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->''"Oh and by the way, the sanitation worker almost convinced me he wasn't Canadian until he said the words "the sewer floods oot." Nice try, [[DudleyDoRight Dudley]]."''
-->--'''[[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment The Spoony One]]''' [[http://spoonyexperiment.com/friday-13th-part-8/ on]] ''Film/FridayThe13thPartVIIIJasonTakesManhattan''

Vancouver, British Columbia, is a city of over 600,000 people, rising to over 2 million when you count the metropolitan area, nicknamed the "Lower Mainland" [[note]]Vancouver is on the lower part of the BC mainland[[/note]], which can reach as far as [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abbotsford,_British_Columbia Abbotsford]] and the Fraser Valley (around the Fraser River). Very popular among Chinese, Indians and British. It has a fairly extensive elevated train network called the [=SkyTrain=], which moonlights as a subway in the downtown area. Also quite [[http://cldpzza.wordpress.com/2011/05/23/vancouver-is-the-reason-there-are-so-many-draughts-in-the-world/ well known for its rain]].

Although it is the biggest city in British Columbia, it's not the capital of the province. The capital city is Victoria, which is situated, confusingly enough, on [[NamesTheSame Vancouver Island.]] It's usually just called "The Island" by locals. Ferries run between the island and the mainland every day, so travel between the two cities is very common.

Vancouver has become the third-largest film production centre in North America, being called ''Hollywood North'' because of it. This has led to the increased presence of [[TheOtherRainforest the Pacific Northwest]], particularly UsefulNotes/{{Seattle}} (for which Vancouver often [[CaliforniaDoubling doubles]]), in American media, leading to the term "Seacouver" to describe the vaguely northwestern-ish setting of works filmed in Vancouver, but just as possibly set south of the border in the United States. Among the works shot in Vancouver are all three shows in the StargateVerse, hence the original trope name "Stargate City". Creator/{{Nintendo}} of Canada and [[ElectronicArts EA]] Canada are also there, just a few miles across the border from Nintendo's U.S. headquarters in greater Seattle.

The city is also the location of ''TheOceanGroup'' production company and a number of other recording studios, who specializes in [[NamesToKnowInAnime dubbing]] of many well-known {{Anime}} (along with a some English language productions), possibly most known for their work on nearly every release in the ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' franchise, including ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' and ''ZetaGundam'', ''GundamWing'' and ''Endless Waltz'', ''GundamSEED'' and ''[[GundamSeedDestiny Destiny]]'', and ''{{Gundam 00}}''. For a list of their many works, see their page.

A large number of gaming studios are located in Vancouver, possibly to be near Nintendo. Besides EA, it is home to Rockstar Vancouver, Radical Entertainment, Slant Six, and Creator/{{Sega}}'s Relic Entertainment, to name only a few. Creator/{{Capcom}} also has studios in Vancouver, as did the late Creator/{{THQ}}.

Many shows filmed around Vancouver eventually fall foul of HereThereBeLions.

Vancouver hosted the 2010 Winter Olympics, leading some parts of the Internet to refer to them as the "Stargate City Olympics". This came after hosting Expo '86 (the 1986 World's Fair), a minor transportation themed exposition, which the [=SkyTrain=] opened for.
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!!Shows filmed predominantly in Vancouver:
* ''Series/TwentyOneJumpStreet''
* ''Series/TheFortyFourHundred''
* ''Series/{{Andromeda}}''
* ''Series/{{Arrow}}''
* ''Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined'', the {{revival}} and {{reboot}} of the [[Series/BattlestarGalacticaClassic 1978 version]].
** In one episode, the Vancouver skyline directly subbed in for the Delphi city skyline on the planet of Caprica. Especially notable considering that one of the skyscrapers in that shot has an easily identifiable Scotiabank logo on it, an actual Canadian banking company which obviously has no business in the Twelve Colonies of Kobol.
* ''Series/{{Caprica}}'', prequel to the reimagined ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}''
* ''Series/{{Continuum}}''
* ''Series/DarkAngel''
* ''Series/DeadLikeMe''
* Season 2 of ''Series/FallingSkies''
* ''Series/FirstWave''
* ''Series/{{Fringe}}'', from Season 2 onwards. The Vancouver Public Library - a pretty cool Colosseum-like structure - is the Alternate Earth's Fringe Division.
* ''Series/{{Highlander}}: The Series'': The namer for "Seacouver"; the first few seasons are officially set in a city named "Seacouver", which appears to be AscendedFanon.
* ''Series/HumanTarget''
* ''Series/TheKilling''
* ''Series/MacGyver''
* ''Series/TheOuterLimits'' (the {{revival}})
* ''Series/OnceUponATime''
* ''Series/{{Psych}}'' (an ''inverted'' CaliforniaDoubling!)
* ''Series/{{Reaper}}''
* ''Series/{{Sanctuary}}'', which [[TelevisionWithoutPity TWoP]] has dubbed "''Torchwood: Vancouver''".
* ''Series/{{Sliders}}'', Seasons 1 and 2, where Vancouver doubled for SanFrancisco, inverting CaliforniaDoubling as well. Starting with Season 3, it was written in that the Sliders could now travel to LosAngeles (where, strangely enough, shooting had also moved to.)
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}''
* ''Series/StargateSG1'', ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' and ''Series/StargateUniverse''
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''
* ''Series/{{Wiseguy}}''
* ''Series/TheXFiles'', seasons one through five. Seasons six through nine were shot in UsefulNotes/LosAngeles.

