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The 100 Filming Locations
The lush forests of beautiful British Columbia double for The 100's post-apocalyptic world.
In the Footsteps of the 100: From Vancouver to Whistler
The 100 is one of our favorite shows thanks to its twisting, interconnected storylines and fierce female characters. When we returned to Vancouver, we immediately scouted out filming locations to visit. En route to an overnight in Whistler, we realized there are several The 100 locations along the way from Vancouver to Whistler that also offer lots of fun exploring and visitor activities.
The drive alone is definitely worth the two-hour trek. You reach Whistler via the Sea-to-Sky Highway, which offers 75 miles of breathtaking views as it snakes between the two cities alongside the Pacific Ocean on one side and steep mountains on the other.
We have also included points of interest along the way that, while not directly related to The 100, are worth a visit if you have the time. All stops are listed in order from south to north, but to fully experience all this amazing route has to offer we advise you divided them up by hitting a few on the way up to Whistler and the rest on your return journey.
Spoiler alert! This post contains spoilers from The 100 up to the season 3 finale. If you’re not caught up, proceed at your own risk!
The 100 in downtown Vancouver
We begin our adventure into the world of The 100 in the heart of Vancouver. Though the show is generally filmed in more rugged surroundings, the City of Light as seen in season 3 required an urban setting. Most of the action takes place in Oceanic Plaza, a central square that can be seen in several other productions as well.
Another location is the Seawall Stairs that lead from the Vancouver Convention Centre to Harbour Green Park. Enjoy a leisurely stroll beside the waterfront and stop to soak it all in at the fountains in the park.
While you’re downtown, head up the Vancouver Lookout and take in the views stretching across the city and beyond. Also close by is our favorite attraction in Vancouver, Flyover Canada. You sit in seats suspended in mid-air as you take a simulated flight ride over breathtaking views of Canada. It really feels like you’re flying! We recommend asking to be seated in the middle section, as we’ve found the experience is wildly better in the middle seats.
Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
If you’re not afraid of heights, this thrilling attraction in North Vancouver should be your first stop on your journey towards Whistler. While not a filming location, the bridge and Cliffwalk offer stunning views of scenery very reminiscent of The 100.
Originally built in 1888 out of hemp rope and cedar planks, the bridge quickly became a favourite stop for adventurous travelers. In 1903, the original structure was replaced by a much safer wire cable bridge that maintained the thrill of its soaring heights. Today, Capilano Suspension Bridge Park has grown into a full-blown park attraction complete with gift shop and other daredevil activities (it’s a wonderful place for families, too!).
The newest addition is Cliffwalk, a series of narrow walkways jutting out from a granite cliff suspended above the Capilano RIver. At some sections, only strong glass separates you from the canyon far below – for some reason, though, I was a lot more terrified on the suspension bridge. The relatively stable Cliffwalk feels like a safer experience than a bridge that sways and shakes with the movement of dozens of people.
This is another stop on our roadtrip that isn’t actually a filming location for The 100; however, both Arrow and Once Upon a Time have filmed here. The beaches with their rugged high rocks offer lots to explore and, again, the views are incredible. Enjoy a quiet picnic in the park or stop for coffee in picturesque Horseshoe Bay Village. We’ve written an entire article on Whytecliff Park, so for now we’ll just leave you with tantalizing scenic shots.
Our pastime of visiting filming locations can be risky, as sometimes you end up in places that aren’t particularly impressive. Even though we’re always excited to sceneframe films and TV shows, we get an added pleasure when the location ends up to be a place we would visit even without movie-related action.
If you’re a fan of Arrow, you’ll be familiar with the rugged beach, driftwood and coarse sand. We wandered around for quite a while, admiring the views and photographing driftwood and birds – and yes, we imagined ourselves on a mission to save poor Oliver Queen.
