There are tons of familiar buildings and places for Once Upon a Time fans to see if they visit the real life “Storybrooke,” as I found out when I spoke with Ed from Visit Richmond BC at the Visitor’s Centre in downtown Steveston. In episode 45, I talked to Ed about the impact that ABC has had on the small fishing town of Steveston as well as what visitors to the town can expect. In episode 46, we walked around the town of Steveston and Ed pointed out some behind the scenes information about the Once Upon a Time filming that happens in their little town!
Welcome to Steveston
The first stop in Steveston was the Visitor’s Centre! This is where you can get all of the licensed Once Upon a Time merchandise, and a helpful map detailing all of the storefronts in town and the names of their Storybrooke counterparts.
Next up, Granny’s Diner (the Cannery Cafe in real life) which is near the Visitor’s Centre. (In between, there’s a tiny park that’s also been used in OUAT filming.)
You’ll see the “Storybrooke Library” (which is not actually a library – and doesn’t actually have a clock tower!) on the street corner.
On another corner is the storefront used for Mr. Gold’s shop. (In real life, it’s a cute gift shop.)
Close up of the window (reflecting the “clock tower”).
On another part of the street is a garage that sometimes makes it on camera in Once Upon a Time. The day I was in Steveston, Emma’s car used on the show was parked outside!
I was told this storefront would be an important part of season 4 (we now know why!) Unfortunately it’s not a real ice cream store. ABC staged the front and the inside is used for prop storage. Ed also mentioned that the restaurant next door was used as Bo Peep’s butcher shop.
Steveston is a very picturesque town even without all of the interesting OUAT filming locations.
The Gulf of Georgia Cannery has appeared from time to time in OUAT. It’s actually a historical site and museum.
Near the cannery, you will find some amazing fish & chips at Pajo’s located literally on a barge on the harbour. Perfect for a meal after a busy day in “Storybrooke.”
…and because fish & chips don’t travel well on planes, instead I got a bag of coffee beans from Steveston Coffee Company to enjoy at home in my Once Upon a Time mug (the official mug is available at the Visitor’s Centre!)
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