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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, [[WesternAnimation/DudleyDoRight Dudley]]."''
-->-- '''[[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment The Spoony One]]''' [[http://spoonyexperiment.com/friday-13th-part-8/ on]] ''Film/FridayThe13thPartVIIIJasonTakesManhattan''

'''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]]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]], 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 [[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". Tony Zhou, a Vancouver native and creator of ''WebVideo/EveryFrameAPainting'', did an episode titled [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojm74VGsZBU "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 ''Creator/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 well-known for their work on nearly every release in the ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' franchise, including ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' and ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam'', ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'' and ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWingEndlessWaltz Endless Waltz]]'', ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'' and ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeedDestiny SEED Destiny]]'', and ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00''. For a list of their many works, see their page.

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. A large number of other gaming studios are located in Vancouver, including Creator/{{Capcom}} Vancouver, Rockstar Vancouver, Radical Entertainment, Creator/UnitedFrontGames, Slant Six, Creator/{{Sega}}'s Relic Entertainment, and the late Creator/{{THQ}}, to name only a few.

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 [=SkyTrain=]; as of 2006, the [=SkyTrain=] held the record for the longest fully-automated rapid-transit system in the world.

Vancouver and the metropolitan area is home to diverse ethnicities, mainly coming from East and Southeast Asia. There is a large population of Chinese, Japanese, Koreans, Indians, and Filipinos here. It is also been stated to be the most "American" city in Canada, due to the large number of American visitors as well as American expatriates.

A list of Vancouver's 'famous faces' would probably go on for pages; among others, Creator/JamesDoohan, Creator/CarrieAnneMoss, Creator/MichaelJFox, Creator/RyanReynolds and Creator/MichaelBuble have all called the city 'home' at one point or another.

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!!Shows filmed predominantly in Vancouver:
* ''Series/TwentyOneJumpStreet''
* ''Series/TheFortyFourHundred''
* ''Series/{{Andromeda}}''
* ''Series/{{Arrow}}''
* ''Series/BatesMotel''
* ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'', the {{revival}} and {{reboot}} of the [[Series/BattlestarGalactica1978 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|2003}}''
* ''Series/{{Continuum}}''
* ''Series/DarkAngel''
* ''Series/DeadLikeMe''
* Season 2 of ''Series/FallingSkies''
* ''Series/FearTheWalkingDead'': Doubled as Los Angeles in majority of the episodes of the First Season.
* ''Series/FirstWave''
* ''Series/TheFlash2014''
* ''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/Invaders}}''
* ''{{Series/iZombie}}''. This gets lampshaded in the episode [[Recap/IZombieS2E10MethodHead "Method Head"]], which revolves around the production of a fictional zombie show on Creator/TheCW; it's set in UsefulNotes/{{Portland}}, but filmed in Seattle for tax credit reasons.
* ''Series/TheKilling''
* ''Series/MacGyver''
* ''Series/TheManInTheHighCastle'': Used to double a Japanese-occupied West Coast.
* ''Series/TheOuterLimits1995''
* ''Series/OnceUponATime''
* ''Series/{{Psych}}'' (an ''inverted'' CaliforniaDoubling!)
* ''Series/{{Reaper}}''
* ''Series/TheReturned''
* ''Series/{{Sanctuary}}'', which [[Website/TelevisionWithoutPity TWoP]] has dubbed "''Torchwood: Vancouver''".
* ''Series/{{Sliders}}'', Seasons 1 and 2, where Vancouver doubled for UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco, inverting CaliforniaDoubling as well. Starting with Season 3, it was written in that the Sliders could now travel to UsefulNotes/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)
* ''Film/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''
* ''Literature/TheExtinctionParade'': 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.
* ''Series/FearTheWalkingDead'': 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.
* ''Series/{{Intelligence 2006}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Homefront}}'': The backstory mentions that [[UsefulNotes/YanksWithTanks 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 [[UsefulNotes/CanucksWithChinooks Canadian troops]] have increased their presence in the U.S.-Canada border.
* ''Intersection''
* ''Series/JPod''
* ''Series/TheManInTheHighCastle'': A map in Season 2 reveals that the Japanese Pacific States [[spoiler:extends to much of Western Canada and Alaska. British Columbia, Yukon, and portions of Alberta belong to the JPS. While the city of Vancouver has not been seen, it can be implied to be one of the major cities within the JPS.]]
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' begins in Vancouver.
* Laurentia from ''[[VideoGame/NexusWar Nexus Clash]]'' is a NoCelebritiesWereHarmed version of Vancouver.
* ''Series/{{Motive}}''
* [=LaRousse=] City in ''Anime/PokemonDestinyDeoxys'' is a FantasyCounterpartCulture of Vancouver.
* ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' has actually had a episode set in Vancouver.
* In ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus'', the Zhang family has their big mansion somewhere in the outskirts. And by big we mean ''really'' [[BigFancyHouse big]], enough to have [[spoiler: 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. [[spoiler: Pity that it has to be destroyed.]]
* ''VideoGame/TonyHawksUnderground'', partially
* The final episode of ''Series/TheXFiles'' to be filmed in Vancouver was also set there.
* Though it hasn't been seen on-screen, ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has the Equestrian city of Vanhoover; this may be an in-joke as the series is largely produced out of Vancouver.

!![[Administrivia/ThereIsNoSuchThingAsNotability Notable]] films shot in Vancouver:
* ''50/50''
* ''Film/TwoThousandTwelve''
* ''[[Film/AliensVsPredatorRequiem 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)
* ''Film/DiaryOfAWimpyKid''
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': [[Recap/DoctorWhoTVMTheTVMovie The 1996 TV movie]] (We apologize for your half-humanity, Doctor.)
* ''Film/DudleyDoRight''
* ''Film/FantasticFour2005''
** ''Film/FantasticFourRiseOfTheSilverSurfer''
* ''Film/FarCry'' (Creator/UweBoll version)
* ''Film/FinalDestination''
** ''Film/FinalDestination3''
* ''Film/FreddyVsJason''
* ''Film/FridayThe13thPartVIIIJasonTakesManhattan'' (despite what the title says)
* ''Film/{{Godzilla 2014}}''
* ''Film/GoodLuckChuck''
* ''Film/HalloweenResurrection''
* ''Film/{{Halloweentown}} II Kalabar's Revenge''
* ''Film/{{House of the Dead|2003}}'': Doubles as Seattle but the ending shot reveals the obvious waterfront and the lack of the Seattle Space Needle.
* ''Film/IRobot''
* ''Film/{{Insomnia}}'' (2002 remake)
* ''Literature/{{It}}''
* ''Film/JennifersBody''
* ''Film/JohnTuckerMustDie''
* ''Film/JosieAndThePussycats''
* ''Film/{{Jumanji}}''
* ''Film/{{Juno}}''
* ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters''
* ''The Series/LizzieMcGuire Movie''
* ''Film/TheNeverEndingStory'' and its two sequels
* ''Literature/{{Twilight}}''
** ''New Moon''
* ''Film/NightAtTheMuseum''
** ''Film/NightAtTheMuseumBattleOfTheSmithsonian''
* ''Series/PainkillerJane''
* ''Film/{{Paycheck}}''
* ''Film/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/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1990''
* ''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.
* ''Film/UnderworldEvolution''
* ''Film/{{Watchmen}}''
* ''Film/WhiteChicks''
* ''Film/TheWickerMan2006''
* ''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 Buchanon Tower (Used for the offices of various liberal arts departments including English) was actually designed as a prison.
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