The 100 Signal Lights Near Britannia Beach
Britannia Beach is a tad tricky. We can’t give you the exact location because, technically, we weren’t supposed to go there. See, our map app pointed us in the wrong direction. When Google Maps set us straight, we realized it was quite a long walk from where we had parked. And when we finally found a spot that looked familiar from the show, we saw some foreboding “NO TRESSPASSING” signs and panicked. Given two separate drives to even find the place, not to mention miles of walking, we just couldn’t leave without a couple of sceneframes! After snapping some photos, we quickly and quietly returned to the car, certain that we would be seen by hidden security cameras and on the run from the police.
Luckily, we managed to leave without any tussles with law enforcement, but out of respect for the owners we have two things to say: 1) We apologize for trespassing on your private beach. It was lovely, and we hope we didn’t disturb you! 2) Readers, we strongly discourage you from doing as we did. Instead, enjoy these sceneframes and go explore the other amazing places the Sea-to-Sky Highway has to offer!
Britannia Mine Museum
This attraction is a must-see for anyone keen to learn about the area’s history as well as for film tourists. Once a working mine, the Britannia Mine Museum is now an immersive attraction that provides guests with a glimpse into the life of a copper miner while they learn about the adverse environmental effects of copper mining. The guided tour starts with a visit to the exhibit, after which you board a mine train that leads you deep inside the dark, damp caverns. Once you disembark, you walk throughout the space and get to see several mining machines in action. Note that it can be chilly deep inside the mine, even on warmer days, so dress accordingly.
The mine’s gloomy tunnels are often used by film crews. Shows like Supernatural, The X-Files and The Flash have all shot scenes here, but The 100 practically set up camp during seasons 1 and 2. It was here that the fearsome reapers lived, and where our brave heroes fled from and attacked Mount Weather. Also: hard hats must be worn at all times inside the mine, no matter how goofy you look.
Sea to Sky Gondola
I suffer from a fear of heights, and oftentimes our entire Great Movie Roadtrip seemed to challenge that fear. The Sea to Sky Gondola, while on the tamer end of the spectrum, is no exception. Looking up at the cableway from the mountain base, it seemed a short ride to the summit, but once we cleared the first peak we realized the fun was just starting. The gondolas rose higher and higher – and the aerial views became better and better. On the way up, we passed the majestic Stawamus Chief granite dome, which fans will recognize as Mount Weather from The 100.
When you reach the summit, spend some time taking in the views and fueling up with drinks and snacks in the café (and don’t forget to buy souvenirs in the gift shop). More importantly, if you’re feeling up to braving additional heights, cross the wobbly Sky Pilot suspension bridge.
Whistler and Superfly Ziplines
We were stunned by the beautiful fall foliage in Whistler, and the quaintness of the main village. Our hotel was The Summit Lodge Boutique Hotel, conveniently located in the heart of the village. It’s a great home base for any activities you have planned in the area or, if you’re like us, you want to crash and relax after a long day. The rooms are equipped with kitchenettes so you can cook your own meals (and the grocery store is just across the street), and the outdoor pool and hot tub are perfect for soaking tired feet.
Whistler is charming and there’s lots to do here, but we were short on time so narrowed our visit down to one attraction: the Superfly Ziplines. We’d done smaller ziplines during our stay in Minnesota and were hopelessly in love with the exhilarating activity. Nothing, however, could have prepared us for what Whistler had in store!
The experience was pure joy and thrills from start to finish, and the perfect amount of fear thrown in to spice it all up. First you take a 4×4 ride up the rough mountainside roads to reach the zipline’s starting point. Even if climbing high up in an open Jeep doesn’t start your blood pumping, the view from the first platform will certainly send chills down your spine.
Once you push off down your first line, man. We both agreed this is the Best. Thing. EVER. Despite speeds reaching up to 100km/h, it’s a surprisingly smooth ride (at least until you have to jam on the brakes at the end) and, at the risk of repeating ourselves, the scenery is breathtaking. The first line is more than a kilometer in length and there are four lines total. Even so, once we got going it all went by too fast. We could’ve ziplined all day long.
(The line featured on the video is the shortest and tamest of the four, but it’ll give you the gist.)