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This article focuses on the Fairy Tale Land realm.
For the world with a similar alias, see the Underworld.
For the Season Five episode, see "The Broken Kingdom".

Camelot is a place of second chances. Who you were doesn't matter, just who you are.

King Arthur to Regina src

Camelot, formerly known as the Broken Kingdom, is a Fairy Tale Land realm featured on ABC's Once Upon a Time. It débuts in the graphic fiction novel, Out of the Past.

Camelot is based on the location of the same name from the Arthurian Legend, from the novel "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court", and on England from the Disney film The Sword in the Stone.


Before First Curse

After Merlin gains magic and immortality from the Holy Grail, he accidentally turns a desert into grasslands, which, in time, becomes the village of Camelot. Five hundred years later, he becomes renowned as a healer, with his own tower in the village to conduct magical research. With his ability of foresight, he always knows what people desire when they come to him for help, except he is unable to get a read on a refugee named Nimue, whose village was destroyed by Vortigan. Love blossoms between them, and to ensure he can spend the rest of his natural life with her, Merlin decides to forge the Holy Grail into a sword and do away with his magic and immortality. Instead, Nimue secretly drinks from the grail and commits an act of darkness by killing Vortigan, turning herself into a great and powerful evil known as the Dark One. To keep him from taking away her magic, she breaks the sword. Merlin fashions the broken tip into a dagger to bind her to its power, while the rest of the sword is embedded in a stone to be pulled out by the kingdom's true ruler. In a moment of weakness, Merlin is unable to kill her, to which Nimue turns him into a tree. Many years later, a young Arthur receives a prophecy from the tree Merlin, who tells him of his fate to be king after freeing Excalibur. ("The Dark Swan", "The Price", "The Broken Kingdom", "Nimue")

Sometime after these events, the portal-jumper Jefferson enters in a castle of Camelot, hoping to steal riches from the royal treasury, but instead, he meets a fellow thief named Priscilla. Before the guards come to catch them, he and Priscilla escape through the portal hat. ("Out of the Past")

As an adult, Arthur fulfills his prophecy, but he becomes obsessed with finding the sword's missing half, to the point of neglecting his wife Guinevere, who attempts to retrieve the dagger, only to gain enchanted sand as a substitute. Upon realizing their marriage is in shambles, she gives him an ultimatum, but he uses the sand on her to make her stay. Arthur throws the rest of the sand on the village grounds; transforming it into a castle. ("The Broken Kingdom")

Before Third Curse

Because of a prophecy from Merlin, King Arthur and his knights come to believe Emma and her allies will help them find the missing sorcerer. He welcomes the guests into his castle, not knowing Emma is the Dark One, as Regina claims the title of savior in her place. During a ball held in his guests' honor, Sir Percival attempts to kill Regina, out of revenge for what she did to his village years ago. With Robin Hood injured from the altercation and Regina having no means to heal him, Emma uses her dark powers to restore him. ("The Dark Swan", "The Price")

When the heroes discover a magical toadstool can help them communicate with Merlin, David volunteers to retrieve it. Arthur insists on accompanying on, though he secretly sabotages the mission by pocketing the toadstool for himself, and letting David believe the quest is a failure. Upon their return, David becomes the newest knight of the Round Table. During the ceremony, Mary Margaret exits to the hallway, where she meets a still living Lancelot, who warns that Arthur cannot be trusted. Now that David is part of his inner circle, Arthur reveals the truth about Excalibur's missing half and wants help finding the dagger. David and Mary Margaret have opposing views about trusting Arthur, but they settle their differences and develop a ruse to test Arthur. After capturing Arthur, they are apprehended by the Camelot knights, and Guinevere influences David and Mary Margaret with enchanted sand in the hopes of gaining the dagger. Emma stops her parents before they get the dagger and teams up with Regina to make a spell to free Merlin. As assurance the spell will work, Emma obtains a key ingredient, a fresh tear from a broken heart, by making Violet Morgan reject Henry. After Merlin is restored, the heroes work to steal Excalibur from Arthur, but Arthur gains help from Zelena to tether Merlin to the dagger, giving him control over the sorcerer. ("Siege Perilous", "The Broken Kingdom", "Dreamcather", "Nimue")

Hook receives a deadly wound in a battle with Arthur. In a desperate bid to save the man she loves from dying, Emma uses dark magic to tether Hook to Excalibur, creating another dark one. ("Birth")

Arthur and Zelena travel from Camelot to DunBroch in search of an Enchanted Helm that can influence people into fighting for their cause. ("The Bear King")

Emma summons Hook using Excalibur, and gives him the sword in an attempt to prove that she trusts him. However, since she lied to him earlier about no longer having Excalibur, he no longer trusts her. Later that night, a purple cloud of magic engulfs Camelot, as the Dark Curse, cast by Hook, transports the Storybrooke guests, as well as Arthur, Guinevere and the other residents at the Camelot Castle, to the Land Without Magic. When Merida travels into the woods near Camelot, she too is swept up by the curse. ("Broken Heart")


For detailed location information, please see the Camelot Locations category and the list of minor Camelot locations.



