Metro Vancouver Region
Delivering permitting support, guidelines and access to municipal infrastructure for incoming productions.
This residential community overlooks the magnificent North Shore mountains and the picturesque waters of Indian Arm. Belcarra enjoys a superb natural setting providing residents and visitors alike with ample opportunity to enjoy a wide range of land and water-based recreational activities.
Belcarra is a well wooded residential community overlooking the magnificent North Shore mountains and the picturesque waters of Indian Arm (which includes Bedwell Bay, Belcarra Bay, Cosy Cove, Whiskey Cove, Farrer Cove & Twin Islands). Belcarra is located 28 kilometers (18 miles) from downtown Vancouver, with a travel time by car of 45 minutes. Vancouver International Airport is within 35 kilometers (22 miles), with a travel time under 60 minutes. The Belcarra website is a good resource for filming in that community.
Bowen Island is a forested island retreat that is located about 1 hour from Vancouver via a 40 minute drive and a 15 minute ferry ride. Bowen Island offers many lakes, beaches and unspoiled crown forest land. Over 3,000 full time residents call Bowen home plus another 1,500 who summer on the island. Bowen's full amenities include restaurants, schools, groceries, gift and art stores, gas station, book store, library, marinas, hairdresser, building centre, pubs and garden centre.
Burnaby occupies 98.60 square kilometers (38.07 square miles) and is located at the geographical centre of the Greater Vancouver Regional District. The City features high density residential areas, major commercial town centres, rapid transit, high technology research and business parks, comprehensive industrial estates and major post-secondary institutions. The Burnaby website provides excellent resource information for filming in that community.
Coquitlam's diverse neighbourhoods offer choices ranging from upscale Westwood Plateau to modern high-rise living in a vibrant urban core and affordable homes found in numerous quiet enclaves. Coquitlam City Hall is open for business. Manufacturing, film, retail and a host of other commercial activities contribute to the communities diverse economic base. Coquitlam boasts business parks and instant access to major rail lines, river ports and highways. The Coquitlam website is an excellent resource for filming in that community.
Delta offers the best of all worlds: Convenient access to downtown Vancouver while still situated in beautiful farmlands and bordered by the seas. The municipality of Delta, its businesses and residents encourage filming in the community. Delta's Film Office provides fast one-stop service to make your filming experience in the community hassle-free and pleasant for residents and your film crews. The Delta website is a good filming resource for that community.
Located on the southern shores of the Fraser River and bordering the USA, Langley is within 50 kilometres (30 miles) of Vancouver, the Port of Vancouver and the Vancouver International Airport. It is centrally located within 24 kilometres (15 miles) of the Pacific Ocean (in the West) and Abbotsford International Airport External Link (in the East). With a central location, substantial trading population and low business costs, Langley is attracting immense business growth. The City of Langley encourages filming activity; please visit their website to learn about their permit guidelines and obtain a film permit application.
The Township of Langley is easily accessible from all parts of the Metro Vancouver. Their streetscapes, buildings, and green space have been featured in many US and Canadian feature films, made for TV movies, commercials, and TV series. With a 24-hour border crossing nearby, access from Langley to the U.S. is excellent - a two hour drive to Seattle or a two hour flight to San Francisco or Los Angeles. Downtown Vancouver and the Vancouver International Airport are less than a one-hour drive away. Please visit their website for more information.
Lions Bay is located in the northwest corner of the Greater Vancouver Regional District, bordering on beautiful Howe Sound, about 11 kilometers north of Horseshoe Bay with the Sea to Sky Highway running through the Village, and about a one hour drive from downtown Vancouver. The Lions Bay municipality does have a filming policy and application forms available on their website.
Surrounded by natural beauty, blessed with abundant clean air and water, Maple Ridge is a community proud of its heritage and optimistic about its future. Close to Vancouver and Seattle, two of the world's most exciting and cosmopolitan cities, Maple Ridge retains the character and living advantages of a smaller, more neighbourly, country town. There's easy access to almost every imaginable indoor and outdoor recreation - most are right near home, here in Maple Ridge. Maple Ridge is located an hour's drive east of Vancouver and welcomes filming activity. Their website provides filming information and application forms required for filming within the District of Maple Ridge.
The City of New Westminster is situated in the center of the Lower Mainland. The City, is attractively located on a hillside overlooking the Fraser River, 20 km east of Vancouver. The Downtown section of New Westminster with its sloping streets, waterfront views and heritage buildings reminds one of San Francisco. New Westminster is a film-friendly city with unique locations including heritage buildings, gritty street scenes and riverfront locations within a 10 block radius. New Westminster provides personalized location and permit/license assistance for all areas in the City. Filming inquiries are directed to and processed by the Filming Coordinator who liaises with other City departments and provides contact with business and residential associations to make your experience of filming in New Westminster a smooth and enjoyable one. The New Westminster web site provides good filming resources and information.
