This episode has three locations.
1.  The Opera House
850 block, corner of Smithe and Seymour Streets, Vancouver (downtown)
Travel Tips: Appearing in numerous episodes, The Opera House is an amazing spot to visit. In July and August, The Orpheum Theatre provides public tours that cost about $10 per person. The tour is two hours long and you get to explore the Orpheum from basement to attic! An article about tours in 2011: Orpheum Tours.


2.  Kobol - Raptor Crash Site
Facility run by Metro Vancouver--no public access
Travel Tips: The road to this area is private and gated--there is no public access. As a side note, the Twilight series filmed here as well.

3.  Delphi Museum

The West Mall building, Simon Fraser University 
Entrance is where Burnaby Mountain Parkway meets Gaglardi Way. 

Simon Fraser Campus Map 
Travel Tip: Used in many episodes, Simon Fraser University doubles as nuked Caprica in 'Scattered.' The West Mall Building (right across from parking) was used to represent the facade of the Delphi Museum. Finding a map on campus can be difficult, so use an online map like the one at the beginning of this post to help you plot your route through campus (or bring it up on your phone while you're there).


3.  Interior Delphi Museum
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This set was constructed in the old Woodwards building in downtown Vancouver. This building's roof is also where you see Six, Doral and Sharon standing on in Litmus. It was torn down several years ago.

 
 
This episode has two locations.
1.  Kobol - Raptor Crash Site and Area
Facility run by Metro Vancouver
Travel Tip: The road to this area is private and gated; there is no public access. As a point of interest, the Twilight series also filmed here.

2.  Kara's apartment + parking
The Waterfall Building, 1540 West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver
Travel Tips: Used in many episodes, The Waterfall Building contains Kara's apartment in both 'Valley of Darkness' and the 'Daybreak' arc. Parking is an issue--there is a gravel pay lot just across from the building that is best. There is also, appropriately, a Starbucks nearby! 
 

Fragged

08/10/2011

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This episode has two locations.
1.  Kobol - Cylon missile site
Capilano Park, 3735 Capilano Road, 
North Vancouver
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Travel Tips: Park in the Cleveland Dam parking lot. You'll be able to see 'The Lions,' the mountains used as the 'Gates of Hera' in the Kobol arc from there. Cross the Cleveland dam bridge (a site from 'The Plan') and you'll see a path on the left leading up. Walk up the path. Right about where it begins to turn, you'll see a wooden post with a small, yellow sign on it. Enter the woods here (there's an obvious path). 

Although screen matching is difficult in this park, we believe we've matched the first pic, and the one where Baltar and I are on the tree. :)  I would not recommend that anyone else try to climb on Baltar's tree. It's very slimy and it's easy to lose your grip! Did you have luck matching? Please contact us and share your pics and stories.

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! 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.

 
 

Resistance Base Camp
541A Street, Maple Ridge, BC (has been demolished)

Behind the Scenes

Photographs taken by Kent Sponagle when scouting this location.
Location Notes: The base was at the old PVI (Pacific Vocational Institute) in Maple Ridge, at the north end of 251A Street. This was a facility to teach young offenders a trade. It was torn down immediately after BSG shot there in season 2. It was slated to become a new subdivision, but as of 2012, it hadn't been developed yet. Have you been to this area? If so, please contact us with an update!  
 

The Farm

08/09/2011

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This episode has three locations.
1.  Nuked Caprica - Kara gets shot
Robert Burnaby Park, Edmonds and 4 Street, Burnaby
Travel Tips: The location is at the south end of Robert Burnaby Park, near the baseball diamond. Enter the forest beside right field. The truck and Kara's shooting were filmed along the path, and Roslin's dream sequence from 'Flesh and Bone' was filmed in the forest on the left.

Our photos above may not be perfect matches as we didn't have a lot of time to search for this particular location. Did you find it? Please contact us with stories and pics!
2.  Resistance Base
Pacific Vocational Institute, north end of 251 A street, Maple Ridge (site has been demolished)

Behind the Scenes

Below are a set of reference photos taken by location manager Kent Sponagle when scouting the site!
Location Notes: The base was at the old PVI (Pacific Vocational Institute) in Maple Ridge, north end of 251A Street. This was a facility to teach young offenders a trade. It was torn down immediately after BSG shot there in Season 2. It was slated to become a new subdivision, but nothing has been developed as of 2012. Have you been to the area? If so contact us with an update!  
3.  Kara's Hospital
Riverview Hospital, 2601 Lougheed Highway, Coquitlam
A good interactive map is here.
Travel Tips: We passed Riverview Hospital on our way to the Breeder's Canyon site in Coquitlam. Traffic can be bad here, so we'd suggest going on a weekday. This location used to be a mental institution and is now used exclusively for filming. A security vehicle drove the grounds when we were there. We didn't make any effort to hide what we were doing, and the driver simply smiled and waved at us as he drove by. The resistance base camp used for 'The Plan' is also in this complex--The Northlawn Building.

