Where was The 100 filmed?
Vancouver, British Columbia
About The 100
Based on the young adult book series of the same name by Kass Morgan, The 100 follows a group of teens as they navigate a post-apocalyptic nightmare version of Earth. Centered around the main character, Clarke Griffin (Eliza Taylor), we meet a ragtag gang of individuals who quickly realize that they have to work together in order to survive.
As a science-fiction based show, the premise of The 100 is that the survivors of humanity live on a spaceship called the Ark. As supplies are dwindling, they start to send people back down to Earth to see if it’s inhabitable yet. Failing that, the Ark gets rid of some of the people who are eating up the last dregs of their supplies. Those lucky people whose lives are being risked? A hundred delinquent teens. It’s definitely a large leap from juvenile detention, but it is the end of the world.
Unbeknownst to anyone on the Ark, there are actually people surviving on the nuclear wasteland version of Earth – Grounders. With near constant wars between rival clans of Grounders, cannibalism and the toxic conditions of the Earth, there is a lot that Clarke and the other 99 descenders need to contend with. It’s clear that despite their delinquent status, they’re going to need each other.
As the seasons go on, the initial 100 take hit after hit, and the more they learn about this new Earth, the more they discover that they don’t know anything at all. With romance, violence, danger, action and more, this show has something for everyone which is probably why it ran for seven seasons and exactly 100 episodes.
The 100 Locations
So, where can possibly stand in for a post-apocalyptic wasteland version of Earth and have the space and emptiness to make everywhere seem uninhabited? British Columbia in Canada of course!
Vancouver has now got a reputation as the Hollywood of the North thanks to a lot of tasty tax breaks for the film industry and the wide variety of location styles the area provides. Need a disused mine? It’s here. Want a windswept beach? Yep, got it. Need acres upon acres of undisturbed forest? British Columbia has it in spades.
The 100 production team needed somewhere that had a lot of variety to bring Kass Morgan’s books to life. After all, when you’re adapting such a beloved book series into a TV show, you need to make sure you appeal both to the existing fans and new ones who’ve never even heard of the book. Vancouver and the surrounding areas provided the perfect filming locations for the 100 shoots.
There are definitely cool spoilers ahead. If you’ve seen The 100 or read the books, you’re going to recognize some The 100 terrific action scenes.
The Ark lands scene in The 100
Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve
The whole premise of the show is to see if Earth is inhabitable once again so that the survivors who live on the Ark can land and start civilization another time. Seemingly, when Clarke and the gang survive and try to make contact with the Ark in season two, this solidifies the decision.
Instead of sending down more groups of people, the adults decide to land the Ark back on what they think is a fully sustainable Earth. Boy are they in for a surprise. Once they land, Marcus (Henry Ian Cusick) leads the survivors into a clearing near the remains of Alpha Station. He reassures them:
“We're here now. Everything's gonna be okay.” If only you knew Marcus.
This site is used again and again during the course of the show, and this particular filming location is a common sci-fi site, having been used by Stargate, The X-Files and Charmed.
The Reclaimed Gravel Pit is located in the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve just outside Lynn Creek in Vancouver. It’s home to over 60 miles of trails, so if you’re looking to explore nature and check out The 100 filming locations, this is the place to visit.
Introducing Mount Weather scene in The 100
Annacis Island Wastewater Treatment Plant
While the inhabitants of the Ark are landing just outside, Clarke has bigger problems just a short distance away. At the end of season one, we see Monty (Christopher Larkin) and Clarke waking up in separate cells having arrived at the Mount Weather Quarantine Ward.
In season two, we pick up with Monty being nowhere to be seen and Clarke being shown around by the leader of the Mountain Men, President Dante Wallace (Raymond J. Barry). Immediately, Clarke doesn’t trust him, and as it turns out her instincts are correct.
Trying to win her over, Wallace says: “You're not fighting for your life anymore, Clarke. You've made it. Welcome to Mount Weather.”
In order to bring Mount Weather to life, The 100 production team needed somewhere that looked aged and industrial with a lot of different sections and tunnels. The chosen location? Annacis Island Wastewater Treatment Plant.
It may not be glamorous, but it really did bring Mount Weather to life. When Clarke is being taken on a tour of the facilities, it’s in the connecting tunnels around the plant. This spot is used as a research facility a lot on camera, having doubled as LutherCorp on Smallville and being featured in Arrow.
The 104 bus does stop outside the plant, but as it is a working wastewater treatment plant, it’s unlikely that you can get a tour of The 100 filming location.
Escaping the Grounders scene in The 100
Britannia Mine Museum
More season one excitement awaits. After being taken prisoner by the Grounders, led by Anya (Dichen Lachman), yet again, Clarke and Finn know that they have to escape and try to get back to their camp. With help from Lincoln (Ricky Whittle), they navigate the dangerous reaper-filled tunnels to escape.
