Where was Keep Breathing filmed and can you visit Inuvik in real life?

The survival drama is mostly shot on location

The main character of Keep Breathing kneeling next to the body of a man, with a lake and forest in the background
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The new Netflix drama is set amongst the wilderness, but where was Keep Breathing filmed?

Keep Breathing follows the story of Liv, a Manhattan-based lawyer, who finds herself stranded when her plane to Canada crashes. The survival drama has had viewers on the edge of their seats, with many wanting the Keep Breathing ending explained (opens in new tab), much like the Virgin River season four ending (opens in new tab)

It's the latest in a number of gripping Netflix shows that have dominated Netflix's top 10 list, alongside the likes of Stranger Things, plus The Most Hated Man on the Internet - a documentary bout revenge porn criminal Hunter Moore (opens in new tab) And we've shared all-the-need to know details about where Keep Breathing was filmed.

Where was Keep Breathing filmed?

Keep Breathing is both set and filmed on location in British Columbia, Canada. The city scenes were shot in Vancouver - with Downtown Vancouver used for the scenes shot in New York City, whilst the water scenes were filmed in the Cheakamus River.

Canada-based news website Narsity rounded up some of the other locations across British Columbia, which include Squamish hiking trails, skiing village Whistler - including the Olympic Park, which was closed during filming - Mission, Vancouver Island and Cobble Hill, a small village on the island.

When not filming outside, the Keep Breathing crew spent a lot of time at Vancouver Film Studios. The studio studio comprises of 13 purpose-built sound stages and buildings and other production-related requirements. Another indoor location was the Rollerland building in Vancouver, where the crew constructed a plane replica, along with other sets for indoor filming.

Showrunners Martin Gero and Brendan Gall told CBC (opens in new tab) "We really wanted to, as Canadians, bring the world to Canada as Canada, and not have it be a substitution for something else. We started to come on this idea of trying to figure out how to get all of the world to the Canadian wilderness in a way that could also be thrilling."

Gall compared filming to an extreme sport, saying "We just had to jump in, and we just were so lucky with what we got and what we were able to accomplish."

Is Inuvik a real place?

Yes, Inuvik is a real city in the Northwest Territories of Canada  - 200km north of the Arctic Circle. The quant Canadian town currently has a population of around 3,400 people.

In Keep Breathing, Liv is trying to get to Inuvik to reunite with her estranged mother. Her commercial flight gets delayed, so she takes a private flight with two strangers, which later crashes into a lake in the Canadian wilderness.

The official Inuvik website (opens in new tab) describes its people as "a close-knit community that balances tradition and modern living. Hunting, handmade crafts, and drum dancing are a part of life in Inuvik, along with watching a hockey game on cable or satellite TV."

Can you visit Inuvik in real life?

You can visit Inuvik in real life. You can either drive there, along the Dempster Highway, which starts in Dawson City, Yukon, or you can fly. The two airlines that fly to Inuvik are Canadian North and Air North.

While spring, summer and autumn are short, Inuvik has a wealth of activities to try in the winter, including snowmobiling, snowshoeing, winter camping, cross-country skiing and ice fishing, as well as watching the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights).

There are plenty of parks and camping sites to stay in, as well as a handful of hotels. 

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When was Keep Breathing filmed?

Filming in Canada began on June 28, 2021 and finished on September 20, 2021. Post-production editing took a further 11 months, with the series finally being released on Netflix on Thursday 28 July, 2022.

It's clear that the experience has left it's mark on leading lady Melissa Barrera, who recently posted a picture on Instagram (opens in new tab) from her time filming, with the caption "I left a piece of myself on this lake."

Other snaps she's shared from the set include a selfie (opens in new tab) with the caption "Last Sunday in Whistler" and, more recently, a photo dump (opens in new tab) with behind-the-scenes shots of the actress and her co-star Jeff Wilbusch, which include the replica plane and the crew filming scenes in the water.

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She also shared a post about how 'obsessed' she was with rock skipping while on set - which they actually incorporated into a scene.

Prior to Keep Breathing, Barrera has starred in telenovelas such as Siempre tuya Acapulco and Tanto amor, and played Sam Carpenter in Scream 5.

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Ellie Hutchings
Ellie Hutchings

Ellie joined Goodto as a Junior Features Writer in 2022 after finishing her Master’s in Magazine Journalism at Nottingham Trent University. Previously, she completed successful work experience placements with BBC Good Food, The Big Issue and the Nottingham Post, and freelanced as an arts and entertainment writer alongside her studies. In 2021, Ellie graduated from Cardiff University with a first-class degree in Journalism.