Back when I was planning our trip to Canada, I quickly found out that a lot of my favorite tv shows were filmed there. Vampire Diaries. Degrassi. Supernatural. Could you imagine my surprise when I was told that ABC’s hit show Once Upon A Time was filmed in a real town? I could transport myself into a real life Storybrooke! Let the fangirling commence.
I quickly researched and found out that filming occurs in Steveston, a neighborhood in Richmond, BC. A quick 20 minute drive from Vancouver International Airport, it was the perfect spot to hit before our flight back home.
Now to be clear, Steveston is just an ordinary town where they occasionally film the show, about 1-3 days per month. It’s not a ‘set tour’ or anything like that, so try not to feel underwhelmed like I did at first. You explore and look for sights on your own, and there also happens to be a tiny gift shop inside the post office. I feel like part of the adventure and unsuspecting charm was from the search itself.
Besides the post office, make sure to see recognizable filming locations such as Granny’s Diner, Mr. Gold’s Pawn Shop, the Storybrooke Bakery, the ship docks, and the area where they cgi in the clock tower. The small town was beautiful, quaint village right by the sea and a nice little ending to our trip. It’s a fun visit for any fan of the show!
For more information on the town of Stevenson, click here.