Fans can pick up a FREE Once Upon a Time walking map at the Tourism Richmond Visitor Centre on Moncton Street (where much of the filming takes place) to take their own self-guided tour of Steveston. It's fun to walk in the footsteps of the show's stars, such as Robert Carlyle (Rumplestiltskin), Jennifer Morrison (Emma Swan), and Lana Parrilla (Regina Mills)!
A few Storybrooke signs stay up all year, but most signage goes up the day before filming and then gets taken down the day after filming wraps up. Many of the buildings seen on the show are still easy to recognize, though! Here are a few of the transformations to be on the lookout for:
- The Steveston Post Office & Visitor Centre becomes the Storybrooke Post Office
- The Cannery Café becomes Granny’s Diner
- The Gulf of Georgia Cannery becomes the Storybrooke Cannery
- Pajo’s Fish & Chips becomes Storybrooke Fish & Chips
Pick up your free walking map from the Visitor Centre to learn more about the roles local businesses play on the show!
Things to Do in Steveston
Steveston is well-known for being the “Real Storybrooke,” but there is much more to this neighbourhood than Once Upon a Time!
Visitors can head out on whale watching tours between April and October; explore two National Historic Sites, the Gulf of Georgia Cannery and Britannia Shipyards; rent bicycles at Village Bikes for the perfect way to explore waterfront trails and Garry Point Park; and events such as the Steveston Salmon Festival (July) and the Richmond Maritime Festival (August) are also fun to check out! Click here to view the full calendar of events happening in Richmond.