From feature films to independent productions, television series to commercials, the film industry has time and time again made the City of North Vancouver its destination for filming. The City encourages and supports the film industry, recognizing its appeal and economic benefit to the local community. Many North Shore residents work in the film industry and benefit from the employment that filming in the City provides. The City website is a good resource for filming information in that community.
With its unique combination of natural beauty and established infrastructure, the District enjoys a ‘leading role’ among municipalities in hosting film and television productions. Pristine wilderness parks. Sea to Sky-scaping mountains. Salmon bearing rivers and stunning coastal shorelines. Dramatic city and mountain skylines. Vibrant urban and industrial landscapes. Unique, diverse, distinctive looks - within 15 minutes of downtown Vancouver. The Film Liaison Office’s reputation as an accessible and responsive resource is also a key strength; as is the public’s understanding and support of the industry. The District is known for its film-friendly reputation and the high number of local residents working in the industry. The city website is a good resource for filming information in that community.
Surrounded by magnificient rivers, lakes and mountains, Pitt Meadows combines small-town community spirit and quality of life with access to big-city services. Pitt Meadows is considered the "Gateway" to the Fraser Valley and is forty minutes by West Coast Express passenger train service and one hour by car from Vancouver’s downtown area. For more information and a filming application, please visit the District's website.
Filming locations abound in Port Coquitlam thanks to breathtaking natural vistas complimented by the original City Hall dating back to 1914 and an authentic heritage-themed downtown centre. Over the years, Port Coquitlam has cooperated with numerous film companies to provide the 'small town' backdrop for television and motion pictures. Since establishing a film policy and guidelines, we have successfully coordinated shoots throughout the City. We work closely with film companies to provide a one-stop service to meet all your permitting and permissions requirements.
Port Moody – City of the Arts! – is located at the head of Burrard Inlet just 20 kilometres (30 minutes) from Vancouver and the US border. Port Moody is surrounded by mountains, forest and is steps from seaside parks. It is also located inside the Vancouver Studio Zone. A film-friendly community, the City of Port Moody has an experienced staff that believes in providing economical and easy experiences for filmmakers and crews. Please visit their website for more information.
Ideally located in the Greater Vancouver Region, Richmond offers unique access by land, air or sea. A two and half hour flight from Los Angeles, puts you inside the City. Located close to the US border and within 20 minutes of Vancouver, Richmond is also home to the Vancouver International Airport (YVR), and several world class hotels. Most major studio facilities are within a 20 minute drive from Richmond. Richmond welcomes filming activity and provides extensive filming information and resources on their website.
With a population in excess of 400,000 the City of Surrey is one of Canada's fastest growing major cities. The City of Surrey is located on the US border and within 30 minutes of Vancouver. Their Film Office provides easy, one-stop service for all city permits and services. An in-house photo file library is available for location scouting and their website is a good resource for filming information in the city.
The University Endowment Lands (UEL) are located on the west side of the City of Vancouver, between Vancouver and the University of British Columbia. The UEL Administration is the agency responsible for administering film requests for the subdivided portion of the UEL. For information, film policy or application forms please visit their website. Note: For information regarding filming within the forested area (Pacific Spirit Regional Park), please contact the Metro Vancouver Parks.
Surrounded by spectacular natural beauty, the City of Vancouver is recognized as one of the world's most livable cities. Renowned for its innovative programs, they lead in the areas of sustainability, accessibility and inclusivity. The City of Vancouver supports filming and recognizes the economic and social benefits realized by the citizens of Vancouver. The Vancouver Film Office is an excellent filming resource that provides extensive locations and permitting information. Their website provides useful information for filming in Vancouver.
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West Vancouver is located near the northwest corner of the Greater Vancouver Regional District, bordering on beautiful Howe Sound and the mouth of Burrard Inlet. It is only a 10 minute drive over the Lions Gate Bridge to downtown Vancouver. West Vancouver includes many spectacular residences and ocean views. Their city website provides useful information about filming in that community.
White Rock is located in the southwest corner of the Lower Mainland, 45 kilometres from Vancouver and only five minutes to the Canada/US border. White Rock is a seaside community clustered around an eight kilometre sandy beach and the warm shallow waters of Semiahmoo Bay. The City of White Rock's objective is to help facilitate the motion picture film industry in its production endeavours by providing a centralized and efficient procedure for obtaining City Authorization necessary for filming-on-location in White Rock. The City also provides filming-on-location services and co-ordination through the City Operations Department. Their website provides useful filming resource information.