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Filmed in Vancouver

The production of Bates Motel in action

We’re ready for our close-up! Vancouver’s film and TV show biz pumps $1 billion per year into the local economy, and with blockbuster flicks like Deadpool, Skyscraper, 50 Shades of Grey and Star Trek filmed here, word is out that Vancouver is spreading its own Hollywood glitter.

Chalk it up to lower production costs, close proximity to a range of available backdrops – sparkling ocean, sandy beaches, lush rainforests and soaring mountains, for starters – and a mild climate conducive to year-round shooting. Whatever the case, Vancouver is critically acclaimed by movie producers, directors and celebrities alike. In fact, the city has a long history with celebrity lore, back since Gary Cooper hitched a ride to the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver on a passing street-cleaning machine.

Of course, it’s not just big-name cinematic releases that shoot in Vancouver – plenty of your favourite TV flicks are brought to life here, too. The city has become a sci-fi and fantasy hub, starting back when the original X-Files series filmed in the ‘90s (David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson also returned to shoot the series reboot). Other small-screen fan favourites shot in Vancouver include Riverdale, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, Supernatural, Once Upon a Time, Arrow and The Flash, as well as old-school series spanning the range of 21 Jump Street to MacGyver.

While visiting, take note of big white trailers parked around the city, with cables snaking down footpaths and casually dressed crews milling about with walkie-talkies – you might be witnessing the makings of the next Hollywood blockbuster.  That’s a wrap!