Once Upon A Time geeking, pt I: Steveston, BC

19 Jul

So on my most recent vacation, I went to Storybrooke. Er, Steveston and Ft Langley, BC.

Most of “Storybrooke” is located along Moncton and Bayview streets between Third Avenue and No 1 Road in Steveston. This quaint little Richmond area burg appears to have embraced its alternate identity (hey, tourist money!). Although filming had not yet started, some of the buildings retained their “Storybrooke” signage. Others were disconcertingly Steveston/Canadian.

Actually walking the street and seeing where everything is relative to everything else gives you a three-dimensional context when you go back to watch the show. In each new scene, you can orient yourself and say, “The characters are near X. Yep, there it is.” It also makes you notice how often the show uses shipping pallets stacked against walls to hide the Steveston signs.

Another thing you notice upon rewatch is when the same business is sometimes named one thing, sometimes named something else in different episodes. Perhaps the name changed in real life, or maybe they just didn’t bother covering up the real name in early episodes. On-screen and off-screen photos follow. Because I really am that geeky. Warning: Image heavy. All screencaps courtesy of screencapped.net.

Storybrooke Cannery:

Gulf of Georgia Cannery, Steveston photo 1_P1090488_zps4119c836.jpg Gulf of Georgia Cannery

Episode 2.01, Broken photo 1_ouat201_0611_zps595a2f91.jpg Episode 2.01, Broken

Episode 2.19, Lacey photo 1_ouat0219hd-0258_zps7cf49d1b.jpg Episode 2.19, Lacey

 

Mr. Gold’s shop:

It's Posh boutique, Steveston photo 2_P1090496_zps36aa4f7c.jpg It’s Posh boutique, Steveston. People in pic are OUAT crew scouting the location.

Episode 1.19, The Return photo 2_ouat0119br-0072_zps6ac7be05.jpg Episode 1.19, The Return

 

Storybrooke Library

Nikka Fishing Marine, Steveston photo 8_DSCF3573_zpscd5ff461.jpg Nikka Fishing Marine, Steveston. Note lack of a clock tower. It is CGI’d into TV shots in post-production.

Episode 1.02, The Thing You Love Most photo ouat0102br-0049b_zps14954cd3.jpg Episode 1.02, The Thing You Love Most

 

Marine Garage:

Marine Garage, Steveston photo 9_DSCF3571_zpsd6693ca7.jpg Marine Garage, Steveston

Episode 1.02, The Thing You Love Most photo 9_ouat0102br-0053_zpsb8f3786c.jpg Episode 1.02, The Thing You Love Most

 

Storybrooke Hardware and Paint

Steveston Marine and Hardware photo 3_DSCF3575_zpsd563d451.jpg Steveston Marine and Hardware

Episode 1.22, A Land Without Magic photo 3_ouat0122br-1525_zps84e655a3.jpg Episode 1.22, A Land Without Magic

 

Downtown Storybrooke

Second Avenue and Moncton St, Steveston photo 4_IMG_20140704_104609863_zpsdc08d90d.jpg Second Avenue and Moncton St, Steveston (photo credit:  Jane Pine)

Episode 1.22, A Land Without Magic photo 4_ouat0122br-1677_zps6924f391.jpg Episode 1.22, A Land Without Magic

Moncton Street, Steveston photo 5_DSCF3576_zps9e9da766.jpg Moncton Street, Steveston

Episode 1.02, The Thing You Love Most photo 5_ouat0102br-0056_zpsa267e9f4.jpg Episode 1.02, The Thing You Love Most

Moncton Street, Steveston photo 6_DSCF3577_zpscda21462.jpg Moncton Street, Steveston

Episode 2.17, Welcome To Storybrooke photo 6_ouat0217-0262_zps511c2526.jpg Episode 2.17, Welcome To Storybrooke

Moncton Street, Steveston photo 7_DSCF3583_zpsded63c96.jpg Moncton Street, Steveston. Note they just left the name there. Then not-so-subtely remind you, “You’re in Canada!”

Episode 1.02, The Thing You Love Most photo 7_ouat0102br-1110_zpscf6bf9c0.jpg Episode 1.02, The Thing You Love Most

 

Storybrooke Pet Shelter:

Moncton Street, Steveston photo a_P1090502_zps291606ed.jpg Moncton Street, Steveston. Another place they left in TV land.

Episode 2.01, Broken photo a_ouat201_0299_zps6f865448.jpg Episode 2.01, Broken

 

Granny’s Diner:

Moncton Street, Steveston photo b_P1090503_zpsd5dd9af4.jpg Steveston Cannery Cafe

Episode 2.01, Broken photo b_ouat201_0320_zpsf0929b91.jpg Episode 2.01, Broken

 

Storybrooke Post Office

Moncton Street, Steveston photo c_DSCF3590_zpsd32c2aca.jpg Steveston Information/Tourist Office. Full of fun OUAT facts. And souvenirs.

Episode 1.04, The Price of Gold photo c_ouat0104br-0572_zps82138158.jpg Episode 1.04, The Price of Gold

 

Winemakers

Moncton Street, Steveston photo d_DSCF3586_zps3404fc3e.jpg Steveston Winemakers. I actually went in here looking for wine. Silly American. They just bottle it.

Episode 1.04, The Price of Gold photo d_ouat0104br-0574_zpscdd20721.jpg Episode 1.04, The Price of Gold. Store is on far right. Pretty sure it still says “Steveston” in the distance there.

 

Storybrooke Marina

Steveston Marina photo f_P1090514_zps84cf812f.jpg Steveston Marina. Some yummy restaurants in this area.

Episode 3.10, The New Neverland photo f_ouat310-0001_zps1f97c9c6.jpg Episode 3.10, The New Neverland

Steveston Marina photo g_IMG_20140704_111032153_zps05fd80a2.jpg Why do photographs always catch me when I drop my smile? (photo credit: )

Episode 1.18, The Stable Boy photo g_ouat0118br-0839_zps6a10df59.jpg Episode 1.18, The Stable Boy

Steveston Marina photo e_P1090518_zps280f5d62.jpg Steveston Marina

Episode 2.13, Tiny photo e_ouat0213-2432_zps08cc1d01.jpg Episode 2.13, Tiny

 

Some of the external shots of Storybrooke are actually filmed in Fort Langley, BC, including the town hall:

Fort Langley Community Center photo h_DSCF3523_zpse12cab2e.jpg Fort Langley Community Center

Episode 1.08, Desperate Souls photo h_ouat0108br-1099_zpsd45519d0.jpg Episode 1.08, Desperate Souls

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