I am extremely lucky to be able to call Greater Vancouver my home-base, as there’s so many amazing sights to see in this great city.
Living in Greater Vancouver, you become accustomed to seeing movie and TV sets wherever you go, especially in the summertime.
One of the perks of being a local is knowing some of the key landmarks from popular movies and TV shows. When friends visit, I start to feel like a Hollywood tour guide, showing off the best locations and hidden secrets.
If you’re planning on visiting Vancouver soon, here’s some great landmarks from your favourite movies and TV shows that you should check out!
Riverdale – Pop’s Chock’lit Shoppe
Mission, BC – Rocko’s Diner
Chances are, you’ve been following the TV series, Riverdale, enjoying the mystery and characters that we all know and love from the comic books in a new light. The majority of this show is filmed in the Greater Vancouver area, and a particular location you may be wanting to visit is the one and only, Pop’s Chock’lit Shoppe.
Look no further than the little city about an hour outside of Vancouver. This 24-hour diner was once a place I visited as a teenager, and is now quickly becoming a tourist attraction, as fans of the show sip milkshakes while excitedly taking photos.
Smallville – The Kent Farm
Aldergrove, BC – 248th Street
If you’re a fan of the good ‘ol Smallville series, chances are you’ve dreamed of living in the Kent’s picturesque farm home.
If you’re tired of roaming the busy streets of “Metropolis” (aka, downtown Vancouver) head out to the countryside and see where Superman himself hangs his hat.
When my husband first visited BC, he eagerly asked me to show him the “Smallville house” as he was an avid fan of the series during high school. I really had no clue where it was, just that it was somewhere in Aldergrove.
On the way to the beach one day, we took the scenic route. My then-boyfriend suddenly shouted at me to stop and turn around, because we had found the house on accident! It was such a great treat for us.
Be sure to be mindful and respectful when visiting this location, as to my knowledge people are living in the house and I’m sure they would appreciate their privacy.
X-Men – Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters
Victoria, BC – Hatley Castle
If you have the time to take the ferry over to Vancouver Island and enjoy the beautiful, capital city of British Columbia, be sure to visit Hatley Castle, whose exterior I’m sure you’ll recognize from multiple TV shows and movies.
You may have first seen it while watching the X-men movies, as the castle is featured as Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters.
However, you also may recognize it as Lex Luthor’s mansion (yes, another Smallville site!) or from the TV series Arrow, as The Queen Mansion. Most recently, Deadpool 2 has been spotted filming at Hatley Castle.
I suppose this castle is better built for superheros rather than royals.
Once Upon A Time – Storybrooke
Steveston, the town you know as Storybrooke is oozing with Once Upon A Time landmarks for you to check out, so it’s difficult to pick just one! In fact, if you head to the Tourism Richmond Visitor Centre, they have free maps for you, pointing out the popular spots. It’s a great place to spend a day, enjoying the quaint town while giving yourself a little walking tour of the location.
It’s always comforting when living overseas to click on a new TV series just to realize that they’ve shot on-location at one of your favourite diners that you would hit up as a teen. It makes the world feel a little less small, and home just that much closer.
Did any of these surprise you? Or, have you seen any of these locations before? These are just my favourites, but I would love to hear from you with more “must-sees” in this great city!