If it wasn’t for the show, Once Upon a Time, I would never have known of Storybrooke. So I most likely would never have known about Steveston, let alone visited. I was pleasantly surprised by the magic that the town itself had to offer. And not the fantasy type magic. Steveston is an engaging place to visit, featuring a busy downtown and a nice view of the harbor from Fisherman’s Wharf. I wish I could have spent a whole weekend here instead of just a day trip.
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My first stop was at the Cannery Cafe (also know as Granny’s Diner in the show) for a bite to eat. It was such a treat to reminisce about everything that has transpired at this cafe, even though it was all fiction.
The inside it’s the same as the show though. They use a set for those scenes. But, over all, the Cafe was a fairly nice place to eat. The food wasn’t the greatest, but I only order a grilled cheese sandwich. You can’t get too thrilled over that.
Did you know that the clock tower is actually CGI? Oh well… At least the building is real. 🙂
Isn’t that dandy looking car out in front?
The place I was really looking forward to visit was the location of Mr. Gold’s Pawnshop. Out of all the places in Storybrooke, the Pawnshop is my favorite. In real life though, it’s a fun store called It’s Posh! This specialty boutique features an unique variety of artisan treasures, as well as a selection of Once Upon a Time souvenirs.
Be sure to ask about how they transform their little shop into the fictional store of antiquities and magic. It’s pretty neat, actually.
And now, I’m excited to tell you about my most favorite discovery in Steveston: Lenny’s Vintage Vault. It’s tucked away in a back room of It’s Posh. Dresses, hats, and purses galore! I could’ve spent hours in this tiny shop, drinking in the near perfect fashion from the 20s to the 60s. Sadly, I didn’t have a bit of room in my carry-on-only-luggage for the flight home.
With a frozen scoop of coffee flavored happiness in one hand and my camera in the other, I took one last stroll through downtown. Although, I wouldn’t really say it was my last stroll. I think I’ll visit this little town again someday. Maybe when they are filming next…
And now, I hope you’ll consider a visit of your own to Steveston, BC. 🙂
Is there a quaint fishing village that you loved visiting? Do you watch the show Once Upon a Time? Let me know in the comments below.