RICHMOND, B.C., February 17, 2016 - The City of Richmond and Tourism Richmond congratulate ABC for the 100th episode of the network's hit series Once Upon a Time - which films in historic Steveston Village, the setting for the show's fictional town, Storybrooke.

"Now in its fifth season, Once Upon A Time has been a great addition to Richmond. Its filming attracts local fans as well as those from around the world to Steveston Village, enhancing its reputation as a regional tourist destination," said Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie. "The series has also contributed to a significant increase in filming activity in Richmond, which brings social and economic benefits to the community - creating hundreds of well-paying jobs for our residents and millions in economic outcomes."

The real Mayor of Storybrooke, Richmond's Mayor Malcolm Brodie, was interviewed for the show's first season DVD/BluRay compilation. A six minute bonus feature, hosted by the cast, interviews the Mayor, Steveston business owners whose storefronts are transformed for the shoots, and the crew. As Mayor Brodie said, "There's something about the atmosphere of the Village of Steveston. This was a fishing village first and foremost ... and it works, it just all fits together."

"Fans arrive year-round to Steveston to visit and watch while the series is being filmed," said Tracy Lakeman, CEO of Tourism Richmond. "With the series' current stars, previous cast members, and special guest stars appearing over the run of the series, film days do attract both local fans and fans from around the world. Film days are the perfect opportunity for ‘Oncers' to come to Richmond to see their favourite stars in action, as well as to discover what a special place Steveston is."

The series'100th episode will air on ABC/CTV on Sunday, March 6, 2016 from 8:00-9:00 (PM ET/PT).

About Once Upon a Time
Master storytellers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz ("Lost," "Tron: Legacy") invite everyone to join Emma Swan, Snow White, Prince Charming, The Evil Queen, Hook and all the other resident fairytale characters, of Storybrooke, Maine, as they cope with Emma's new role as The Dark One and begin the search for Merlin. This is a journey that will take our heroes from the Enchanted Forest to Camelot and along the way bring many surprises, including encounters with a brave and headstrong Scottish princess named Merida. As the season continues, new fairy tale characters will be revealed and old acquaintances will be revisited. Not everyone can be trusted but one thing remains true -- you never give up on the people you love...


About the City of Richmond
The City of Richmond, BC is a growing and dynamic urban centre on British Columbia's west coast. Richmond offers a unique mix of residential and commercial property, agricultural lands, industrial parks, public amenities, heritage sites and natural areas. Geographically, it lies where the Fraser River meets the Pacific Ocean, close to the USA border and neighbouring cities. With a population of over 207,000, people in Richmond have the longest life expectancy in Canada as reported in a recent report by Statistics Canada.

About Tourism Richmond
Tourism Richmond is a non-profit, membership driven destination marketing organization (DMO). The primary mandate of Tourism Richmond is to enhance awareness about the destination through sales and marketing initiatives and by providing excellent visitor and member services. Ultimately, the organization's goal is to increase economic activity related to tourism for the City of Richmond and all stakeholders. In 2010, Tourism Richmond earned B.C.'s DMO Professional Excellence Award and shared another two awards with the City of Richmond, the Sport Tourism Community Legacy Award at the annual BC Tourism Industry Awards, and the Community Excellence Award from the Union of BC Municipalities. Tourism Richmond is British Columbia's 4th largest DMO.