We all know a lot of filming takes place in and around Vancouver, but the extent to which BC is a movie-making Mecca doesn’t stop there. Our gorgeous, lake-dotted region here in the Okanagan has played a role in many a Hollywood flick and plenty of television shows as well. I was surprised to find out just how many of my favourite television shows and movies were shot close to home. Here are 27 of those films and TV shows – how many did you know were filmed in the Okanagan?
1. The Grand Tour – Season 2, Episode 10 of the world’s greatest car show was filmed in the Okanagan. Titled, “Oh, Canada” the episode features the Area 27 F1 race track in Oliver, the rodeo grounds in Keremeos and loads of shots from around the valley as they race through the Okanagan. You can check out The Grand Tour with your prime account at Amazon here.
2. Lost In Space – Lost In Space is an interesting new series based on the old series of the same name from 1965. It’s about a family that is, you guessed it, lost in space. I’ve only peeped one episode so far, and I’m not entirely turned off yet, but we’ll see. The show is shot in many BC locations including Kamloops and Manning Park. Check it out on Netflix: Lost in Space.
3. The Big Year – Owen Wilson, Jack Black and Steve Martin. Taking a page from Wilson’s book, I had to say, “wow!”. That’s a cast I can get behind. Obviously, this is a comedy and it was shot in many different locations across beautiful BC, including Shannon Falls, Tofino, Vancouver. Closer to home though, you might recognize some shots in Osoyoos. I’ve added this one to my weekend to do list. You can peep it here.
4. Anthem of a Teenaged Prophet – I’m eager to see this movie starring Cameron Monaghan who has risen to fame as a standout actor in a cast of standouts on Showtime’s hit, Shameless. The movie is about a teenager who has premonitions that appear to come true. Filming on this project hopped between Vancouver and Kelowna. Check out the trailer:
5. Firewall – This Harrison Ford thriller was all about tech-crime. It’s high-paced and entertaining and it was shot partially in Kamloops. You can check out this flick here.
6. Deadly Lessons – As the name suggests this film, starring Angelina’s daddy, Jon Voight, is about a professor who finds himself the subject of a murder investigation. It was shot over ten years ago in Kelowna. With less than 5 stars on IMDB and a release date of 2006, I doubt many of you have seen it. Here it is if you dare.
7. Fido – Carrie-Anne Moss and Billy Connolly star in this flick, labelled comedy, drama and horror which is a strange combination if you ask me. It was filmed in Vernon, Kelowna and Armstrong, which are all supposed to be on another planet in which the population reanimates as zombies after death. Sounds like a real winner. However, Billy Connolly is enough to get me to watch just about anything, so I might be checking out this movie sometime soon. You can too, here.
8. Blackway – This movie has a star-studded cast with the likes of Anthony Hopkins, Julia Stiles and Ray Liotta. Maybe it should have been called 10 Things I Ate About The Mob? Yes, you have my permission to shame me for that in the comments, but I digress. The movie was filmed all over BC, including West Kelowna, Enderby, Vernon, Armstrong and Lumby. It’s a thriller and it’s definitely on my watch list. All you really had to say was Hopkins. Check it out here.
9. Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb – One of my all-time favourite movie series, Night at the Museum stars the late, great Robin Williams as well as Ben Stiller, Luke Wilson, Mr. Robot’s Rami Malek and comedy legend Ricky Gervais. It’s so entertaining and worth every minute it takes to watch it. Filmed partially in Kamloops, it also fueled our local economy a little bit. You can check out this comedy gold here.
10. Daughter of the Wolf – We’ve got Richard Dreyfuss in this thriller shot in Kelowna. It’s about a woman who’s son is held for a hefty ransom and that’s all I know about it because it’s still in post-production. Check out the IMDB page for more about it.
11. Wind Chill – Partially shot in Peachland, this horror stars Emily Blunt. It’s sort of a darker version of Groundhog Day with a little bit of time travel thrown in for good measure. In any case, it has awful reviews and with a tagline like “A Moody, Spooky Tale” I’m a little concerned about the writing but if you want to brave it, here it is.
12. Time Runner – Time Runner is an action/adventure/sci-fi flick starring the Jedi master himself, Mark Hamill. He’s not destroying the Death Star in this one, but he does fight an alien invasion with wormholes and time travel and all your regular sci-fi tricks. The movie was released in 1993 after being filmed in Kelowna. Check it out here.
