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08/18/2011

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This episode has two locations.
1.  Forest where Helo shoots a Six
Lynn Canyon Park, 3663 Park Road in Lynn Valley
Take a virtual tour at the Lynn Canyon Park website.
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Google Earth map provided by Kent Sponagle.
Find the gravel access road that runs through Lynn Canyon Park and follow it to the south end of the Bear Trail. Helo shot a Six here (it's also the main Kobol campsite). Matching this site in the park seemed near impossible, so the match above is similar at best. Did you have better luck? Please contact us with stories and photos!

On our first visit, we walked the Bear Trail (having asked at the Ecology Centre where productions usually film in the park) and, ironically enough, heard a very loud bear call at the bottom of the trail. I only knew what it was for sure because it sounded like Chewbacca, and I knew they used some bear sounds for him (I'm not particularly outdoorsy, lol). We made a lot of noise talking and jingling keys and high tailed it out of there! Especially if you're visiting on a weekday, when the park is not busy, consider bear bells or some other noise maker.


2.  Baltar's house
Tidewater Way, Lions Bay

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Travel Tips: Baltar's house at Lions Bay is another location not to be missed. Park in the public lot near the water, and use the public beach access. Don't be like us and spend at least half an hour taking pictures of the water, ourselves and the water, the rocks, ourselves and the rocks, and not notice the house behind you! Near the washrooms is a raised grassy area where you can enjoy a spectacular view of the house and the water, perfect for a picnic. (We've had two--one on each trip. :D) Even the ~35-minute drive from Vancouver is amazing--with a postcard view around every turn.

 

Water

08/16/2011

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This episode has two locations.

1.  Baltar's House
Tidewater Way, Lions Bay
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Travel Tips: Baltar's house at Lions Bay is another location not to be missed. Park in the public lot near the water, and use the public beach access. Don't be like us and spend at least half an hour taking pictures of the water, ourselves and the water, the rocks, ourselves and the rocks, and not notice the house behind! Near the washrooms is a raised grassy area where you can enjoy a spectacular view (the one on the bottom left) of the house and the water, perfect for a picnic (we've had two--one on each trip :D). Even the drive from Vancouver is amazing (~35 min), with a postcard view around every turn.

2.  Sharon and Helo campfire site
Quarry Picnic Area, Cypress Provincial Park, West Vancouver. The access road to the park is from the Upper levels Highway (routes 1 and 99) in West Vancouver. From the city of Vancouver, access is by crossing the Lions Gate Bridge to the Upper Levels Highway via Taylor Way in West Vancouver.

Map of Cypress Provincial Park 
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Help Needed: We've not been to Cypress Provincial Park. Looking at the map (the link above), the Quarry picnic area may be located by Quarry Lookout. Locations can often be found off main roads very close to the entrance of parks (production needs easy access). There is a marked picnic area on the map that is much farther into the park. Did you make this trip? Please contact us to share your stories and pics for the site!

 
 
This episode has two locations.
1.  The Astral Queen
Private property, Surrey
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Location Notes: This location was once a power plant, but is now a recycling facility.  

2.  Entering Caprica
Flight Centre Library Square, 203-345 Robson Street, Vancouver (downtown)
Travel Tips: Distinctive and beautiful, the Flight Centre Library Square is not to be missed if you're downtown. It can easily be combined with a trip to the Orpheum Theatre (Opera House) and/or other downtown locations. Many are within walking distance of each other.
 
 
This episode has three locations.
1.  Zak's Funeral
Mountainview Cemetery, north of 33 Avenue, Vancouver
Travel Tip: The location is just north of 33 Avenue. The lower photos were provided by the 13th Colony and were taken from camera positions used in the show. We didn't have a chance to visit this site, but from Google Earth, it seems possible to check it out without disturbing the cemetery at all.

2.  Caprican 'Air Force' Base
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Location Notes: The exteriors where Adama meets Kara for the first time were filmed on the lot at Vancouver Film Studios.

3.  Helo and Sharon Bomb Shelter
The Alibi Room, 157 Alexander Street, Vancouver
Travel Tips: The Alibi Room is located in Gastown, a hip shopping and lifestyle neighbourhood that offers 'the complete Vancouver experience.' It was cool to be able to sit and eat on a 'set' from the show. The Alibi Room offers a wide selection of beer--my 'maple beer' unfortunately tasted like someone had squeezed Aunt Jemima directly into a pilsner, but perhaps you will make a better choice. The shopping and architecture in the area are great!
 
 
This episode has two locations.
1.  Kara's crash landing site
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Location notes: This is a private, active rock quarry in Coquitlam. There is no public access and the site is dangerous, so we don't recommend trying to visit. This was the same quarry used for the Cylon firing squad scenes from the New Caprica arc.

2.  Sharon and Helo Bomb Shelter
Alibi Restaurant, 157 Alexander Street, Vancouver
Travel Tips: The Alibi Room is located in Gastown, a hip shopping and lifestyle neighbourhood that offers 'the complete Vancouver experience.' It was cool to be able to sit and eat on a 'set' from the show (the Alibi Room offers a wide selection of beer--my 'maple beer' unfortunately tasted like someone had squeezed Aunt Jemima directly into a pilsner, but perhaps you will make a better choice). The shopping and architecture in the area are great!
 