!!Vancouver in fiction (when it's not playing another city)
* ''Film/BallisticEcksVsSever'' (Inexplicably)
* ''BetterThanChocolate''
* ''Series/TheBorder'' has a few episodes that take place in Vancouver.
* ''Series/ColdSquad''
* ''Series/{{Continuum}}''
* ''Girlfriend in a Coma''
* ''Series/{{Godivas}}''
* ''Series/DaVincisInquest''
* ''Series/DaVincisCityHall''
* ''Series/{{Intelligence 2006}}''
* ''Intersection''
* ''JPod''
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' begins in Vancouver.
* ''Series/{{Motive}}''
* ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' has actually had a episode set in Vancouver.
* ''VideoGame/TonyHawksUnderground'', partially
* The final episode of ''Series/TheXFiles'' to be filmed in Vancouver was also set there.

!![[Administrivia/ThereIsNoSuchThingAsNotability Notable]] films shot in Vancouver:
* ''50/50''
* ''Film/TwoThousandTwelve''
* ''[[Film/AlienVsPredator Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem]]''
* ''Film/AloneInTheDark2005'' (by Creator/UweBoll)
* ''Film/{{Antitrust}}''
* ''Film/BladeTrilogy'':
** ''Film/{{Blade}}''
** ''Film/BladeTrinity''
* ''Film/BloodrayneIIDeliverance''
* ''Film/TheButterflyEffect''
** ''2''
* ''Film/CatsAndDogs''
** ''Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore''
* ''Film/{{Catwoman}}''
* ''Film/TheChroniclesOfRiddick''
* ''Film/TheCore''
* ''Film/TheDayTheEarthStoodStill2008'' (2008 remake)
* ''DiaryOfAWimpyKid''
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': [[Recap/DoctorWhoTVMTheTVMovie The 1996 TV movie]] (We apologize for your half-humanity, Doctor.)
* ''DudleyDoRight''
* ''Film/FantasticFour''
** ''Rise of the Silver Surfer''
* ''FarCry'' (Creator/UweBoll version)
* ''Film/FinalDestination''
** ''3''
* ''Film/FreddyVsJason''
* ''Film/{{Godzilla 2014}}''
* ''Film/GoodLuckChuck''
* ''Film/{{Halloweentown}} II Kalabar's Revenge''
* ''Film/IRobot''
* ''Film/{{Insomnia}}'' (2002 remake)
* ''Literature/{{It}}''
* ''Film/JennifersBody''
* ''JohnTuckerMustDie''
* ''JosieAndThePussycats''
* ''Film/{{Jumanji}}''
* ''Film/{{Juno}}''
* ''TheKingOfFighters''
* ''The LizzieMcGuire Movie''
* ''Film/TheNeverEndingStory'' and its two sequels
* ''Literature/{{Twilight}}''
** ''New Moon''
* ''Film/NightAtTheMuseum''
** ''Battle of the Smithsonian''
* ''Series/PainkillerJane''
* ''Film/{{Paycheck}}''
* ''PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians: The Lightning Thief''
* ''Film/PunisherWarZone''
* ''Film/RomeoMustDie''
* ''Film/RumbleInTheBronx''
* The ''Film/ScaryMovie'' tetralogy (we apologize for this)
* ''[[Film/ScoobyDooMonstersUnleashed Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed]]''
** ''The Mystery Begins''
* ''[[Film/StreetFighterTheLegendOfChunLi Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li]]''
* ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles''
* ''Film/{{Timecop}}''
* ''Film/ThisMeansWar''
** To the point that they used the flagship store of HMV, a now-defunct entertainment retail chain in Canada, as a stand-in for a video rental shop.
* ''Film/TrickRTreat''
* ''Film/TronLegacy''
** Amusing note: if you saw it at the ScotiaBank Theatre in downtown Vancouver, as soon as you walked out of the cinema you'd be looking out a large window at exactly the spot where they digitally inserted Encom Tower.
* ''UnderworldEvolution''
* ''Film/{{Watchmen}}''
* ''Film/WhiteChicks''
* ''TheWickerMan'' (2006 remake)
* ''Film/TheXFilesIWantToBelieve''
* ''Film/XMen'':
** ''Film/XMen1'':
** ''Film/X2XMenUnited''
** ''Film/XMenTheLastStand''
** ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine''
*** One building at the University of British Columbia was surrounded by barbed wire fence and turrets for the gang headquarters at the beginning of the movie, confirming student belief that Buch Tower was actually designed as a prison.
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