The novel Station Eleven takes place through many different time periods and locations. Time is measured from before and after the pandemic with Year 0 corresponding to the time of the Georgian Flu Outbreak and continues until Year 19 post-Pandemic. I am featuring the three locations I consider main below.
The novel opens in Toronto, on the night of Arthur Leander's final performance. On this same night, Toronto is also where the Georgian Flu spreads rapidly and kills the majority of the population because the city is so densely populated. Jeevan Chaudhary, another one of the main characters barricades himself and his brother in a condominium as they watched the city die.
The Museum of Civilization - Severn City Airport:
At the outbreak of the pandemic many people were travelling; however, many were forced to land at this airport in Severn City, Illinois. Several of the characters -- Elizabeth, her son Tyler and Arthur Leander's friend Clark -- were stranded here. After the pandemic airport had no electricity or heating and was low on resources. In later years the survivors founded the Museum of Civilization which featured everyday items used before the pandemic, including magazines, electronics and books. The Museum of Civilization also served as a refuge for any survivors after the pandemic.
St. Deborah by the Water:
15 years after the pandemic
the Travelling Symphony, or the last remaining artists, travel to a town called St. Deborah by the Water which is located near Lake Michigan. They had visited this town before on their circuit; however, this time when they return the town is run by a violent prophet who threatens the Travelling Symphony.