Firstly, I would like to thank Greg (aka
Mikala) and Azusa for having invited
me to stay at their apartment during all my journey to
In this report you will not only discover the city and
its surroundings but also some places of the city used
in many TV shows, such Stargate, Galactica,
The X-Files and Blade.
My first day in Vancouver was a wonderful sunny day, as
all the days where I was staying in the city. After a
first tour of the streets of downtown, I was pleased to
discover so many familiar places ... such those stairs
where Richard Dean Anderson and Amanda Tapping took to
the street in Washington in episode 2x09 "Secrets"
from Stargate SG-1. At the bottom of
those stairs, you can see a place with some shops and
a covered place (the street is up!) where teenagers are
doing skateboard. And up the stairs, what is supposed
to be a government building is a simple museum (The
Vancouver Art Gallery)! While walking around
this place, we saw scaffolds with people putting lights
on the inside of a building around this place ... they
were shooting something!
A few streets from there, we could see the "Vancouver's
Fairmont Hotel" that the fans of "Blade
- The television series" will recognize
as the house of Marcus Van Sciver. Supposed to be a place
in Detroit, that building rises in the heart of Downtown
Vancouver! No vampire there, just a place for people to
stay while they are in the city!
The next place was Queen Elizabeth Park,
around 15 minutes from Downtown Vancouver, this wonderful
place was used in episode 2x04 "The Gamekeeper"
of Stargate SG-1 as the garden of the
Keeper. In this garden, you can also see the Bloedel Floral
Conservatory used in the same episode as the dome where
SG-1 was captured and pulled against their will into a
virtual reality world. A wonderful garden! 2 just-married
couples were having a photo session while we were discovering
Queen Elizabeth Park
& Bloedel Floral Conservatory
Queen Elizabeth Park
The place for "The Gamekeeper
Walking on the streets on the sunset, I was pleased
to discover the English Bay, the place
from where you can see the landscapes in Baltar's dreams
(Galactica) and supposed to be Caprica.
You can't miss it while you are in Vancouver.
The day after was a press conference about
the 200th episode of Stargate SG-1 where
I was invited, but unfortunately for some reasons that
I am not going to tell you here, it was cancelled the
day before and only the private party happened. So, sadly
I had to go with the idea that I was not going to meet
all the cast & crew of Stargate SG-1, including Richard
change of plans for this day, I went to the Simon
Fraser University, located on Burnaby Mountain,
approximately 45 minutes from Downtown by public transport.
The University, named after explorer Simon Fraser opened
in September 1965, has gained an international reputation
in less than 40 years. This place has been used for many
TV series such The X-Files (headquarters
of the FBI), Stargate SG-1 (used as "Tollana"
in 3 episodes: "Pretense", "Shades
of Grey" & "Between 2 fires")
and Battlestar Galactica (the market
place seen in the mini-series where Number 6 kills the
baby, and in episode 2x13 "Epiphanies",
where President Roslin see a kiss between Baltar and Number
Six in a flash back). Hoping to take a lot of cool photos
free from people during the school days, I had to disillusion,
there was a big anime/manga convention with hundred of
people wearing costumes for a cosplay .... I took photos
and will "erase" people from them once back
home ... that was my first idea, and my second one was
to come back on monday, hoping that the convention would
be finished (unfortunately for me it wasn't ....). It
was fun to walk around this place, sometime you feel beeing
in Tollana just going from the Stargate and sometimes
you feel in Caprica .... I did my best to take as many
photos I could without too many cosplayers ...
Sunday was again a sunny day and I took this day to walk
around all Downtown on the sea side, it was a good day
for walking. But firstly, I walked to Vancouver Public
Library to see the place used in Battlestar Galactica,
episode 1x03 "Bastille day", in the beginning
of the episode, where Sharon and Helo try to search for
survivors. All that place reminds you Caprica, you can
recognize some buildings seen in large shots of Caprica.
Actually, all Caprica city is Downtown Vancouver!
