"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, 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
, 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
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 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". 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.
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 known for their work on nearly every release in the Gundam
franchise, including Mobile Suit Gundam
and Zeta Gundam
, Gundam Wing
and Endless Waltz
, Gundam SEED
, 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 Sega
's Relic Entertainment, to name only a few. Capcom
also has studios in Vancouver, as did the late THQ
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, which the SkyTrain opened for.
Shows filmed predominantly in Vancouver:
- 21 Jump Street
- The 4400
- Battlestar Galactica (Reimagined), the revival and reboot of the 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.
- Caprica, prequel to the reimagined Battlestar Galactica
- Dark Angel
- Dead Like Me
- Season 2 of Falling Skies
- First Wave
- Fringe, from Season 2 onwards. The Vancouver Public Library - a pretty cool Colosseum-like structure - is the Alternate Earth's Fringe Division.
- Highlander: The Series: The namer for "Seacouver"; the first few seasons are officially set in a city named "Seacouver", which appears to be Ascended Fanon.
- Human Target
- The Killing
- The Outer Limits (the revival)
- Once Upon a Time
- Psych (an inverted California Doubling!)
- Sanctuary, which TWoP has dubbed "Torchwood: Vancouver".
- Sliders, Seasons 1 and 2, where Vancouver doubled for San Francisco, inverting California Doubling as well. Starting with Season 3, it was written in that the Sliders could now travel to Los Angeles (where, strangely enough, shooting had also moved to.)
- Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis and Stargate Universe
- The X-Files, seasons one through five. Seasons six through nine were shot in Los Angeles.
Vancouver in fiction (when it's not playing another city)
Notable films shot in Vancouver: