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

Take a vampiric bite out of the Big Apple—er, Toronto.

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Another 10 hours of exciting, vampiric, (and literally) post-apocalyptic, New York-set adventures just finished airing, and honourary Hogtowner Guillermo del Toro and his adept crew are already gearing up for a fourth season of The Strain. The third season gives us plenty to chew on, giving us not just a well-disguised, war-torn New York City but the added bonus of subtitles letting us know exactly where we aren’t.

(And, um, if you haven’t finished watching yet—spoiler alert!)

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We find our hero, Eph, living out in Queens…

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…actually, Durie Street in Runnymede. Alas, there does not seem to really be a Kelton Street.

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Eph then drives into town, along Richmond Street

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…ending up at their base of operations, which is down the road in Hamilton. It appears to be this handsome industrial area, on Landsdowne Street.

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Speaking of Richmond Street, here it is again, looking not too different from the actual 54th Street.


It’s home to the Olympian Club…

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…actually the Graphic Arts Building.

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Last season, the interior was played by the Carlu, but now it’s just an inspired-by set.

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Also allegedly on 54th Street is this open air market…

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…filmed over in the Junction.

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Farther south in New York, but farther east here…

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…Chinatown’s famous Mott Street is played by Gerrard Street.

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This SWAT attack, also in Chinatown…

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…is on Bond Street, with St. Michael’s Cathedral hanging in the background there.

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This garage…

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…and apartment block are definitely not in Greenwich Village…

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…but rather St. Jamestown.

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Fett is following things from this command centre…

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…in front of Commerce Court.

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The NYPD’s command centre…

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…is just the Toronto Hydro headquarters, down in the Port Lands. Cadman Plaza is actually at the base of the Brooklyn Bridge and is rather more urban.

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A frequent third season location is this park on 15th Street…

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…which is obviously Underpass Park (though the real 15th Street doesn’t seem to go under anything, except the High Line).

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This tower is supposed to be in the hipster capital, Williamsburg…

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…but it’s really CityPlace’s Luna condos.

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This distinctive gym pops up in a surprising number of productions…

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…it’s in Eastminster United Church.

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In case you’re bored spending all this time away from more locations on on Richmond Street, here we are, at the Victory Building.

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The end of the third episode takes place on this jetty and marina…

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…purportedly in Coney Island…

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…but actually at Ontario Place.

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Before, we had St. Jamestown playing lower Manhattan’s Greenwich Village. And here it is again…

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…even though it doesn’t actually look much more like upper Manhattan than it does lower, but close enough.

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This rooftop has a pretend New York skyline…

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…and is actually just at the Unilever site. A lot of productions will be out of luck when that place finally gets redeveloped, man.

All that, and we’re only half-way through the season. There’s more to come!

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