Once Upon a Time

Once Upon a Time FAQs

Have a question about visiting the Real Stoybrooke? Here are the answers to a few of the most frequently asked questions!  

Where is Steveston?

Steveston is a historic fishing village located in southwest corner of the city of Richmond, British Columbia. Many people are surprised to learn that the real Storybrooke is actually in Canada!

Is Once Upon a Time still filming in Steveston?

After 7 amazing seasons, ABC announced that the show would be coming to an end. The series finale aired in May 2018. Final filming in Steveston took place on March 28 & 29, 2018. 

Can I still visit Steveston?

Absolutely! Steveston is a vibrant neighbourhood, and you can visit at any time. Much of the filming happened along Moncton Street, and many buildings and places seen on the show are still very recognizable.

What used to happen on film days?

Film notices were released a few days in advance (typically 2 - 10 days) of filming. As soon as a film notice was received, the information was posted on our Facebook and Twitter accounts.
Filming in Steveston would typically occur on 1 - 3 day(s) per month, but really depended on which locations the script called for. Signage and sets would go up the day before filming, and come down the day after. Filming took place from July through to March.
Information about who would be on set was never released, so it would always be a surprise to see which actors and actresses would be on set.

How do I get to Steveston by air?

The Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is actually located in Richmond, BC! Once you fly here, you will only be 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 varies depending on your starting location. Translink offers a Trip Planning tool you can enter your start and end locations into (a good Steveston Village end location is our Visitor Centre, located at 3811 Moncton Street). The Concierge team at your hotel can also help you make local travel plans. 

Which hotel should I stay at?

Richmond is home to over 20 hotels, all located within approximately 15 –20 minutes from Vancouver International Airport (YVR), and approximately 15 –20 minutes from Steveston.

Can I purchase merchandise from the Visitor Centre online?

No, but we look forward to welcoming you to Steveston so that you can see the Real Storybrooke in person! A limited amount of merchandise is available at the Visitor Centre, and Once Upon a Time walking maps are available.

Where can I learn more about planning a trip to Richmond?

Visit our main website for information on planning a trip, things to see and do, places to eat, and more! You can also check out our calendar of events and our blog for more inspiration.