Once upon a time there was a seaside neighbourhood in the Vancouver area called Steveston. It is known for transforming into Storybrooke a.k.a. the fictional town in the TV show, Once Upon a Time. My cousin and I would religiously watch the series with a glass of wine in hand when I lived in Brisbane. I mean, Hook and Prince Charming are just too good to look at.
Steveston is roughly a 40 minute drive from downtown Vancouver. It is accessible via public transport, it will just take you quite awhile to get there. But yes, it is worth it. It is a quaint town that reminded me of photos I had seen of American seaside villages. There were many colourful wooden buildings with hand-crafted signs hanging from above the doors. It seemed so detached from the architecture and pace of Vancouver’s city, yet you really aren’t that far away.
Steveston is a place for wandering. Just wander and snap, wander and snap. There are boutiques and souvenir stores selling local and handmade products. The Fisherman’s Wharf is beautiful on a sunny evening. My sources tell me in the morning you can also buy fish straight off the boat from the local fisherman. Now that’s fresh!
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One of my favourite smells is that of a fresh sea breeze. I definitely got my hit that night as we sat on the patio of Sockeye’s City Grill and ate our seafood platters. Between five of us we shared two platters that included cod, halibut, calamari, oysters, prawns and fries. With some freshly cracked pepper on top it was a great way to try all different types of the local catch. Be wary though, the restaurants ain’t cheap. Because they use the locally caught produce and the fact Steveston is basically a tourist mecca, expect some inflation. But hey, it’s pretty.
After dinner we grab some gelato and frozen yoghurt from Timothy’s around the corner. Then we did an impromptu photo shoot by the waterside. We posed, seriously and hilariously. We took too many group selfies and I got my sunset shot. Perfection.
Before driving home though we found an empty playground with some very fun activities. What are you meant to do but swing, jump, slide and whirl?
Once Upon a Time in Steveston locations
Even though it is basically summer holidays for Once Upon a Time as well, there were places I saw that I remember from the show. This included the main street they film many scenes on and the pier where Hook’s boat is docked. I felt the same when I visited Warner Bros. Studios last year — putting pieces of the puzzle together. But even if you are not a fan like myself, you still need to visit. I am so glad I got the chance to visit Steveston before I left Vancouver. It is my kind of place: serene, beautiful and by the sea.