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Vancouver SPN picspam

So way back in March, I went to Vancouver and spent a day being driven around by the lovely alaidh , who not only has a great memory and a great eye for locations that have been in SPN episodes, but a great deal of patience for me, who was all, "I don't know what I want to see...just show me something!"  Because I know some of you are going to Vancouver next week, for which I am insanely jealous, here's some shots of the places we saw (one point per place you recognize before reading the caption):

"Oh mama, I'm in fear for my life from the long arm of the law..."

Of course, I was geeking out because there was a historical sign about how this was the oldest parking garage in North America, and it's built over a street, which is highly unusual.  But the OMG Nightshifters moment was cool, too.  The roof of the same garage is where the angel died at the beginning of "The Rapture", but I didn't get a pic of that.

Just down the street is this:

This is one of the few I recognized on sight: it's from early in "Sympathy for the Devil," when Sam is leaving the hotel and walking up this incline.  In the background, underneath the parking garage, is this:

At the time, what we knew it as was where they filmed the chase scene from "I Robot" that's supposed to be under the El tracks in Chicago.  Which makes me think that this is where Dean finds Death in "Two Minutes to Midnight" as well.

So those were all in New Westminster, along with some other sites that I didn't recognize on sight but later kicked myself for not taking pictures of when alaidh said to.  Then we drove to the Watchmen set, which was in the middle of suburbia across from and next to a bunch of strip malls and big box stores, which cracked me up.   It was also way cool to see this huge set (behind a chain-link fence) including the fake facades and Chicago El station mock-up.  Also, zombies!

Apparently there have been seven eps in total filmed here, but "The End" was the easiest one to spot. Then it was past the studio, which we didn't think would be too exciting because they were out on location that day.  But we were driving around back, and lo and behold, what did we see in the parking lot?

I think we both squeed out loud.  Then we hopped out and took lots of pictures through the fence.  Later, alaidh figured that it wasn't a 1967 model, but given that it was parked in the studio lot, it has to have something do with the show, right?  Right.

Then it was off to somewhere I had no trouble recognizing on sight:

Riverview Asylum has appeared in many, many, many TV shows and movies.  For us, the exterior was in "Asylum" and "Folsom Prison Blues" (around the back), and the interior was in "In My Time of Dying" and "Yellow Fever". 

Plus the other buildings that have been in "On the Head of a Pin" and "Sam, Interrupted."

Then it was on to what turned out to be my favorite spot.  We're on the opposite side of the river from New Westminster, able to see the "Nightshifter" parking garage on the other side. 

The Bridge of Awkwardness. "So are we cool after you calling me weak and me almost beheading you with a fire axe?"  "Uh, yeah, totally cool.  No problems here.  Nothing that's going to fester until I end up whaling on you and almost strangling you before going to let Lucifer out."  "Oh, okay, as long as we're cool."  *sigh* Oh, boys.

A short distance behind where I'm standing is the bar from "Sex and Violence," which is on a freaking campground and not in the middle of a little town like you would think.  That was one of the coolest things about this trip, seeing how you can have all of these spots right in the middle of the city that look like you're in rural Iowa or something if you get the camera angle just right.  These little leftover kinds of spaces fascinate me, and I think it's one of the reasons Vancouver is such a good place to film something that's set all over the U.S., because there's so many of them.

Then it was in the car for a bit of a drive down to  OMG IT'S MULDER AND SCULLY!

And it's the house from "Family Remains", but to me it's the X-Files version of the Benders, "Home". 

Two more stops on the tour: the first one was a former small amusement park next to the highway:

Sadly, there were no giant pretzels or bar wenches to be seen, but it was still cool. It was also weird to see it in color, LOL.  Like the asylum, we could get up to the door and take pictures through the fence or gate across the door, but not actually go inside, so seeing the pictures is actually a clearer view than being there in person, if that makes sense.

Finally, it was off to Steveston to try and find evil!Sam:

We couldn't find exactly where Dean fell in the water, but it was getting dark and there was still a ways for both of us to go to get home.  That second picture is funny because I stuck the lens of my camera into a hole in the wall of this building to take a picture of the inside, where possessed!Sam was chasing Dean around in BUABS.  So I never actually saw the interior except in this image, LOL.

