“Anything is possible…if you believe.”
Richmond’s Steveston, an historic fishing town, plays the part of Storybrooke in ABC’s hit TV show Once Upon a Time (2011-2018). If you’re a fan, you can stop by the seasonal Tourism Richmond Visitor Kiosk in Steveston, open from July-September (hours tbd), located on Bayview Street and purchase Once Upon a Time merchandise and a walking map. Follow stars’, such as Robert Carlyle (Rumplestiltskin), Jennifer Morrison (Emma Swan), and Lana Parrilla (Regina Mills), footsteps to featured buildings and sites. Much of the filming took place on Moncton Street.
This fantasy adventure drama shifts between two realities, a fantastical world and the seaside town of Storybrooke, Maine. Henry (Jared S. Gilmore), the main character, finds out that the townspeople are actually fairy-tale characters (spoiler alert: the mayor is an evil queen!). The series explores the backstories and magic of the characters and both worlds.
Keep an eye out for :
Storybrooke Post Office (Steveston Museum & Post Office)
Granny’s Diner (The Cannery Café )
Storybrooke Cannery (The Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site)
Storybrooke Fish & Chips (Pajo’s Fish and Chips)
Come Explore Once Upon A Time With Your Taste Buds!
Several places in Steveston have Once Upon a Time-themed food and beverages. Try the Dark Swan Latte at Village Books & Coffee House, a mysterious blend of dark chocolate and espresso with a hint of coconut; or the Henry & Emma’s Special Hot Chocolate with Cinnamon that’s available at Steveston Coffee Co. And for adult fans, Catch Kitchen + Bar even has a Once Upon a Lime martini.
Common Storybrooke Questions
Where is Steveston?
This historic fishing village is in the southwest corner of the city of Richmond, British Columbia, Canada.
How do I get to Steveston by air?
The Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is in Richmond, BC. Once you fly here, you are only minutes away from the neighbourhood of Steveston, which is easily accessible by car, taxi, or public transit.
How do I get to Steveston on public transit?
The answer to this depends on your starting location. Translink offers a Trip Planning tool for your location and destination.
Steveston is a popular film location, but Once Upon a Time has a special place in the hearts and memories of the locals. Planning a trip to Steveston? You might want to revisit this series to prime yourself and make the most of your next trip.
Photo Credit : By Kim Olynyk
Last Updated on November 5, 2022 by Tourism Richmond