Useful Notes / Vancouver

"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, Dudley."

Vancouver is a city in British Columbia, Canada with over 600,000 people, rising to over 2 million when you count the metropolitan area, nicknamed the "Lower Mainland" note , which can reach as far as 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 well known for its rain, leading to the use of 'Raincouver' by residents as a semi-affectionate nickname.

Although it is the biggest city in British Columbia (and the largest metropolitan area in western Canada), it's not the capital of the province. The capital city is Victoria, which is situated, confusingly enough, on 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 the Pacific Northwest, particularly Seattle (for which Vancouver often 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 Stargate-verse, hence the original trope name "Stargate City". Tony Zhou, a Vancouver native and creator of Every Frame a Painting, did an episode titled "Vancouver Never Plays Itself" about how the city is so often disguised as somewhere else in film and television.

The city is also the location of The Ocean Group production company and a number of other recording studios, who specializes in dubbing of many well-known Anime (along with a some English language productions). Possibly most well-known for their work on nearly every release in the Gundam franchise, including Mobile Suit Gundam and Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam, Mobile Suit Gundam Wing and Endless Waltz, Mobile Suit Gundam SEED and SEED Destiny, and Mobile Suit Gundam 00. For a list of their many works, see their page.

Nintendo of Canada and EA Canada are also there, just a few miles across the border from Nintendo's U.S. headquarters in greater Seattle. A large number of other gaming studios are located in Vancouver,including Capcom Vancouver, Rockstar Vancouver, Radical Entertainment, United Front Games, Slant Six, Sega's Relic Entertainment, and the late THQ, to name only a few.

Many shows filmed around Vancouver eventually fall foul of Here There Be Lions.

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; the Expo featured the opening of Vancouver's light-rail transit system, the Sky Train; as of 2006, the Sky Train held the record for the longest fully-automated rapid-transit system in the world.

A list of Vancouver's 'famous faces' would probably go on for pages; among others, James Doohan, Carrie-Anne Moss, Michael J. Fox, Ryan Reynolds and Michael Bublé have all called the city 'home' at one point or another.

Shows filmed predominantly in Vancouver:

Vancouver in fiction (when it's not playing another city)

  • Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever (Inexplicably)
  • Better Than Chocolate
  • The Border has a few episodes that take place in Vancouver.
  • Cold Squad
  • Continuum
  • Girlfriend in a Coma
  • Godiva's
  • Da Vinci's Inquest
  • Da Vincis City Hall
  • The Extinction Parade: The two female vampire protagonist watch a news report in a TV store in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia broadcasting the situation of the zombie outbreak in Vancouver.
  • Fear the Walking Dead: Does not appear in the show physically but was mentioned by George Greary in Season 2 that all cities in the American West Coast to the Continental Divide, from San Diego all the way up to Seattle and Vancouver, were bombed in order to eradicate the infected.
  • Intelligence (2006)
  • Homefront: The backstory mentions that U.S. Armed Forces in the nearby Washington State attempted to resist the KPA invasion but were overrun and forced to retreat to British Columbia. This is noted by a British news reporter based in Vancouver who also mentions that Canadian troops have increased their presence in the U.S.-Canada border.
  • Intersection
  • jPod
  • Mass Effect 3 begins in Vancouver.
  • Laurentia from Nexus Clash is a No Celebrities Were Harmed version of Vancouver.
  • Motive
  • Stargate Atlantis has actually had a episode set in Vancouver.
  • In The Heroes of Olympus, the Zhang family has their big mansion somewhere in the outskirts. And by big we mean really big, enough to have a whole attic containing weapons. It's glimpsed in Frank's flashback at first, but the protagonists eventually visit it during their trip to Alaska. Pity that it has to be destroyed.
  • Tony Hawk's Underground, partially
  • The final episode of The X-Files to be filmed in Vancouver was also set there.

Notable films shot in Vancouver:

Alternative Title(s): Stargate City