Back at SFU (Simon Fraser University) on Monday morning,
still cosplayers and the convention .... Annoyed of coming
here again for nothing I decided to do a lot more photos
of the place and even going up on the building to try
to take a global view of the "Academic Quadrangle".
What I didn't know at this point is that my friend Eric
Chu (Galactica mini-series designer) was there
the day before .... Well, I met him the next day at his
The afternoon was a visit of Stanley Park,
a huge park at the edge of the peninsula of Downtown.
I was even able to have a swim in the ocean, the sun was
hot and the view beautifull! What a cool place, you have
the mountains, forest and even the ocean where to swim
in the summer. Some people will say that the ocean is
cold but it was ok for me!
I had to come back at the appartment at 5PM to place a
phone call to Bridge Studios for my visit
of the following day. The visit is scheduled for Wednesday
but I had to call back the following day for a confirmation.
was my first meeting with Eric Chu, designer
of Battlestar Galactica, the mini-series.
We had a lunch and talked a lot about things and others,
then went at his studios where he showed me a lot of sketches
from Galactica, original conception sketches, final versions
and much more. Then he draw me a cylon (see
here) and in exchange I had to draw him a Cylon too!
It was nice to finally meet him!
You can ask him questions in TSW
Then my second appointment of the day was a few blocks
from there, Rainmaker
I will give more details about this visit in Part
3 of this report.
And finally my most anticipated day arrived: the visit
of Stargate sets!! I had the opportunity to visit an external
location and both studios of SG-1 and Atlantis!
You'll get a full report in Part
day, Thursday, I had an appointment early in the morning
with Kevan Ohtsji,
you will recognize him as the first jaffa of Lord
Yu in several episodes of Stargate SG-1.
We were going for a hike, the Grouse Grind at
Grouse Mountain, also known as The
Peak Of Vancouver. This rigorous 2.9 km (1.8 mile)
hike takes you straight up the face of Grouse Mountain.
By the time you reach the plateau, your ascent will have
gained 853 metres (2,800 feet)! All stairways from the
bottom to the top of the mountain! There, we had an appointment
with 2 friends of Kevan, including Warren Takeuchi (playing
Kitaro Sasaki in "Babylon 5: The Legend of
the Rangers"). It was .... hard .... (no
more comment). It was the first day without sun and actually
very foggy, good time for a hike but NOT good time for
the view at the top of the mountain ... I wasn't able
to take any landscape photos from there, all was completely
white! But it was a good challenge, and I did it!! Then
back with the cable-car until the bottom! I seemed like
just getting out of my bath!
that, we went back in Downtown for a well deserved breakfast;
and our next appointment with Vicky, also actress, a bit
later. The sun was back! Now was the time to rest and
we had a cruise to Horseshoe Bay were
we had a drink and a small lunch. Just a few minutes from
there was Whytecliff Park with a small
beach and a wonderful view of the sea and mountains. We
stayed there for an hour just to enjoy the sun and the
view. This day wasn't yet finished! We went back to Downtown
at Coal Harbour and did a few shopping in Robson Street.
Time for dinner and Kevan invited me to a japanese restaurant
with Vicky and Warren. Sushi's and Sashimi's: delicious!
And this was already the end of the day, and I had to
say goodbye ...
was my appointment with our favorite Prior: Greg
Anderson, at Lonsdale Quay at a boat
drive from Canada Place. We had a very
good time and a lunch with his son and a friend. Unfortunately
he was busy so we hadn't too much time togheter but I
recorded a video message for all of you: Hallowed
are the Oris! (coming soon). Oh, and
Greg asked me an autograph ... that was a funny moment,
we exchanged our autographs!
Saturday was a long awaited meeting: with my friend Mitchell
We had a lunch at a restaurant in front of English Bay,
and we also exchanged autographs!
We took some photos and then went to Mount Seymour for
a view of the city and its arounds. And during the drive,
we saw several cinema studios, such "The
Lions Gate Studios", one of the biggest.
They were filming a movie with Pierce Brosnan,
but unfortunately the studios were closed for the week
And came the last day .... it was way too short! But I'll