On-Screen Notes

Set Dressing

Filming Locations

  • Minaty Bay, a populated locality in the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District[6] doubles as Camelot for "The Dark Swan" beach scene with King Arthur, Lancelot and Percival,[7] and the forest where Sir Kay tries to pull Excalibur from the stone.[8]
  • The scene where Emma and her friends enter King Arthur's castle in "The Dark Swan",[9] the scene by the Merlin tree in "The Price",[10] the Middlemist Field scenes in "The Broken Kingdom"[11] and "Birth",[12] the horseback scene with Hook and Emma in "The Broken Kingdom",[11][13] the village scenes in "The Broken Kingdom"[13] and "Nimue",[14] the scenes outside Granny's Diner[15] the scene where Henry is talking to his mothers in the forest and the scene where Emma and Regina free Merlin from the tree in "Dreamcatcher",[16] and the "Nimue" scenes at the entrance to the abandoned tunnel outside the castle,[17] were all filmed in Burnaby's Central Park.
    • The Apprentice's Cottage from Season Four[18] doubles as one of the village cottages from "The Broken Kingdom".[19] This can easily be seen from the identical architecture and window panes and the identical pattern of the brick stones (the ones around the window are easiest to compare).
    • A redressed version of the cottage was used for the exterior of Brennan's cottage in "Swan Song".[20] The wooden floor on the Apprentice's front porch was replaced by a stone floor and climbing plants were added to the walls to make the cottage look different.
    • The same set doubles as the exterior of the Woodcutter's cottage in "Sisters".[21] Although the cottage was heavily redressed to double as the Woodcutter's home (most noticeably, the roof of his cottage has a completely different shape and the chimney is in a different position), the door, the window panes and the pattern of the brick stones (again, the ones around the window are easiest to compare) are the same.
    • The cottage was once again reused, for Fiona and Malcolm's cottage, in the Season Six episode "The Black Fairy".[22] This can be seen from the identical pattern of the brick stones (the ones on the right hand side of the lower half of the door are easiest to compare). The Apprentice's roof tiles were replaced with a thatched roof for this episode.


Note: "Archive" denotes archive footage.

See also


  1. Mitovich, Matt Webb (September 13, 2015). Once Upon a Time Season 5 Preview: Emma/Hook in Danger, Regina's Great Challenge, 'Hannibal' Zelena and More. TVLine. “TVLINE | To be clear, Camelot's timeline is parallel to ours? HOROWITZ | It works just like The Enchanted Forest or Arendelle. They're all just a few days ride away from each other.”
  2. Schwartz, Terri (October 30, 2015). ONCE UPON A TIME: AMY MANSON REVEALS THE BRAVE TWIST THAT "UTTERLY SHOCKED" HER. IGN. “So Belle wakes up on a boat in the ocean heading towards DunBroch, and they have a standoff. (...) It was just lovely to go back in time and see her and her wearing her heart on her sleeve, on her home island.”
  3. TwitterLogo.svg @AndrewChambliss (Andrew Chambliss) on Twitter. "yep!" (screenshot)
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  6. Minaty Bay. Advantage Waste. Retrieved on January 25, 2019. “Minaty Bay is a small community in the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District which includes Cheekye, Coquitlam, Nanaimo, Pitt Meadows, Whistler Village, Garibaldi Highlands and Ladner. Sea Island, Lulu Island, Gabriola Island, Roberts Bank Superport, Peace Arch Park and Galiano Park, Browning Lake and Zorro Bay are also around this area.”
  7. TwitterLogo.svg @leafladygreens (Sara McCulloch) on Twitter. "Here's a few more pics of.....,. Yes it's Minaty Bay, yesterday on set" (screenshot)
  8. InstagramIcon.png vfxsup (Craig Clarke). October 8, 2015. "Minaty Bay, Bc" (archive copy)
  9. FlickrIconTemplate.png Lawrence Andreutti. Once Upon A Time July 14, 2015 (July 14, 2015).  "Once Upon a Time set photos from Central Park, Burnaby, BC (Camelot) taken on July 14, 2015.(archive copy)
  10. Gittins, Susan (July 24, 2015). SET: ONCE UPON A TIME's Camelot Set in Burnaby's Central Park. Hollywood North.
  11. 11.0 11.1 Gittins, Susan (August 19, 2015). SET: ONCE UPON A TIME's CaptainSwan (Colin O’Donoghue & Jennifer Morrison) Horse Ride in Burnaby's Central Park. Hollywood North.
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  13. 13.0 13.1 FlickrIconTemplate.png Lawrence Andreutti. Once Upon A Time August 17, 2015 (August 17, 2015).  "Once Upon a Time set photos from Central Park, Burnaby, BC (Camelot) taken on August 17, 2015. (archive copy)
  14. TwitterLogo.svg @zenothe (Jason Murphy) on Twitter (screenshot)
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    FlickrIconTemplate.png Lawrence Andreutti. Once Upon A Time September 22-23, 2015 (September 22, 2015).  "Once Upon a Time set photos from Central Park, Burnaby, BC (Camelot) taken on September 22-23, 2015.(archive copy)
  15. InstagramIcon.png vfxsup (Craig Clarke). August 10, 2018. "Throw back to seasons past... Jmo the dream weaver 😊" (archive copy)
  16. FlickrIconTemplate.png Lawrence Andreutti. Once Upon A Time August 28, 2015 (August 28, 2015).  "Once Upon a Time set photos from Central Park, Burnaby, BC (Camelot) taken on August 28, 2015.(archive copy) (archive copy of page 2)
    FlickrIconTemplate.png Lawrence Andreutti. Once Upon A Time August 27, 2015 (August 27, 2015).  "Once Upon a Time set photos from Central Park, Burnaby, BC (Camelot) taken on August 27, 2015.(archive copy)
    InstagramIcon.png vfxsup (Craig Clarke). October 4, 2018. "One of the new pics included in the photo book. Apparently it looks great, although I am still yet to see one myself 😂" (archive copy)
  17. Gittins, Susan (September 24, 2015). SHOOT: ONCE UPON A TIME Films Camelot Stunts with The Charmings, Regina, Robin Hood, Zelena & Hook in Burnaby's Central Park. Hollywood North.
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