6 popular filming locations in Vancouver

Prime yourself for exploring Vancouver’s cinematic hotspots



1154 Robson St., Vancouver

An extensive Italian menu and wine cellar at this popular restaurant attracts stars ranging from Halle Berry and Quincy Jones to Wayne Gretzky, who reportedly enjoys drinking wine from his own winery.

Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

900 West Georgia St., Vancouver

This iconic hotel has been used as a film set inside and out for productions ranging from thrillers (Insomnia) to sci-fi (V and Fringe). Next door, the Vancouver Art Gallery is also a popular filming location. 

MacLeod’s Books

455 W. Pender St., Vancouver

Celebs including star director Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth) have been spotted browsing the aisles at this bookstore. And when TV and film productions need an eclectic café to stand-in on screen, they go to Smile Restaurant, across the street.

Steveston Cannery Café

3711 Moncton St., Richmond

Start your tour of Once Upon a Time’s Storybrooke with this charming coffee shop and restaurant which doubles as Granny’s Diner in the series. Many storefronts on Moncton are used in the series.

Canadian Motion Picture Park

Near Marine Way and Byrne Road, Burnaby

A working studio backlot with a street façade visible from the road where sequences for films like Watchmen have been shot.

Columbia Street & Downtown Parkade

Columbia and 6th St., New Westminster

I, Robot,Twilight, Fringe, Alcatraz and other productions regularly film on New West’s historic main street. The adjacent Downtown Parkade is often used for staging stunts and car chases while Front Street, down below, often doubles for locations in New York, Chicago, Boston and more. 

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