest fake airport…

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…the Ex’s Direct Energy Centre, which is apparently now called the Enercare Centre. Whatever.

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This entrance to the quarantine zone is down by the Port Lands…

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…but once we’re inside, we’re actually not in Queens…

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…but over in Weston.

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This random apartment building is one we just saw in Ricky Gervais’s Special Correspondents.

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It’s not in Brighton Beach, but rather in Cabbagetown. This reverse shot shows the Toronto Dance Theatre across the street.

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Obviously this isn’t West 32nd Street.

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It’s really on Davenport

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…and then we go into this condo.

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Contrary to the text there, this is the since-departed Valdez bar, on King West

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Rather than central Queens

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…the Palmer Foundation is right downtown at a car dealership at Trinity and Front Street.

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Hey, episode nine is directed by awesome, local guy Vincenzo Natali!

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This flashback takes place in the very old school Chairman’s Boardroom of the Dominion Bank, now an event venue at 1 King West.

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This is just Colborne Street

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…alongside the King Eddie.

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And this is Adelaide and York Street, though the real intersection is more brick than steel and glass.

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This episode also has a big attack at this industrial facility…

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…actually the Commissioner’s Road Transfer Station.

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Not Battery Park, on the south tip of Manhattan…

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…this is Harbourfront, with the Amsterdam BrewHouse on the left.

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We haven’t seen as much of it this season, but it’s been previously established that the lobby of the Stoneheart Building is merely the lobby of Roy Thomson Hall.

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When a nuke goes off and we go outside into the orange-tinted haze…

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…we’re just outside…

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…in David Pecaut Square.

And so endeth the third season of The Strain. Crews for season four are already at work creating a post-nuke NYC, so there’s at least a little more fun to be had.