Gilmore Girls: Season 1 - Episode 1; "Pilot"

The Pilot Episode Was Originally Filmed In The Toronto Area But Some Of The Scenes Had To Be Re-shot At The Warner Brothers Backlot On Midwest Street.  I Tried To List The Locations From Both Of These Places In Case You Would Like To Visit Canada

  • (0:00)  Lorelai Gilmore Walking In Stars Hollow / Main Street, Unionville, Markham, Ontario

  • (0:00)  Lorelai Arriving At Luke's Diner / 156 Main Street, Unionville, Markham, Ontario

  • (0:04)  First Look At The Independence Inn / Brookfield Farms; 1464 Hidden Valley Road, Thousand Oaks (Note: This Is A Gated Private Residence That Is Set Way Off The Road So Don't Bother Trying To Go There)

  • (0:07)  Rory Walking With Lane Kim To The High School / Warner Bros; Midwest Street North Of The Gazebo Walking West, Burbank

  • (0:08)  Rory And Lane Going To School And Later Dean Forrester And Rory Leaving The School / Warner Brothers; Midwest Street West Of The Gazebo, Burbank

  • (0:10)  Rory And Lane Go To Lane's House Which Doubles As Lane's Mother's Business Kim's Antiques / Warner Bros; Midwest Residential Street South Of The Gazebo, Burbank (Note: This Is The First House On The Left Or On The East Side Of The Street)

  • (0:11)  Lane And Rory Going In The Door With The Glass Chimney Sign Behind Them / Hodgepodge Toys; 151 Main Street, Unionville, Markham, Ontario

  • (0:17)  Lorelai And Rory's House / Warner Bros; Just Southeast Of Midwest Street, Burbank (Note: The Entry Way At The Front Door Is The Only Part That You Can See On Tour As The Rest Of The Interior Was Built In A Sound Stage At Warner Bros)
    You Can Read More About This House At The Hooked On Houses Website By Clicking This Link

  • (0:19)  The Gilmore Mansion / 61 Binscarth Road, Toronto, Ontario, M4W 1Y4, Canada (Note: The Rest Of The Series The Gilmore Mansion Exterior And Interior Was Built In A Sound Stage At Warner Bros Except When Noted)

  • (0:25)  Rory And Dean Walking By Weston's Bakery / Warner Brothers; Southeast Corner Of French Street, Burbank

  • (0:29)  Lorelai And Rory Walking By Miss Patty's School Of Dance After Rory Watches A Very Bored Lane Go By On Her Hayride / Markham Train Station; 7 Station Lane, Unionville, Ontario (Note: The Train Station Has Been Remodeled A Little Bit But Is Still Recognizable. The Spot Where Miss Patty Is Standing Is Not Longer A Big Door But Is Now A Big Window)


  1. Awesome! Thanks.

  2. I just came across your blog and absolutely love this! And am TOTALLY jealous! :)

  3. So helpful! I'm near Markham so this will come in handy when I visit!

  4. Thanks so much for this. I can't wait to click on the other episodes :)

  5. I am 65 years old and for the past 3 or 4 weeks have been TOTALLY hooked on Gilmore Girls on Netflix. What's wrong with me???? It's the wit of the show. As I've gotten to season 3 episode 21, and yes I've done those 3 seasons in 3 or 4 weeks, I am totally hopeless. Anyway, you have a great site here. Thanks a bunch.

    1. Hi, thanks for the kind words. Gilmore Girls is my all time favorite show. I am still adding locations that I learn about.

  6. I'm trying to figure out a good location to buy plane tickets to for Christmas related to this show. IF you have any input that would be amazing!

  7. 165 main street Unionville no longer exists. Williams hardware is long gone.
    the building is still there but it's now a hair salon for men and the address has been changed to 177.

    yesterday I walked through the area.
    it was very nostalgic to stand and walk where Lauren did...
    I'll be visiting the old parent house this weekend.

    does anyone know why they chose this section of Unionville to film the pilot?
    really love the show hope there will be more. the Netflix cliffhanger was annoying...

  8. I gotta say you did a great job finding all these locations! It was pretty easy for me to find Lukes diner on Google Maps, but the Independence Inn.. I thought it was in the same town in Unionville. But it was far away on this hidden road. But I found it by using 3D overview mode. Thats the only way to see it. and yes it is very private. You cant even see the nearests road in street view! And looking at it in satelite mode it sure looks pretty. It like Minas Tirith in a dry desert. No wonder its private hehe.

    1. if you looked up the address given in Unionville, as mentioned the address has changed, it's now 177 and is a men's hairstyling business.
      someone posted a really good overlay photo of Luke's from the show and Williams hardware.
      if you compare the building style it's definitely the sane one. but 165 no longer exists :(
      it's really nice to have been able to walk and stand in the exact places Lauren did... :)

    2. Try 156 Main Street, Unionville on google maps. I believe that's Luke's - check out upper etched windows.

    3. I agree, I found it there as well.

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