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Top 5 Filming Locations in the Lower Mainland

Posted on February 19, 2017

CityMash.com - Ever recognize a location in a movie or an episode of your favourite TV show? As Vancouver continues to pick up steam with more television & movie productions, there is definitely no shortage of recognizable filming locations in Hollywood North. From spectacular parks to iconic landmarks, there’s more than one place that Hollywood executives love filming in.

Take a look at our exclusive list of the most popular filming locations in Vancouver and play tourist in your hometown.

Vancouver Art Gallery

Arrow Filming at Vancouver Art Gallery. Photo Credit: Vancity Filming

Did you know that over 100 films and TV shows have used the Vancouver Art Gallery as a filming location? The iconic gallery is a definite stand out in popular CW network shows such as Arrow and Smallville. It’s also been used in legendary sci-fi shows such as The X-Files, Stargate SG-1 and Fringe.  The art gallery has even made an appearance in films such as X-Men: The Last Stand, Battle in Seattle and The Core.

Riverview Hospital

Supernatural Filming at Crease Clinic, Riverview Hospital. Photo Credit: Supernatural Locations

The mental health facility in Coquitlam has seen several prominent sci-fi and horror TV shows and films shoot scenes on the premises. Supernatural films inside Crease Clinic and TV shows such as Dark Angel, Battlestar Galactica, Stargate: Atlantis, The X-Files and Fringe have also filmed there.  Psychological horror movies such as Jennifer’s Body, Halloween: Resurrection and the nail-bitingly creepy Shutter Island have also used Crease Clinic.

Steveston

Once Upon a Time filming in Steveston. Photo Credit: Steveston Insider

The active fishing port is a popular spot for fans of Once Upon a Time, who frequently make trips out to Richmond to see stars like Jennifer Morrison. But this busy waterfront has also seen filming traffic from other TV shows such as The Highlander TV series starring Adrian Paul and The Secret Circle.

Gastown

Fifty Shades of Grey Filming in Gastown. Photo Credit: Vancity Buzz

Vancouver’s national historic neighborhood isn’t just home to the renowned Steam Clock, but it’s also one of the city’s busiest destinations for filming. Scenes from Heath Ledger’s last movie, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus were filmed in the neighborhood and fans of the legendary martial artist Jet Li will recognize Gastown in Romeo Must Die. Will Smith’s I, Robot, Fifty Shades of Grey and the 1910s period piece Legends of the Fall were also shot in the area.

Stanley Park

Fringe Filming at Stanley Park. Photo Credit: Vancouver Is Awesome

The stunning 405-hectare park in Vancouver’s downtown core has been home to many popular film and TV productions. Tim Burton’s Big Eyes, Fifty Shades of Grey, Supernatural and The Man in High Castle have all filmed scenes in Vancouver’s legendary green space.  Other productions that have filmed there include TV series such as Psych, Fringe and Stargate SG-1.

Know any other popular filming destinations in the Lower Mainland? Let us know!

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Written by Lilian Sue
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