Here, Lincoln seemingly sacrifices himself so that Clarke and Finn can warn the others, especially his lover Octavia (Marie Avgeropoulos). Seemingly being the keyword here. During the escape, Clarke asks:
Clarke: “Where are we supposed to go?”
Lincoln: “In my book, there's a map. Chart a course to the eastern sea. There's a clan there, led by a woman called Luna, a friend. Tell her I sent you.”
Finn: “Thank you.”
Lincoln: “Just get Octavia out of there.”
These tunnels are actually filmed in the Britannia Mine Museum, which is just up the coast from Minaty Beach in the town of Britannia Beach. You can visit and get tours around this historic museum, and it’s open daily.
Again, you’re going to want to drive here, as public transport is pretty much non-existent up here.
Trying to save Jasper scene in The 100
Spur 7 Beach
Early on in the show in season one, we see our newly descended friends almost immediately get in some hot water. After rescuing Jasper (Devon Bostick) from the Grounders in the previous episode, they discover that his wound is badly infected. If he doesn’t get some kind of help, he’s going to die.
Clarke, Finn (Thomas McDonell) and Wells (Eli Goree) head towards the River to gather plants to help heal him. On the way, they discuss the various things that might help heal his infection. When Finn suggests rubbing alcohol, Wells replies:
Wells: "Alcohol's toxic."
Finn: "This is Earth. Everything's toxic."
This riverside site is actually Spur 7 Beach within the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve. The 100 production team used this reserve a lot thanks to the variety of location styles that sit within it. This means if you want to hit up a number of The 100 filming locations in one go, this place needs to be top of your list.
Spur 7 Beach is pretty far from the Lynn Creek trailhead and parking, so you’ll want to park up on the road nearby or if you’re in an adventuring mood, the Seymour Valley Trailway passes close by.
Jaha finds the hologram scene in The 100
The Vancouver Club
Back to season two – in their search for the City of Light, Jaha (Isaiah Washington) and Murphy (Richard Harmon) are exploring old buildings, looking for any kind of clue. After being separated, Jaha comes upon an old mansion. The curious thing is that it’s startlingly well-maintained and there are a series of drones circulating the area.
Inside, he finds a hologram of a woman, who is actually the depiction of the AI, A.L.I.E (Erica Cerra). He cannot believe what he’s seeing and says:
Thelonious Jaha: “You're not real.”
Alie: “Define "real." Your vessel is carbon-based. Mine is silicon. Your thoughts are chemical. Mine are digital.”
This opulent mansion is actually The Vancouver Club, an elegant building that’s home to top-notch dining and even a rooftop garden. It gets booked up pretty quick so if you’re wanting to hold an event there or even book a table, get in there quick.
Located a couple of streets back from Canada Place in Central Vancouver, The Vancouver Club is super accessible. We suggest getting off at the Waterfront station where you can travel by train, boat or bus and walking around the corner.
Trying to coerce Luna scene in The 100
We’ll move to season three. As the group tries to find a person to act as Flamekeeper in order to destroy A.L.I.E, Clarke thinks that Luna (Nadia Hilker), of the Boat People, might be the person to save them all.
They arrive on a beach at the edge of the ocean and light a signal fire. The next morning they awake drugged on an oil rig, with Luna having brought them aboard. As it turns out, she doesn’t want to accept the flame. This does not go down well with Clarke who tries to force it on her. Luna then kicks her out and the gang return to the beach.
Luna: Remember, Clarke, the path of violence is a choice.
Clarke Griffin: When the choice is "fight or die," there is no choice.
This beach is Minaty Bay, just outside of Britannia Beach in between Vancouver and Squamish. It’s a beautiful spot just off Highway 99. To get there you’re going to have to drive and probably stay in neighboring Britannia Beach. From here there are coastal trails both up and down the coastline.
Even though The 100 has reached its natural conclusion, it’s still a great show to rewatch time and time again. From the questionable decisions that Clarke and the gang make throughout the series to the way we end up rooting for them regardless of the dumb decisions they make, it’s definitely an interesting show that’ll keep you guessing until the very end.
Post-apocalyptic shows might not be the most relaxing ones to watch, but if you’re looking for some gritty, exciting and sometimes romantic escapism, The 100 is a great shout. There’s a reason that it’s beloved by both fans of the book series and TV only audiences – and that’s a rare balance to strike!
If you’re a fan of the show and find yourself in British Columbia, man, are you in for a treat. With The 100 filming locations being in such close proximity to each other, it’s pretty easy to create your own tour and pretend you’re walking in Clarke’s shoes.