Secret Vancouver: Filming Locations

Have you ever watched a movie and suddenly realized that the scenes featured in the movie seemed so familiar that you could call it home?

Vancouver is known to be the third largest hub for the film industry in North America and is often called by its nickname “Hollywood North”. Vancouver sets the perfect scene for many movies and television series and is often used in disguise to portray other cities around the world.

Have a look at our list of filming locations around Vancouver. You would be surprised that some of your favourite movies were actually filmed right here in our own backyard!


Vancouver Art Gallery

The Vancouver Art Gallery was once the former courthouse. Its intricate architecture has acted as a marvellous set for over 100 film productions. Some of your favourite TV series like “Scooby-Doo 2” and “Smallville”, and movies such as “X-Files”, “Life unexpected”, “X-men: The Last Stand”, “Night at the museum” and “The Accused” were filmed at the Vancouver Art Gallery.


Marine Building

The Marine building, built in 1930, was once named the tallest building in the British Empire. The beauty of this building is featured in many productions for its terracotta tiled entrance, elaborate revolving doors and majestic lobby. This building has appeared in “Smallville”, “Fantastic four”, “Life or something like it” and many more films.


Orpheum Theatre


The Orpheum Theatre’s beauty was captured in many famous movies & TV productions and has become one of the busiest filming locations in the city. Productions such as “Battlestar Galactica”, “Fringe”, “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1” were filmed here. We are so lucky as the BEST WESTERN PLUS Chateau Granville Hotel & Suites & Conference Centre is located just steps away from the Orpheum Theatre.


The Pacific National Exhibition


Buildings like the Pacific Coliseum and the agrodome have been featured in recent blockbusters such as “The rise of the planet of the apes”, “Happy Gilmore” and “Final destination 3”.


The Simon Fraser University

Movies like “The 6th Day”, “Fallen”, or “The day the earth stood still”, are just a few of the many movies that were filmed in the beautifully crafted SFU Campus in Burnaby. The building was designed by the architectural Vancouver guru – Arthur Erickson.


White Pine Beach at Buntzen Lake


One of Vancouver’s hydro lakes, Buntzen Lake has been featured in “Twilight: Eclipse”, “Smallville”, “Supernatural” and “Life unexpected”.


Fort Langley


Although Fort Langley is about 45 minutes out of Vancouver, we feel it deserves to be on this list. Many movies and television shows have captured its famous community hall in their scenes. Fort Langley has become a popular filming spot due to its scenic beauty. TV series such as “Vampire diaries”, “Supernatural” and the movie “Are we there yet?” were all filmed in Fort Langley.


University of British Columbia


The UBC campus is a popular film location with a great combination of both new and old buildings. UBC has been lucky to showcase themselves through some great films including “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”, “Taken”, “The Exorcism of Emily Rose”.


Its rich culture, cobble –stone road ways can act as a perfect setting for any movie. Many film directors have maximized Gastown’s unique neighbourhoods for their films. “The final cut”, “21 jump street”, “Murphy’s law”, “Supernatural” and “The wise guy” were all filmed in Gastown.

Granville Island


Granville Island is home to many famous films such as “Good Luck Chuck “,”Saving Silverman” and “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol”.


The city of Vancouver truly is one of the top picks for the silver screen industry, with some of the best movies having been filmed here. Vancouver has the perfect scenic beauty, culture and personality to host any movie genre from comedy to romance, action or thriller.

Our list just mentioned a few of Vancouver busiest filming locations. Do you know of any other popular filming spots in Vancouver? We would love to hear from you.

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