Schitt’s Creek started slowly but has become an international sensation thanks in large part to streaming on Netflix. The comedy stars legendary Canadian actors Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara, along with Dan Levy and Annie Murphy.
Schitt’s Creek is produced in Canada and airs on CBC. In the US, it airs on Pop TV and streams worldwide on Netflix. The show is filmed in and around Toronto, which is a major production hub. If you are in the area, you can also visit locations from Hairspray, Stephen King’s It, and A Christmas Story. The interior scenes from Schitt’s Creek are filmed on a soundstage, and exterior shots use numerous nearby locations in Ontario.
The Rosebud Motel
The roadside motel used to portray the Rosebud Motel is located in Mono, Ontario, north of Toronto. The motel appears to be completely abandoned, and there was no signage when I visited. In fact, the front door of the main office was even left open.
The small town of Goodwood, Ontario depicts the town of Schitt’s Creek. Filming takes place all around the town, with numerous buildings featured in the show.
Despite the show depicting the motel being located right in the town, Goodwood is actually about an hour away from the motel. The show does a great job of blending the locations.
In the centre of town is the shop used as the Rose Apothecary. This shop is also used for interior locations. I had a chance to speak to the shop owner, who told me the production completely empties her store and puts up a fake back wall for filming. The shop is actually a wool shop, and only open on select days.
This is also where you will find the Cafe Tropical, where many scenes take place. Please keep in mind only exterior shots were filmed here, an all interior shots were filmed on a soundstage. This building is actually a private residence, so please be respectful.
On the other side of the highway you will find Bob’s Garage and gas station. This building is not actually a gas station, and just dressed as such for filming.
Schitt’s Creek Town Hall
Just down the road from the Garage is the Goodwood Lions Club. This is used as the Schitt’s Creek town hall. It is right next to a set of train tracks which have also been featured on the show.
***Please note the town hall building is now a private residence. It can be seen from the street, but please respect the privacy of the owners.***
Roland Schitt’s House
On Front street, just down from the Cafe Tropical, is the house of mayor Roland Schitt, and his wife Jocelyn. Numerous scenes have been filmed outside this house.
Herb Ertlinger Winery
Outside of Goodwood, the nearby town of Stouffville is home to Applewood Farm. This location is featured as Herb Ertlinger Winery on the show. In the first season Moira films a commercial at the winery and becomes increasingly drunk.
The winery is featured again in season 6, when Moira and David try to pick out a wine to be named after Moira. The wine tasting doesn’t go so well and Johnny and Patrick have to drive over and bring them home.
The Vet Clinic
Nearby, also in Stouffville, is Ted’s veterinary clinic. This is an real Vet office attached to a residential house. It is located along Main street, in the main part of the town. If you stop by, make sure you visit the Fickle Pickle for lunch. This is a cute family-run restaurant with great food.
The Wobbly Elm
The Wobbly Elm is a rural bar seen in numerous episodes, mostly in the first few seasons. While the interiors were filmed on a soundstage, the exteriors used a garage and woodworking shop about 30 minutes away from the town of Goodwood.
It appears that the front wall of the building was covered with a fake facade to cover the garage doors, and and small fake entrance was added as well.
David and Patrick’s House
In the 6th season, David and Patrick buy a cute cottage-looking house to live in after their wedding. The house is the location of a couple poignant scenes in the last couple episodes.
The 2nd Rosebud Motel
During the 6th season, Roland partners with Johnny and Stevie to expand the Rosebud empire. They end up purchasing a second roadside motel. This candy-cane striped Sherwood Motel is actually located in Brantford, Ontario, quite a distance from the other filming locations. I imagine they probably filmed the entire season’s worth of scenes at this motel at one time, to reduce the amount of travel.
The Wedding Venue
At the start of the 6th season, David brings Patrick, Stevie, and Alexis to visit his ideal wedding location. This beautiful castle-like location is not only stunning, but way out of their budget. These scenes were filmed at Graydon Hall Manor, located in the posh Graydon Hall neighbourhood of Toronto. This is a real wedding and conference centre, and when I visited, I was unable to get pictures of the gardens due to a wedding going on.
The Blouse Barn
The Blouse Barn is a clothing shop where David briefly works prior to opening the Rose Apothecary. The shop is actually a Crock-a-Doodle, which is a chain of paint-your-own-pottery shops throughout Ontario. The series featured the location in Unionville, Ontario.
If you get a chance to visit, Unionville is a very cute historic small town just north of Toronto. It is filled with shops and restaurants, and is a great place to spend an afternoon. It was also the original location of Gilmore Girls, before the show moved to Warner Bros Studios in Hollywood.
The Spa Retreat
In the season 4 episode The Jazzaguy, Stevie takes David to a spa retreat weekend to help them both get over their guy troubles. These scenes were filmed at the Monte Carlo Inn, a hotel just outside Toronto in Vaughn, Ontario.
While I didn’t get to go inside and take photos due to Covid 19 Pandemic, I suggest taking a look at this page from IAMNOTASTALKER, which features photos from inside the hotel, including the actually hotel room used for filming.
The Rose Mansion
In the very first episode features scenes of the Rose’s departing their Beverly Hills mansion after losing all their money. While the exterior shots used a real Beverly Hills home, the interiors were shot at a house in the ultra-rich York Mills area of Toronto. While not open to the public, even the exteriors of this house are stunning.
The house makes a reappearence in the 4th season episode Merry Christmas Johnny Rose. The episode features flashbacks to the Rose’s Christmas parties prior to losing their house.
The Cabaret Theatre
A brief establishing shot is used to show the theatre before Stevie and Patrick perform in Cabaret. The theatre used in this shot is the Capitol Theatre in Port Hope, Ontario. This same theatre is seen numerous times in It: Chapter One and Two, which were filmed in Port Hope.
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