13. The Lost Treasure of the Grand Canyon – I know, I know… this sounds like a real winner, but bear with me, it gets worse. Remember that perpetually angry chick who played Brenda on the original Beverly Hills, 90201? Shannen Doherty? Yeah, she’s in this masterpiece, too. It has horrible reviews, a 3.9-star rating on IMDB and is about evil spirits protecting a lost city researchers have discovered at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. Yep. Stay away from this one folks unless you want to see Cache Creek and Kamloops, in which case you can check it out here.
14. The Humanity Bureau – Starring everyone’s favourite meme, Nicholas Cage, this action-packed thriller was filmed in Oliver and Osoyoos and only just came out in 2017. If you like sci-fi, Nicholas Cage’s hilarious overacting or need yet another dystopian look at the not-so-far-off future, check it out here.
15. Shooter – This is a 2007 action film starring Mark Wahlberg. It’s about a sniper who sets out to stop a presidential assassination. Sounds like it’s been done before, but this one seems to have some good reviews. It’s shot in Kamloops, so may be worth checking out. Click here.
16. An Unfinished Life – With an amazing cast featuring J-Lo, Robert Redford and Morgan Freeman, this movie is definitely worth taking a peek at, I think. I haven’t seen it myself but it’s labelled drama and appears to be about mending broken relationships. That sort of subject matter can either be done amazingly well or terribly but with an average rating of 7 stars on IMDB, I’m hopeful it’s a gooder. The 2007 flick was filmed partially in Kamloops and you can check it out here.
17. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants – This 2005 chick-flick hit stars Blake Lively who is married to our very own BC boy, Ryan Reynolds. She absolutely lights up the screen in this heartfelt drama about friendship. Filmed in-part in Kamloops, you can peep this flick here.
18. Stakeout – Remember the 80s when every movie starred a member of the Sheen family? Well, this one, released in 1987, is no different. This time, we got Emilio Estevez alongside Richard Dreyfuss and Madeleine Stowe in a crime comedy where a cop falls head over heels for the subject of his stakeout. It was filmed in many locations across BC but closest to home would be a supermarket on Lakeshore in Kelowna. Check it out here.
19. Tomorrowland – This Disney effort stars George Clooney and Hugh Laurie and was filmed partially in Enderby, BC. It came out just a couple of years ago, in 2015 and is a sci-fi adventure film that has some pretty decent reviews. You can take a peek at this movie here.
20. 2012 – Another movie about the end of the world, this time exploring the predictions that life as we knew it would come to an end with the Mayan calendar. We’ve got John Cusack in this one so at least we know the acting should be alright. It came out in 2009 after being filmed in Kamloops, Ashcroft, Burnaby, Victoria and many more locations across BC. You can grab this movie here.
21. Cadence – Just on the cusp of the Sheen-era, this movie came out in 1990 and stars Charlie & Martin Sheen and Ramon Estevez, making it a perfect Sheen family trifecta. Charlie, in no real stretch from reality, plays a locked up misfit who likes to cause trouble. This was filmed in Ashcroft and Kamloops and you can catch this movie here.
22. Power Rangers – the movie version of this show stars Bryan Cranston and Bill Hader and was filmed in Kamloops, Steveston and Vancouver, BC. Check it out here.
23. The X-Files – I was such a huge fan of this show back in the day, and before they moved production to California, they filmed a ton of episodes in and around the Okanagan. Both the original series and the new one has episodes filmed in Kamloops, Ashcroft and the Cache Creek area of BC. You can grab all 9 seasons here.
24. Battlestar Galactica – This popular television show had episodes filmed in our beautiful region. Both “Rapture” (season 3, episode 12) and “The Eye of Jupiter” (season 3, episode 11) were filmed in Kamloops. Grab the complete series here.
25. Shred – Shred was filmed in 2008 at Silver Star and in Vernon. It stars Canadian comedian Tom Green and might be worth a couple of laughs. You can check it out for just 99 cents here.
26. The A-Team – This is, of course, the movie about everyone’s favourite gang of vigilantes. Starring Jessica Biel, Bradley Cooper, and Liam Neeson this 2010 flick was shot, in part, in Kamloops, BC. If you were a fan of the television show, you should totally peep this film here.
27. The Clan of the Cave Bear – This odd-looking 1986 flick is about neanderthals and stars Daryl Hannah, best known for playing a mermaid in the 1984 hit, Splash. In any case, Cave Bear was shot in several of our provincial parks around the Okanagan. Check it out here.
Have you seen any of these? Did you know they were filmed in the Okanagan? Let me know in the comments!