Vancouver, BC (August 10, 2017): Billed as one of the best movies of 2017, War for the Planet of the Apes combines a morally complex storyline with eye-popping special effects and stunning scenery –  much of which was filmed in and around Vancouver and Vancouver Island over a period of 180 days, from late 2015 to early 2016.

To promote this, Tourism Vancouver, the Vancouver Film Commission and Vancouver Island North Film Commission have partnered on a “Home of the Apes” contest and social media campaign drawing attention to the fact the film was primarily shot in British Columbia.

“This is a great example of teamwork between our tourism and film communities” said Stephen Pearce, vice president of Marketing at Tourism Vancouver. “And it provides yet another reason to explore our city and province”. 

In the new film, as well as its two previous instalments – Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Rise of the Planet of the Apes - Vancouver, British Columbia’s downtown streetscapes and waterfront double for San Francisco, California. Viewers may also recognize Canada’s surfing capital, Tofino; the unspoiled coastlines near Ucluelet; Alouette Lake at Golden Ears Provincial Park; tranquil Robert Burnaby Park; and postcard-worthy Pacific Rim National Park as the real-life homes to the film world’s waterfalls, beaches, battlegrounds and jungles.

The first two instalments of the series also featured popular tourist locations like Lupin Falls at Strathcona Provincial Park (Vancouver Island) and The Agrodome at Pacific National Exhibition (Vancouver).

The “Home of the Apes” sweepstakes prize includes a trip for two to Vancouver and Vancouver Island with four nights of luxury accommodation, as well as outdoor adventure experiences. The prize is valued at more than $4,500 CAD. For full contest details, and to enter, visit

“It’s simple: you’ve seen the movie, now come visit the locations,” said David Shepheard, director of the Vancouver Film Commission. “Film tourism provides immense benefits for the local economy in enticing more tourists to visit and stay in B.C. while exploring the vast amount of productions that film in these areas. The partnership between the film commissions and Tourism Vancouver was an obvious next step to combine the attractions of two of the region’s largest industries, and we look forward to further collaborations.”

“Collaborations between film commissions and destination marketing organizations are being developed world wide,” said Joan Miller, Vancouver Island North Film Commissioner. “BC is one of the most active film centres in North America, it only makes sense to cross promote our stunning locations to encourage both film and tourism. Film will bring them in and the tourism will bring them back.”

The “Home Of The Apes” sweepstakes prize* includes:

To enter, simply fill out the entry form at

*Restrictions apply – see Rules and Regulations for details.