The interior scenes from The Farm were filmed on stage.
 

Home I

08/09/2011

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This episode has two locations.
1.  Kobol - Galleon Meadow 
Coquitlam, active gravel quarry, very dangerous
Travel Tips: This site is private and inaccessible along a gated road. The mountain in the foreground of the screencap on the right is from the quarry, the mountain in the background was comped in by visual effects.

2.  Kobol - Elosha's death
Lynn Canyon Park, 3663 Park Road, in Lynn Valley, North Vancouver
Take a virtual tour at the Lynn Canyon Park website.
A great park map can be found here.
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Google Earth Map provided by Kent Sponagle.
Travel Tips: Click the map to see a larger version. Find the gravel access road that runs through Lynn Canyon Park and follow it to the south end of the Bear Trail. Elosha died somewhere off the road (and the main campsite was at Bear Trail). Matching this site in the park seemed near impossible. 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.

 

Home II

08/09/2011

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This episode has four locations.
1.  Kobol - The Gates of Hera 
The Lions (peaks), Capilano Park, 3735 Capilano Road, North Vancouver
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Parking to view The Lions and cross the Cleveland Dam bridge.
Travel Tips: Park in the Cleveland Dam parking lot. On a clear day, the Lions are visible from the lot! Cloudy skies were the norm for both of our trips, so we had difficulty getting a good shot. Many thanks to The 13th Colony for the cloud-free pics! The Lions are in repose on their backs, noses in the air. You'll notice that production flipped the shot left to right.

2.  Kobol - Camp Site
Lynn Canyon Park, 3663 Park Road in Lynn Valley
Take a virtual tour at the Lynn Canyon Park Website.
A great park map can be found here.
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Google Earth map provided by Kent Sponagle.
Travel Tips: Find the gravel access road that runs through Lynn Canyon park and follow it to the south end of the Bear Trail. The main campsite was here (and Elosha died somewhere just off the road). Matching this site in the park seemed near impossible, so the matches above may be 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.


3.  Exterior Tomb of Athena

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Travel Tips: This site is at a private, active rock quarry. The road to the quarry is gated, so the site is unreachable at this time. In any case, we don't advise attempting to view rock quarries.

4.  Interior Tomb of Athena (Earth)
Royal Oak Avenue & Deer Lake Parkway, Burnaby  - part of the public Deer Lake park.   
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Google Earth map provided by Kent Sponagle.
Travel Tips: You can stand on Earth ... on Earth. :) Deer Lake Park is very easy to get to in Burnaby (not far from Robert Burnaby Park, site of Roslin's dream from Flesh and Bone). We used the Google Map to the left to find parking and the path that led to the filming location. Click for a larger version of the map. This park is home to some of the largest slugs Mo had ever seen! (They were normal sized for any of you familiar with the area.)

 
 
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 Anne and I 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.

 
 
Lee in the Water
Indian Arm on the Burrand Inlet. See Google Earth map below for where the camera boat sailed.
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Google Earth map provided by Kent Sponagle.
Help needed: We were unable to visit this site. It's not possible to view it from the opposite shore as it's mostly private land there. See below for boat rental tips. Share a photo for our website by contacting us on our about us page!

Boat and driver rentals are available on weekends out of Deep Cove ($65/hr when we inquired). The website just lists boat rentals, but if you email the marina, you can arrange for a driver as well (only on weekends). The driver is an additional $15/hr. It is far more economical to rent a boat and driver to see this site than to take an Indian Arm boat tour (these last about three hours and average over $300). It's a gorgeous area, so a fun tourist option as well!
 
 
This episode has two locations.
1.  The Riverwalk Market
Entrance is where Burnaby Mountain Parkway meets Gaglardi Way.
Simon Fraser Campus Map

Behind the Scenes

Below is a photo of the academic quadrangle at SFU dressed as Adar's Office for 'Epiphanies.' Photos are copyright Maurice Woodworth and are not to be re-used without his written consent. Our photo is included for reference.
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Photo courtesy of Guy Earle
Travel Tip: An absolute not-to-be-missed location in Burnaby, Simon Fraser University appears in many episodes. Finding a map on campus can be difficult, so use an online map like the one at the beginning of this post to help you plot your route through campus (or bring it up on your mobile device while you're there).

We recommend parking in front of the West Mall Centre (aka the museum at Delphi!) as the best way to access all the sites at SFU (see photo, click to enlarge). 




2.  Roslin's Doctor's Office
The Waterfall Building, 1540 West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver

Travel Tips: Used in many episodes, The Waterfall Building was Roslin's doctor's office in both the miniseries and Epiphanies (in flashback). Parking is an issue here--there is a gravel pay lot just across from the building that is best. There is also, appropriately, a Starbucks nearby!