I know there were more locations in downtown Vancouver that I could have found on my own if I'd had more time, like the church from "Houses of the Holy" or the bank from "Nightshifter", but my friend I was traveling with thought I was weird enough to take a whole day to visit shooting locations, so, oh well, maybe next time. There's a really spiffy map here that I wish I'd gotten around to looking at before I went, and also some incredibly detailed PDF files at that same site with pictures of the scenes in question and maps of the immediate vicinity.



( 17 comments — Leave a comment )
Aug. 20th, 2010 06:44 am (UTC)
OMFG GEEK OUT... I'm the most envious Cat in the world that ever envied... ARrrGH. This is sooo beyond cool, memming, memming, memming.
Aug. 20th, 2010 03:28 pm (UTC)
The one good thing about putting off this post for so long is that I got to reminisce while I was putting it together. Of course, now I really want to go back, LOL!
Aug. 20th, 2010 11:05 am (UTC)
So AWESOME!!!!!! Me and my roomies are going location-hunting on Thursday, now I really, really can't wait! :D

Aug. 20th, 2010 03:29 pm (UTC)
You would be one of those people I'm jealous of. ;) Seriously, check out the link at the end of the post...it has everything you'll need.
Aug. 20th, 2010 12:07 pm (UTC)
I ♥ this kind of thing SO much! I've attempted similar stuff on my trips to Vancouver, but haven't been there since partway thru season 4, so a lot of this was new to me! I think I'll bookmark it in case I ever go back!

You did an awesome job!
Aug. 20th, 2010 03:30 pm (UTC)
I got such a kick out of it! The first time I ever did this was in L.A. with NUMB3RS, where someone who knew someone got a group of us a tour of the studio, including the "FBI building". It was hilarious to have this group of women going around OMGing about what's practically sacred ground to us, while there's people who work in the building just going on their smoke breaks and stuff.
Aug. 20th, 2010 02:47 pm (UTC)
LOL when I look at my flist in the morning I usually just open a bunch of tabs for the posts I wanna read then go back later, and I forgot what post I was on but saw that first shot and got ridiculously excited at the view.

These are all so awesome! I'm visiting neros_violin and Vancouver in two weeks and I told her we have to go see all these things, so this all feels like a nice tease :)
Aug. 20th, 2010 03:32 pm (UTC)
The parking garage, the bridge, and the asylum were the real OMG! moments where I seriously felt like I would see Dean and Sam if I looked at the right moment. And yes, you would be another one of the people I'm jealous of. ;) Do take a look at the page I linked to; they have an amazing collection of locations to go and look at.
Aug. 20th, 2010 03:36 pm (UTC)
Jealous whuuuuut? You've already been there :-P

I will definitely check that site. I promised her I'd look into some touristy/local stuff so I had SOME idea on what I want to see when there, besides her face.
Aug. 21st, 2010 04:08 am (UTC)
Yes, but hard as we tried, we didn't actually see the boys! And Vancouver is gorgeous whether you're location-hunting or not.
Aug. 20th, 2010 03:11 pm (UTC)
so you were doing an SPN pilgrimage and possible stalking :P
Aug. 20th, 2010 03:33 pm (UTC)
Yes! Because I miss doing that in Pasadena, LOL. We tried to stalk the location where they were shooting, but it turned out it was another show being shot there. *sigh*
Aug. 22nd, 2010 12:01 pm (UTC)
You might want to also check out Alaidh's flickr page for the diptychs we're are putting together - both for Supernatural and other things that have filmed in Vancouver.

Aug. 23rd, 2010 03:03 am (UTC)
Ooh, I'd forgotten about those; they are so cool. Thanks!
Aug. 23rd, 2010 07:34 am (UTC)
You're welcome. :)
Aug. 23rd, 2010 09:55 am (UTC)
I just got a bunch of shots of 2400 Motel, too, so hopefully we can get those diptychs done, too. And if anyone who is coming to Van needs some pointers on how to get to where you're going, just e-mail me at alaidhcat@yahoo.com and I'll be happy to help!

Oh, btw, Zed (*grin*), the spot where Dean fell in the water? Right behind that building in your photo!

Oh, and remember the weird auto graveyard? It was probably an attempt to slow down erosion.
Aug. 25th, 2010 03:15 pm (UTC)
I've added a couple of X-Files ones now.
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