Ginger Snaps (2000) Filming Locations

Ginger Snaps was the 2000 horror film that cast a spotlight on outcast female teens and gave a memorable perspective on the cinematic werewolf. This Canadian cult classic is my all time favourite film partly because its pure originality in the horror genre but also because it doubles as a strong coming of age story. Being the strange girl that I am it’s no wonder that this movie speaks to me. When I was younger I always felt a little bit like an outcast, as I’m sure many young people do at some point in their lives. The characters of Ginger and Brigitte were ones whom I understood all too well and instantly felt a strong connection to.

The movie was filmed just outside of Toronto in Scarborough, Etobicoke, and Brampton. Recently, it dawned on me that, despite living in the GTA, I never went out to visit the filming locations! After doing some research I came across the address for Scarlett Heights Entrepreneurial Academy in Etobicoke, which was used as the exterior set for the high school. Try as I might, I could not find the locations of the suburban scenes near Ginger and Brigitte’s house or the park that they walked to. I scanned Google Earth so many times but it was like looking for a needle in a haystack.

Although I only found an exact address for one filming location, I was pleasantly surprised at how many scenes were shot around different areas of the school. Lucky for me, the gas station across the street was another filming location, more specifically Ginger and Brigitte’s hang out spot!

I was on the edge of my seat and ready to hop out of the vehicle as we drove up to the school. The movie scenes kept replaying in my mind like a reel of film on replay. Below are all of the photos I took of the filming locations with a screenshot of the original movie scene attached.

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“Hey Ginger, I think we should get together.” The scene in front of the school when Jason asks Ginger out. The parking lot is barely recognizable now as weeds have grown out of its cracked surface. The yellow based light post still remains, as well as the electrical wires above. Notice the driveway and the dumpster/salt box in the front of the school.
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“Bore. She has that dog. We could kidnap it and make it look like it got eaten by the Beast of Bailey Downs. We still have all that blood and fake guts from the slide show.” The scene where Trina is “begging for negative attention” in the front of the school. The only major difference is that the doors have been repainted red.
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The grassy slope behind the gas station where Ginger and Brigitte hung out after school. The tree is still there and if you look closely you can make out the brick house across the street with the two front windows (the white shutters have since been taken down).
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“See, you let idiots get away with f**king you up. That’s why the big Buddha made me. To stop them.” The fenced in recycle/dumpster area behind the gas station next to Ginger and Brigitte’s hang out spot. The trees have since matured and the graffiti has been painted over in white.
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” Well, officer, looked like a lycanthrope to me, sir.” The side entrance of the school where Ginger smoked in Sam’s truck with Jason and his buddies, leaving Brigitte out on her own. Brigitte soon encounters Sam and inquires about what he hit with his truck. The path where Brigitte stood is still well used and the caged speaker phone behind Sam also remains.
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The bleachers where Jason and his buddies hooted and hollered at the girls’ field hockey games. An additional scene was filmed where Brigitte was reading by herself, getting up to leave after seeing Ginger throwing herself on Jason.
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“Well, thanks. I’ve just spent a week of my life looking for you, if you could just give me a sec.” The scene in front of the school where Sam tracks Brigitte down. Notice the “Bailey Downs” sign covering the school’s real name.
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“Wait. What’s your name?!” Same location, different angle. The scene where Brigitte practically flees from Sam.
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That gut wrenching moment when Brigitte tries to make up with Ginger and is turned down.
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Two scenes were filmed facing the grey box next to the back of the school: 1. Ginger and Jason make out fest. 2. When Sam calls Brigitte over during gym class to discuss tactics to fight the curse.
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The goal posts and field where the field hockey scenes took place.
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6 thoughts on “Ginger Snaps (2000) Filming Locations

    1. Thanks Kelsey! Yeah, I had a little too much fun with the photo editing, haha. We went a few weeks ago. I would have posted it sooner but I had my hands full with Halloween projects. You know how it is. 😛

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  1. Amazing post! All these pictures are awesome. Good to see the location hasn’t changed too much, just a little aged. I’ve always wondered what exactly the building Ginger and Brigitte sit behind after school was. A gas station! I figured it was still on the school grounds. You didn’t run into anyone who had a problem with you being there, right? I’d be so nervous that someone would ask what I was doing there, haha! I hope to see it someday!

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    1. Thank you so much, Kathryn! Yes, I was thankful that the location was relatively the same as well. I never imagined that Ginger and Brigitte were hanging out by a gas station either but I did a lot of research and spent a lot of time on Google Earth to find that exact location, haha. No, I didn’t run into anyone at all. It was actually pretty dead. We went on a weekend because I figured the school grounds would be less crowded then. There were security cameras on the property but we didn’t have any issues. You’ll get to see it some day and it will be worth it! 🙂

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  2. Awesome! Its like entering the world of Bailey Downs itself. What a shame you couldn’t find the Fitzgerald’s house or the park where she got bit…probably another city around. If I may ask, what is the book you are holding? I am an admin at Katharine Isabelle World and I own the GINGER SNAPS TRILOGY page on Facebook!
    I’d like to add your photos of the school location to our page if it’s ok with you.
    https://www.facebook.com/The-Ginger-Snaps-Trilogy-275181759182989/

    We are a small group of admins-probably the biggest fans around who got hooked to this underrated trilogy 17 years ago.

    Have you been to Fort Edmonton Park? This is where the entire 3rd film was shot and everything from it is still there as the entire movie set was not made up-they used what the Fort had to offer. You can book a visit anytime and enter the world of GINGER SNAPS THE BEGINNING. Hope to hear from you at our page, drop us a PM (message) and I would really like to hear from you…
    Cheers,
    David

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