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The City of Abbotsford boasts numerous advantages for creative industries. Strategically located only 45 minutes from Vancouver, Abbotsford is home to a host of unique locations, has access to talented labor, and is both affordable and accessible to the industry. Abbotsford is film-friendly and features a variety of desirable locations such as a historic town centre, trendy downtown, university campus, strong and vibrant agriculture communities, historic villages, wineries, an international airport and both rural and urban cores. The City of Abbotsford website provides an excellent GIS resource tool showcasing film locations in the community.
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 20 minute ferry ride. Bowen Island offers many lakes, beaches and unspoiled crown forest land along with charming village centres. Over 3,700 full time residents call Bowen home plus another 1,500 who summer on the island. Bowen’s full amenities include restaurants, farms, schools, groceries, gift and art stores, gas station, book store, library, marinas, hairdresser, health and wellness, building centre, pubs and garden centre.
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Located in the heart of the Greater Vancouver area, Burnaby is a leading destination for film production in North America. Today, we’re home to more than 60% of the studio spaces across the Lower Mainland, including an upcoming state-of-the-art 300,000-square-foot film studio. Our award-winning, film-friendly city is surrounded by breathtaking natural, historical and urban backdrops and has been the setting for countless popular films, television shows, commercials, independent productions and student films worldwide. Choose between lush green spaces, stunning mountains, brilliant waterfront views, modern bustling cityscapes, or old-world backdrops. Our Film Office supports international and local productions and works closely with filmmakers and crews to provide fast, transparent and personalized services. You can find all filming-related information on our website, including permits, locations, fees and more.
The Chilliwack Creative Commission, a committee of the Chilliwack Economic Partners Corporation (CEPCO), is a one-stop resource for film, interactive, and digital media in Chilliwack. The Chilliwack Creative Commission promotes filming in Chilliwack by working with producers and location managers and providing options for diverse, standout locations in Chilliwack. The Commission also works directly with the City of Chilliwack in facilitating filming on City streets and properties. Chilliwack is a popular location for feature films, movies of the week, TV series, documentaries, and commercials.
The mandate of the Chilliwack Creative Commission is to attract and facilitate economic growth in the emerging creative sector, including film, interactive and digital media. We can connect and facilitate the necessary resources for your creative business needs.
The City of Coquitlam is conveniently situated approximately 30 kilometres from downtown Vancouver and is directly accessible by Highway 1 and rapid transit. Coquitlam’s hub of diverse filming locations has everything you could be looking for and more: Beautiful evergreen forests, pristine rivers, urban streets, rural rock quarries and a vibrant downtown core. In the south of the community, Coquitlam borders the Fraser River with its industrial area, and the nearby Maillardville neighbourhood contains many early 1900’s historical buildings. The city is known for being film-friendly with a one-stop dedicated film office that liaises with internal City departments and also provides contact with businesses and residential associations to create a notable and easy-as-possible experience.
Delta offers the best of all worlds: Convenient access to downtown Vancouver while being situated amongst beautiful farmlands and town centres, bordered by the seas. The City of Delta has a “one stop” process for everything filming related. The community offers a diversity of excellent filming locations and backdrops, including beaches and waterfront homes, river docks and jetty for boat launches, farms, business areas from quaint urban settings like downtown Ladner Village to large industrial centres, and beautiful outdoor settings of nearly every description.
Fraser Valley Regional District
The Fraser Valley Regional District (FVRD) is home to various exceptional filming locations, including waterfalls, mountain resort, caves, historical communities and scenic parks. We have hosted many productions, from commercials and television series to full-length movies.
The FVRD has eight electoral areas and six member municipalities. If your shoot location is within an electoral area, which can be determined by referring to the FVRD Web Map, please email the FVRD filming email at firstname.lastname@example.org If your shoot location is in one of our member municipalities listed below, please get in touch with them directly.
Harrison Hot Springs
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Located at the south end of B.C.’s beautiful Sunshine Coast, the seaside Town of Gibsons is a scenic 40-minute ferry ride from West Vancouver. Gibsons has played host to numerous film crews and earned international recognition as the location for the long-running hit TV show “The Beachcombers”. The Town has established Policies and Procedures designed to permit successful filming, with minimal disruption to the community and its laidback lifestyle. Scenic locations include the Gibsons Marina, Gibsons Public Market, numerous local breweries, and quaint shopping area of Gibsons Landing, as well as the forested trails that surround the Town. Please visit the Town’s website for more information.
