This Legion filming locations post is part of our bigger Vancouver filming locations guide!
One of the wackiest scifi shows out there, FX’s Legion is part of the X-Men universe and tells the story of a mutant called David Haller AKA “Legion”, played by Dan Stevens. The show also stars Aubrey Plaza, Rachel Keller and Jean Smart.
In the show, David has been diagnosed with schizophrenia at a young age and has been in and out of psychiatric hospitals ever since, all the way until his early thirties when the show takes place. We viewers join his life at a time when he’s just about to discover new possibilities through a series of trippy, unexpected events.
Legion’s season 1 was filmed in and around Vancouver. Showrunner Noah Hawley says that Vancouver “offers an amazing array of looks and feels and, obviously, a great crew base and everything.” Sets for the series were constructed in a warehouse in Burnaby, which included a 23,000-square-foot set for the interior of Clockworks Mental Hospital.
During our trip to Vancouver we had time to check out a few Legion filming locations, but the map below features a few extra ones. We’ll add more when and if we discover any new ones we think are worth visiting!
One of the more impressive Legion filming locations. The Arrow and Once Upon A Time crews have been here as well. You can read more about Whytecliff Park in this blog post.
Scene: Syd and her team help David escape where he is being held and they escort him down to the beach where he meets Melanie Bird.
Episode: 1×01, 1×06 and 1×07
Scene: David leaves the mental hospital in Syd’s body and sees three strange individuals getting out of a car (1×01). Lenny has therapy sessions with all the team members in her office in a dream version of the hospital and David is denied pie in the cafeteria (1×06). Lenny waits in the office for David to weaken so she can take over in episode (1×07).
A lot of scenes were filmed on the grounds of UBC. Below are some of the Legion filming locations you can visit at the university while going for a lovely, geeky afternoon stroll!
Scene: The outside cafe where David (in Syd’s body) sits outside, underneath a canopy.
Scene: David passes by the Plaza while running away from the bad guys, before continuing to the Main Mall.
Scene: Kerry and Ptonomy catch up on David.
Scene: David makes a call to the hospital to ask about Syd but has to flee when he sees Kerry and Ptonomy walking towards him.
Scene: David talks to Syd on a covered walkway where she tells him that it’s all in his mind and weird stuff happens.
Scene: David creates a classroom in his mind where he works through the parasite problem. Melanie walks through the hallway heading towards where frozen Oliver is being kept.
Episode: 1×02 and 1×07
Scene: David and Syd talk on the shore at Deer Lake Park. A short scene from episode 7 is also filmed here. Exact coordinates unavailable.
Scene: Dr. Poole’s lighthouse. The lighthouse doesn’t exist in real life, but the base for it does. Kerry, Ptonomy and Syd head over to the lighthouse to find out more about David, but it turns out to be a trap.
Scene: David sees Lenny across the street after his session with Dr. Poole.