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Visit Vancouver - The Hollywood North

By Rachel Nash

Posted: 12th November 2012 09:37

In 2008, 260 films were shot in Vancouver and it is frequently nicknamed ‘Hollywood North’.  So with that in mind, let us talk to you about Vancouver.  We can throw all the fancy restaurants, raving nightclubs and tranquil parks at you but at the end of the day, a visit to Vancouver could result in you seeing or even meeting Joseph Gordon-Levitt or Morgan Freeman.  You can’t put a price on that. 

Film Sets

A major film and television production centre, Vancouver has been a popular film-making choice for nearly a century.  Famous films such as Along Came a Spider, Catwoman, Night at the Museum and all of the Final Destination films have been shot in Vancouver.  Recent films to feature the city also include 2012, The Cabin in the Woods and Charlie St. Cloud.  To put it bluntly; if you stand outside the film sets and production buildings you could see Zac Efron walking around half naked or Halle Berry fighting the bad guys in skin-tight leather. 

Stanley Park

Despite us demanding you to visit the film sets, we do also recommend a rest from the excitement.  We think 1,000 acres of Stanley Park is the ideal location for a ‘rest’.  It offers unique views from its rainforests marshland and beaches but best of all, the waterfront views along a seawall.  To appreciate everything Stanley Park has to offer, rent a bike, go roller skating, have a picnic, go for a hike or take on your pals for a round of golf.  It’s the park to be for the adventurous explorer. 


Don’t forget about shopping, Vancouver holds some of the best shops in the whole of Canada.  Head to South Main for a trendy shopping experience, where you can pick up vinyl’s at Red Cat Records, designer clothes as Smoking Lily and eclectic art at The Jem Gallery.  South Main has a hip mix of restaurants, bars, and food carts and clothes shops so there’s no need dress up, your ‘Hard Rock Cafe’ tee will be fine.  If one shopping neighbourhood isn’t enough then head to Robson Street for flagship shops such as Hermes, Louis Vuitton and Tiffany & Co and for a Starbucks on every corner. 

Vancouver oozes glamour!  From celebrities to shopping hot spots and classy restaurants and bars, look no further than the city that is as much fun, as it is inspirational. 

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