Canada facts – movietime

Where are all our movie lovers? People who’re always up to date with the newest movie and practice binge watching as a professional sport? This blogpost will definitely be something for you 😉

Is it New York or our beloved Vancouver? Maybe you’ve seen Vancouver in many movies you’ve watched in the last years 🙂 But did you recognize that it isn’t New York or Seattle but Vancouver? Might be difficult so let us have a closer look ;).
Firstly, I’d like to tell you a short story about something that happened to me during my time in Vancouver. Back in 2017 on my way to my daily language classes on W Hastings street, Vancouver Downtown I saw camera teams everywhere. The people weren’t allowed to cross the street – except us language school students. It felt like being a celebrity for like 5 minutes 😉 So I continued walking straight to the language school building to not disturb the shooting. Right before entering the building I turned around and saw Ryan Reynolds on his motorcycle ready to shoot the movie Deadpool 2. Pretty cool and exciting moment. Believe me – here’s the evidence photo.

So that’s it from my own experience; let’s continue with some popular films and series that take place in Vancouver.
How many movies were filmed in Vancouver? Do you know any of these movies? I’m pretty sure you will…
Beside Deadpool, there is one of the most successful movies you’ve probably seen or at least heard of. Getting a little naughty we can talk about 50 Shades of Grey. Have you noticed the huge building called ” Bentall 5 tower”? In the movie it’s transformed into “Grey Enterprises” where many scenes take place. Maybe you’ve had dinner at Peckingpah BBQ in Gastown (like I did) or visited the Fairmont Hotel. Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele have been there as well. 😉 It’s true; in the movie it seems like everything takes place in Seattle but as in mentioned before it’s often not like this; this movie is a good example for Vancouver which stands in for Seattle.

The famous action blockbuster I, Robot with Will Smith is also shot in Vancouver. You can spot filming locations of the futuristic city in the movie by the Marina City Towers, Wrigley Building and Pier 94.
There are famous movie locations at every corner. Even right on the arrival at Vancouver International Airport, you can spot a well known movie scene. This place was featured in the horror classic “Final Destination” as New Yorks JFK Airport.
Love is in the air – movies such as Always be my maybe or one of my favourite movies Love guaranteed are being filmed in Vancouver too. It’s pretty cool watching movies in which actors enjoy their time in Downtown or on a walk in Stanley Park. If you haven’t seen this movie it’s highly recommended by me.

Surely you know the Twilight Saga? Also this one was filmed at different locations in British Columbia especially Vancouver and Tofino – of course as it is typical for these movies, mostly in the forest.
Certainly, there are many more great movies but some series you might know are shot in Vancouver as well. The famous classic Suits as well as Arrow or Riverdale found their perfect filming location in this Canadian city.
Hope I could give you some “that’s amazing oh I didn’t know” moments 😉
Enjoy watching you favourite movies or series and if you already visited some of the filming locations – let me know!!!

We’d love to see you at tonight’s pubnight:) 6pm at The Beaver pub!

– Tatjana

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Fun Fact Friday

Whether you have been living here in Vancouver for a day, a week, a month or even a year, you probably do not know everything about the city just yet. But that’s OK, we are here to help! Today we will mention a few fun facts about the city that will blow your mind!

1. Hollywood of the North

Assuming that you have watched Netflix before, did you know that one of the shows you are binge-watching might be filmed here in Vancouver? What many people do not know, is that the city is called the ‘Hollywood of the North’. Vancouver is ranked second in TV production and third in feature film production in North America. First in TV Production and feature film production is, not surprisingly, Los Angeles and second in feature film production is New York City.

Most TV shows and movies filmed here are American, for example The Flash, Arrow and the new show Life Sentence. Well-known movies that have been filmed here are the Twilight and Percy Jackson series, If I Stay and Apollo 18. Awesome, right?!

2. Dolphin and Whale Watching39954296885_3fe6ca9409_n

Every now and then, people spot dolphins and whales in the waters around the city. There are lots of whale watching tours in and around the city to choose from and honestly, if you have the opportunity to see these animals in the wild, why not take it?! This event will for sure create the most wonderful story for your family and friends when you go back home!

3. Kits Pool

Kitsilano Pool, located near Kitsilano Beach in Vancouver, is the longest pool in Canada. It is 137 meters long and the only heated, salt-water pool in Vancouver. It is divided into three sections; a section for families with little kids, one for visitors who would like to exercise and a deeper section for teenagers and adults. It is a popular place to visit considering the pool provides visitors with a breath-taking view of Kitsilano Beach and the ocean. What makes it even more amazing is that tickets are only 3 to 6 dollars (depending on your age)! Definitely put this pool on your bucket list for this Summer!

I hope you enjoyed reading some fun facts about the city. Knew any of them already? Great! You can call yourself a real Vancouverite!

See you soon!

– Angy

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