5 Famous Movies That Were Filmed in Victoria, British Columbia

Whether you’re studying or traveling in the Victoria area, make sure you check out some of these amazingly idyllic film locations.

14 July 2021

Victoria is hands down one of the most picturesque towns in Canada. Think charming colonial-style homes and buildings, copious flower beds, and a placid harbour ringed by evergreen pine trees. It’s almost cinematic how beautiful the capital city of British Columbia is, which explains why it’s become a popular choice for production companies in search of a stunning backdrop for their next film or TV show.  

Whether you’re studying or traveling in the Victoria area, make sure you check out some of these amazingly idyllic film locations. 


The X-Men movie franchise

hugh jackman as wolverine

Film fans will be excited to visit nearby Colwood in Greater Victoria, where Hatley Castle is located. This Edwardian castle was built in 1908, and thanks to its imposing facade and ornate interior design, it’s become a popular filming location. The castle was used as the backdrop for television series like Smallville and Arrow, as well as loads of successful films such as Deadpool and The Changeling. Movie buffs will most likely recognize the location from the blockbuster X-Men film series, which uses the castle as the backdrop for Professor Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters. 


Little Women

little women movie poster

The 1994 film adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic coming-of-age novel was a huge hit with audiences when it was first released. Starring Winona Ryder, Kirsten Dunst, Claire Danes and Christian Bale, the movie was filmed primarily on Vancouver Island where Victoria is located, and you’ll spot some of the beautiful 19th century buildings in several of the scenes. In particular, Craigdarroch Castle – a Victorian-era mansion built by a local coal baron – was used to film ballroom dancing scenes where plenty of drama unfolds on the dance floor. 


Scary Movie 

victoria high school

Victoria High School, or “Vic High” as it’s known locally, is a great spot for shooting scenes set in and around a school. The school itself has been around since 1876, and is the oldest public high school in western Canada. Several scenes from the comedy horror film Scary Movie were filmed at Vic High, and an entire circular fountain was actually temporarily installed on the front lawn, then removed once the film had wrapped.  


Bird On a Wire

narrow alley lined with brick buildings

This 1990 film starring Goldie Hawn and Mel Gibson was a massive hit when it first came out, and is well worth checking out if you haven’t already seen it! Viewers familiar with Victoria should notice its iconic Chinatown – the oldest in Canada and the second oldest in North America (after San Francisco). In one of the movie’s scenes, a riveting motorcycle chase takes places down the narrow back alleys of the districts, where former opium dens and gambling parlours have now been turned into trendy shops and restaurants. Head down to this historic district and see if you can find Fan Tan Alley – the narrowest street in Canada!  


Hallmark movies 

woman wearing a red scarf in a hallmark movie

If you’re more of a romantic, chances are you’ve watched at least one Hallmark movie. The seaside neighborhood of Oak Bay is one of the most popular places to shoot these made-for-TV movies, which normally feature single women who meet the love of their lives in the most unexpected of places. From holiday specials like Christmas Bells Are Ringing to tales of royal romance like Once Upon a Prince, Oak Bay has become the go-to for that picture-perfect small town atmosphere so conducive to true love. Check out some of Hallmark’s movie titles before heading to Oak Bay to explore for yourself!   

Inner Harbour
inner harbour

5 Famous Movies That Were

Filmed in Victoria, British Columbia
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