Harrison Hot Springs
Harrison Hot Springs is a small resort community located on the south shore of Harrison Lake, approximately 130 kilometers (80 miles) east of Vancouver in the Fraser Valley. The Village is known for its healing hot springs, lush forested hiking trails, sandy beaches, heritage sites, mountain views and of course, the Sasquatch. Harrison provides a gorgeous natural setting with many amenities such as restaurants, convenience stores, a gas station, watercraft rentals, public boat launch, hotels and other accommodations. The Village of Harrison Hot Springs welcomes and encourages filming activity.
Between the Coast Mountain Range and the Cascade Mountain Range, this hub of southern BC highways makes Hope a readily accessible destination from which to explore some of the most beautiful and dramatic B.C. wilderness. Within a half hour drive, there are awe-inspiring desert canyons, vast stands of coastal rainforest, rugged snow capped mountains, expansive alpine meadows and fast-flowing rivers.
The District of Kent (Agassiz) is nestled in the Eastern Fraser Valley, between the City of Chilliwack and the District of Hope, approximately 140 kilometres east of Vancouver. Our agricultural community is a landscape of untouched nature, displaying panoramic views of Mt. Cheam, the Fraser River and Harrison Lake. Our small, friendly community is known for its country living and endless outdoor activity and offers a quaint, heritage style downtown business community that is becoming popular amongst the B.C. filming industry. The District can provide ample parking to accommodate large film crews, trucks and trailers, conveniently located within the centre of our townsite. Please visit the District’s website for further information on our filming policies and contact information.
Langley City includes both dynamic urban communities and quiet suburban neighbourhoods, a large natural wetland along its Nicomekl River featuring parks and recreation trails, over 300 acres of parkland, a vibrant walkable downtown, a regional shopping centre, and one of the most active industrial and service commercial land bases in the Lower Mainland.
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.
Lil’wat Nation is a stunning and dramatic landscape with a rich biodiversity — a mysterious place of towering mountains, ice fields, alpine meadows, white-water rivers, and braided river valleys that run to a milky colour due to the silt and clay deposited by glacial melt. Líl?wat is a separate and distinct nation with cultural and kinship ties to the St?át?y?emc.
Known for its hot, dry summers and mild autumn weather, Lillooet is situated at an intersection of deep gorges in the lee of the Coast Mountains on the Fraser River. There is an abundance of sunshine in the semi-desert climate laid between rugged mountain landscapes towering above, inspiring awe from both valley bottom and mountain top.
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.
Mission is nestled on a hillside in the heart of the Fraser Valley, with an array of scenic backdrops and a quaint downtown offering a wide variety of locations, including a municipal forest, lakes, parks, river frontage, hydro dams, unique businesses such as a 1950’s diner, and both heritage and modern residential areas. With a film-friendly community and a team ready to help, check out the website for all of the latest information.
Metro Vancouver is home to the City of Vancouver, 20 other municipalities including the City of Vancouver, North Vancouver, West Vancouver, Burnaby, Richmond, Surrey, White Rock and other exceptional places to both live and visit.
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.
North Vancouver City
From The Shipyards, with its 700ft pier and gorgeous plazas, to the heritage section of the Cemetery, as well as the attractive residential areas, 100 year old cafes/retail area, plus groomed parks, the City encourages and supports the film industry. We recognize its appeal and economic benefit to the local community with many residents working in the film industry and benefitting from the employment that filming provides. The City website is an excellent resource for filming information, and the Film Coordinator is always happy to discuss your filming requirements.
North Vancouver District
Home to family farms, outdoor adventures and stunning vistas, the Village of Pemberton is home to over 2500 residents. Situated 25 minutes north of Whistler within the Coastal Mountains, Pemberton’s mild winters, warm summers and authentic adventure culture provide an ideal place to enjoy arts, festivals, history, recreation, dining, shopping and comfortable lodging.
Surrounded by beautiful rivers, lakes and mountains, Pitt Meadows combines small-town community spirit with access to big-city services. Located one hour from downtown Vancouver, Pitt Meadows offers a wide range of filming locations including an airport, train station, and miles of picturesque trail systems. From the pristine waters of North America’s largest tidal lake to the quaint ‘small-town’ look of Osprey Village, this small yet progressive community boasts an astonishing array of locations.
