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Where is Virgin River filmed? All the locations for Netflix series

Everything you need to know about the filming locations for the hit Netflix romance ahead of season three.

Virgin River
Published: Wednesday, 7th July 2021 at 5:27 pm

The hug in TV form that is Virgin River returns on Friday with its much-anticipated third season, to the relief of fans who've been worrying about the fate of Jack since November last year.


Season two's finale left viewers on a major cliffhanger, with Jack bleeding out on the floor of his bar with a gunshot wound as Mel frantically applied her medical expertise.

We already know that Jack survives (as seen in the trailer for season three) so thankfully we don't need to stress about him anymore and viewers can instead take in the picturesque scenery that acts as a backdrop for all the small-town drama – although we're still desperate to find out who shot Jack on Virgin River.

Virgin River is meant to be located in northern California, but is it a real place? And where was the show filmed?

Here's everything you need to know about the filming locations for Virgin River season three.

Is Virgin River a real place?

In the series, Virgin River is a remote town located in northern California with small, tight-knit population.

Unfortunately for fans hoping to visit the idyllic-looking town, Virgin River is not a real place – so don't book your plane ticket just yet. Filming for the series takes place predominantly in Vancouver, Canada.

Where is Virgin River set?

Virgin River might be so well-realised that it feels like a real place to some fans, but it is actually an entirely fictional town.

Unfortunately, no town called Virgin River actually exists in Northern California, so if you're looking to follow in Mel's footsteps by starting a new life in a remote town, you'll have to look elsewhere.

Robyn Carr, who wrote the popular novels on which the series is based, previously told Entertainment Weekly she is frequently asked where the town is, saying she has "to remind them that it only exists in our hearts and mind".

Where is Virgin River filmed?

Despite the fact the series is set in California, the bulk of filming for the series actually takes place in Vancouver, Canada while other locations used include Burnaby, Port Coquitlam and Breckendale.

According to Conde Nast Traveller, "typical small-town scenes in the region" are used for establishing shots of the town, with the Welcome to Virgin River shot on Pioneer Avenue in Agassiz.

Meanwhile, British Columbia’s Snug Cove is another location used – with Virgin River becoming the latest project to be shot at the site following films including Bird On A Wire, the 2006 remake of The Wickerman and last year's The Uninvited.

Believe it or not, Mel's cabin is actually a real home – and is currently lived in by the caretaker of Murdo Frazer Park in North Vancouver, while Doc's home is a five-bedroom Victorian house in New Westminster.


Virgin River series 1-2 are currently streaming on Netflix. Season 3 arrives on Netflix on Friday 9th July. You can order Robyn Carr's books on Amazon. Looking for something else to watch? Check out our guide to the best TV series on Netflix and best movies on Netflix, or visit our TV Guide


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