Explore This! Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada)

Filed in Explore This , The Quirky Lover Posted on October 17, 2011 @ 2:00 pm 11 comments

 Our destination today doesn’t come from a direct source in my reading materials. Vancouver, B.C., I’m sure has been mentioned in many novels, particularly Canadian ones, but what is interesting is that it’s used as a place for filming some pretty cool book-to-film or TV shows. The obvious one is Twilight. Many of the scenes in all of the movies have been filmed in and around Vancouver, though mostly in the wilder areas.

Recently, L.J. Smith’s The Secret Circle has hit the small screen. Despite it’s fictional setting of Chance Harbour, Washington, it is actually filmed in Vancouver.

For me this city represents the “cool” part of Canada. While Toronto has its merits as a “place to be”, Vancouver holds its own with a beautiful blend of culture and urban living with no small amount of wilderness just around the corner. Check it out:

There are many places in Vancouver that look like they were
 made for a photo opportunity.

A neat picture showing urban vs wild.

With its setting on the West coast, there’s lots of potential for 
water sports, from large (expensive) boats to canoes.

Vancouver is perfectly located for winter sports too.

So many beautiful panoramas…

everywhere you look.

The Maritime Museum has a cool artsy look about it.

And in front of a library, this Inukshuk stands tall.

Totally majestic (and decadent, if you’re on that boat).

Where there is water, there is beach. This one 
looks a bit cold though.

This looks as though it has been untouched by man.
 A place of solitude (and bears, no doubt)

The islands around Vancouver, posing for their own photo op.

So, what do you think? Does it justify the number of Hollywood films/shows that are done on location here? Can you think of any other book-to’s that have been filmed in Vancouver? Have you/ would you visit? It’s a city within my own country but many, many miles kilometres away. It is definitely a top spot for me.

About Jackie

Jackie is a quirky mom, living in Ontario, Canada. She's a bookkeeper by day and a book lover by night. She also blogs at The Novel Nation and writes occasionally for Heroes and Heartbreakers.

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  • Mary October 17, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    Those pictures are great, what beautiful scenery. I live in Las Vegas to all I get to see is desert.

  • J-9 October 17, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    I actually have lived in the Vancouver area and there always seem to be tv shows and movies being shot around the city. I know that the TV show Supernaturals and Smallville were filmed there. I'm sure there are other too. Vancouver and it's area are a great mix of urban and nature areas that I think appeals to those filming movies or shows.

  • Kaylea Cross October 17, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    I've lived here in Vancouver my whole life, and it seems there's always some movie or TV series being filmed. We're totally used to it up here.

    I know I'm biased, but Vancouver is absolutely gorgeous–if you can stand the rain. It rains here A LOT. It's what keeps everything green and pretty, right through the winter months. That's another misconception I'd like to point out: we don't get a lot of snow in the city/suburbs, just up in the mountains where it belongs. If there's a snowfall in the city, it's a big hairy deal and the kids race home from school to make snowmen with the usually pitiful amount of snow on the ground, only to have it melt away within a day or so. We're all terrified to drive in the stuff.

  • LSUReader October 17, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    What beautiful photos. No wonder so much filming is done there. I think I'd choose Vancouver, too.

  • alainala October 17, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    i LOVE vancouver! my dad lives right outside and i love going to visit.. (and they have some of the best used bookstores ive found anywhere!!).. PS granville island is the best for shopping!!
    my dad has a running list of movies filmed in and around vancouver.. i believe the stargate atlantis shows, supernatural is filmed there, movies gazillions.. within like 5 hours you go from lush mountains to almost pure desert and back to snowy peaks.. i can see why they would want to film so many movies there for sure!!

  • Rebs @ Book-Rants October 18, 2011 at 8:17 am

    I live in Vancouver as well, I've always thought it so awesome that they film so much stuff here. And it doesn't rain that much..or maybe I just don't notice because the rain has never stopped me from doing anything!

  • Aurian October 18, 2011 at 10:09 am

    What gorgeous pictures! Here in Holland plenty of rain as well, but no mountains, lots of sandy beaches and boats though as we have a long coastline too.

  • Vojalyn October 18, 2011 at 10:19 am

    Oh my God, I want to see these places! They're beautiful!

  • sara October 18, 2011 at 11:15 am


    yes! I was laughing while looking at the photos. None of them had rain in them!

    Vancouver is stunningly beautiful though, regardless of the weather. I think it's worth mentioning that we have the best mountain biking in the world, too.

    I really like reading books and watching movies filmed here. I did, however, get freaked with the last book I read, which happened to be set in the suburb I live in, Out of Her League, by Kaylea Cross. It's kind of freaky reading romantic suspence set in the very same places you walk by every day. Great book, though!

  • Alisha (MyNeedToRead) October 18, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    Seriously, that first photo looks like an urban paradise.

    Indeed, so many films are being shot there. I have a couple of friends from the city, and they regale me with tales of going to see films that take place in a range of locations, only to recognize buildings and landmarks as that of their hometown. i bet Vancouverans (is that the right demonym) get to have an added blast at the movies.

  • Sheree October 23, 2011 at 3:55 am

    I've always wanted to visit Vancouver! Except when they lose the Stanley Cup, of course.

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