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 while only a 25 minute drive from downtown Vancouver. We have successfully coordinated shoots throughout the City including suburban and natural locations. We work closely with film companies to provide a one-stop service to meet all permitting and permissions requirements while in accordance with established policies and guidelines.
Port of Vancouver
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 situated 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 less than 20 minutes away from Vancouver, Richmond is home to the Vancouver International Airport and several world class hotels. Richmond is proud to host a number of exclusive film friendly locations and has recently become a hub for film studio facilities. Richmond welcomes filming activity and provides extensive filming information and resources on their website.
Sea to Sky
The Sea-to-Sky Highway serves as the gateway to the Coast Mountains and ranks as one of the world’s most scenic drives. Following the spectacular Howe Sound shoreline, sections of the highway between Horseshoe Bay and Squamish are cut out of a cliff.
Continuing north is the glaciated landscape of Garibaldi Provincial Park. Lastly, the crown jewel of the area, the resort town of Whistler, sits in all its glory beneath the twin peaks of Whistler and Blackcomb mountains.
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The Sunshine Coast is a spectacular 40 minute ferry ride from West Vancouver. Its 180 kilometer coastline hugs the northeast shore of the Salish Sea between Howe Sound in the south and the boating mecca of Desolation Sound in the north. With lively small towns, quaint fishing villages, and many beautiful waterfront homes and boutique resorts, it is a uniquely situated piece of Canadian coastline. The region is bordered by countless bays and inlets, islands, broad sandy beaches, quiet lagoons, rugged headlands, provincial parks, and lush fir forests backed by the snow-capped Coast Mountains. The Sunshine Coast Tourism website offers stunning photograph, a flavour of each of its unique communities, and much more.
Perfectly situated in Metro Vancouver, the City of Surrey offers stunning scenes, distinct neighbourhoods, state-of-the-art facilities, and over hundreds of vibrant parks & trails. The Surrey Film Office has built a reputation in the film industry as one of the most creative, convenient and film friendly cities to produce motion pictures. The 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.
Squamish is a town north of Vancouver, in British Columbia, Canada. It’s at the northern tip of the island-dotted Howe Sound, and surrounded by mountains like the Stawamus Chief, a huge granite monolith. The Sea to Sky Gondola has views of the sound and nearby Shannon Falls, a towering waterfall cascading down a series of cliffs. The Britannia Mine Museum has underground train tours. Bike trails criss-cross the area.
Squamish-Lillooet Regional District
The Squamish-Lillooet Regional District is a quasi-municipal administrative area in British Columbia, Canada. It stretches from Britannia Beach in the south to Pavilion in the north. Lillooet, Pemberton, Whistler and Squamish are the four municipalities in the regional district.
University Endowment Lands
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. For information regarding filming within the forested area (Pacific Spirit Regional Park), please contact the Metro Vancouver Regional District about filming in Regional 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.
The Resort Municipality of Whistler is located 125 kilometers north of Vancouver, British Columbia. You will find beautiful mountain vistas, ancient forests, crystal clear lakes and rivers, and fresh, clean air. Much of what makes Whistler such a unique and memorable film destination lies in its awe-inspiring and pristine natural surroundings, quaint Village and diverse mountain homes. The Whistler community cares deeply for the environment and strives to preserve the area’s natural beauty by taking meaningful steps towards the resort’s vision of sustainability.
A beautiful oceanfront setting, Canada’s Longest Pier, a historic train station, modern skyscrapers and a mid-century city hall – White Rock has many ‘looks’ for your next project! Less than 45 minutes away from the major film studios and the Vancouver Airport and only 5 minutes away from the Canada/USA Border, White Rock has hosted commercials, TV productions, and movies and invites your production to discover this City by the Sea! A strong supporter of the film industry with a dedicated film office in the Recreation and Culture Department, White Rock offers a one-stop, film-friendly application process for all your filming needs. Filming inquiries are directed to and processed by the Especial Events and Filming Coordinator who liaises with other City deparments and provides contact with White Rock RCMP, business associations, BNSF Railway and other agencies as applicable to make your experiences of filming in White Rock a smooth and enjoyable one. Their website provides useful filming resoure information including and online permit application, virtual 360 degree tours and civic location showcase.