Drumheller, Alberta – The skilled labour, tax breaks and the spectacular scenery of Alberta have made it a mecca for ‘western’ film shoots, including the stunt-filled, action-adventure Shanghai Noon, starring Jackie Chan, Owen Wilson and Lucy Lui.
The story-line would have you believe it was shot in Nevada, but nope, the setting is really Alberta. Locations included CL Ranch in Calgary, Morley and Wayne – an almost ghost town about 13 km from Drumheller where you can grab a meal at the Last Chance Saloon. You can soak up the old west atmosphere – check out the bullet holes in the wall and drink a pint out of a mason jar, while they barbeque you a meal on the patio.
As you drive there from Drumheller, after you pass Rosedale there is a 6 km stretch where you cross 11 one-lane metal bridges. They made it into the Guinness Book of World Records for being the most bridges to be found within the shortest distance.
Want to walk like a cast member? Alberta Boots at 614 10 Ave. SW in Calgary, outfitted the cast for this and other locally-shot famous westerns, including: Legends of the Fall, Texas Rangers and Brokeback Mountain. They custom make and have 12,000 pairs in stock, and lots of stories they could tell, having outfitted everyone from Kevin Costner to Sam Elliot and Brad Pitt.
515-539 Jewell Street, Rosedale, Wayne, Alberta, Canada (near Drumheller)