Home Advent Calendar Day 18: Brokeback Mountain Campsite, Kananaskis Country

Day 18: Brokeback Mountain Campsite, Kananaskis Country

written by Tiia / Fangirl Quest December 18, 2016

Bear warnings! Bear warnings everywhere! This sceneframe from the Brokeback Mountain campsite location in Kananaskis Country was one of the most nerve-wrecking we’ve ever done. The area is absolutely stunning and we really wish we could go back for a longer stay some day… but if we do, we’re definitely bringing someone who actually knows something about hiking in the wilderness.

Sceneframing Brokeback Mountain in Kananaskis County

Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger in Brokeback Mountain, filmed in Alberta, Canada.

Some of the Brokeback Mountain locations were filmed in the Calgary city area, which made our work easy enough. But the scenes filmed in the Kananaskis mountains really required some so called guts. Everywhere we stopped, there was a sign telling us to “be bear aware”, with instructions to carry around a bear spray (such a thing really exists, can you believe it?!) and other handy tips on how to, well, basically not get eaten by a grizzly.

We even saw some real, live, wild grizzlies near a visitor center a few miles from this particular location, but we decided to try and go for it anyway.

When we found the right narrow dirt road that would take us near Jack Twist’s (Jake Gyllenhaal) and Ennis Del Mar’s (Heath Ledger) original camp site, we started questioning the whole mission. We parked, we thought about it, then decided to just “have a little peek over the hill”.

And we just kept on going. We only had less than half a mile between us and the location, but that half a mile was all bear country. With no people, buildings or any other kind of safety nearby. We sang bear songs, we shouted friendly things to them, we even pleaded for our lives in a very loud voice.

We’re idiots. Why are we so stupid? No-one knows we’re here. We’re going to die.

The photo moment in the location itself was a quick and shaky one. It was raining, it was freezing cold, and we were very bear aware. The temptation to ignore all warnings and just run out of there was not a small one, we can say. But we managed to walk back in a calm and controlled manner… while singing the ridiculous bear songs all the way.

Phew. Let’s not do that ever again, ok?

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Brokeback Mountain campsite on Google Maps

Our advent calendar will feature movie & TV sceneframes and short stories from filming locations we’ve visited during our Fangirl Quest years. You can follow the calendar by checking back in the Advent Calendar tag and check out all the movie locations in this handy map, updated as we go!

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