Litmus

08/14/2011

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This episode has two locations.
The Woodwards Building (roof and parking garage), West Hastings Street, Vancouver
Travel Tips: The Woodwards Building has unfortunately been torn down, but we're including the address here since you can walk the street and see the same buildings that Doral, Six and Sharon saw. The parking garage under this same building was used for the area where Helo finds the injured Sharon and, you'll note from the cap above, that it was also the interior of the museum at Delphi (Kobol's Last Gleaming II).

2.  Cylon Occupied Vancouver
650 West Georgia street, Vancouver
Travel Tips: This location can be easily made part of a downtown trip. Make sure you have a good map! Anne and I found it really easy to get disoriented downtown.

3.  Helo's Fire Escape
340 Cambie Street (Gastown District)
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Travel Tips: Steve Fronczek, of Galactiguise, and Valorie Hoye of The 13th Colony, scouted this location and report that it's in a very sketchy area of downtown Vancouver. It's the Pub 340 roof and fire escape. Considering that they saw spent needles on the ground there, we don't recommend visiting this site.

 
 
This episode has two locations.
1.  Sharon and Helo on the Bridge/Sex Scene
Harbourview Park. The best access is by parking at Pet Smart, 1302 Cotton Drive, North Vancouver

Check out the story of the 13th Colony visiting this site on their blog.
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Google Earth map courtesy of Kent Sponagle.
Travel Tips: The bridge and the sex scene were filmed in Harbourview Park. The bridge is currently being reconstructed, so there may be no reason to visit. Please contact us if you have any recent information. Thanks to the 13th Colony for the amazing pics!





2.  Baltar's house
Tidewater Way, Lions Bay, BC
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Travel Tips: Baltar's house at Lions Bay is another location not to be missed. Park in the public lot near the water, and use the public beach access. Don't be like us and spend at least half an hour taking pictures of the water, ourselves and the water, the rocks, ourselves and the rocks, and not notice the house behind! Near the washrooms is a raised grassy area where you can enjoy a spectacular view (the one on the bottom left) of the house and the water--perfect for a picnic (we've had two--one on each trip :D). Even the ~35-minute drive from Vancouver is amazing, with a postcard view around every turn.

 
 
Both locations in this episode were in the same park.
Robert Burnaby Park, at the south end near the baseball diamond, located off Edmonds and 4 Street
1.  Roslin's Dream Forest
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Travel Tips: There is a parking lot right in front of the baseball diamond. Follow the path on the right field (right side) of the baseball diamond into the woods. The tree where Leoben covers Laura's mouth appears right away. If you turn left and continue, in about 10-20 meters you'll come upon the location in the bottom photos. The location of the second photo is more difficult. The key is to find the tree in the foreground--it's much narrower in real life than it looks in the pictures, but it's intact, exactly as it was years ago when this was filmed. This site beats the Kobol sites for tree matching!

2.  Six and Doral's Swingset
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Photo courtesy of the 13th Colony
Location Notes: Kent indicated that the swing set was close to the entrance to the forest. The 13th Colony verified this at a meet up in Robert Burnaby Park. They were able to match the swing set area to a behind-the-scenes photo and shared their findings with us!

 
 
Six and Doral on Nuked Caprica
Westbound on West Cordova Street right after Burrard Street, down the block from the 'Waterfront Centre.'
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Travel Tips: Adjacent is a pic of the entrance. This tunnel leads to an underground parking garage on West Cordova Street. You will be taking your life in your hands to take a photo here (I lived, but Anne did point out the 'no pedestrians' sign that I didn't even notice until I came back). The owners of battlestarlocations.com take no responsibility for and advise against attempting to get this shot!

 
 
This episode has three locations.
1.  Helo/Sharon at stable
North Shore Equestrian Centre, 1301 Lillooet Road, North Vancouver, close to Capilano University  
North Shore Equestrian Centre Website
Travel Tips: This is a private business, but very welcoming to visitors. Use the website above to contact the owners before you go. When planning a trip to North Vancouver, click on its category on the right to see all the locations you can visit. The sites here are within minutes of each other.

2.  Six on the Gravel Road
Inter River Park (visible from the Equestrian Centre), North Vancouver
Travel Tip: This site is visible from the Equestrian Centre, virtually from where Sharon was using her binoculars. It  has changed somewhat over the years (now paved instead of gravel). To get a better match to the screencap, you would have to go to the park.

3.  Baltar's House

Tidewater Way, Lions Bay
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Travel Tips: Baltar's house at Lions Bay is another location not to be missed. Park in the public lot near the water, and use the public beach access. Don't be like us and spend at least half an hour taking pictures of the water, ourselves and the water, the rocks, ourselves and the rocks, and not notice the house behind! Near the washrooms is a raised grassy area where you can enjoy a spectacular view (the one on the bottom left) of the house and the water, perfect for a picnic.  We've had two, one on each trip. :D Even the ~35 minute drive from Vancouver is amazing with a postcard view around every turn.