Smoke Bluffs overlooking downtown Squamish.
Filming in downtown Squamish.
Filming in Smoke Bluffs Park.
Second Avenue, Downtown Squamish.
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Our unique location offers unparalleled scenery, and our rich history and recent development give us both small town and modern west coast looks. Our abundant parks, forests, mountains, cliffs, and rivers provide endless natural settings. Rural, urban or remote wilderness settings can all be found within minutes of town, and all easily accessible.
We’re also closer than you think, and within the Regional Tax Credit Zone. Squamish is just a short 40 minute drive from West Vancouver. Did you know it’s often faster to drive from West Vancouver to Squamish than to drive across the city?
Whatever your script calls for, you can find it in Squamish. Have filming questions, looking for suggestions, or just want to run an idea by us to see what’s possible? Contact us.
The District of Squamish has long supported filming and ensures fast and straightforward approvals for filming. But being a ‘film-friendly’ town goes far beyond that. Our businesses and neighbourhoods have established a reputation for being welcoming and accommodating to productions of all sizes. Squamish is also home to a large community of talented industry professionals.
The District’s Film & Events Department can help you find the perfect location, contact information for properties, facilities and services, and coordinate with other agencies.
At any given time, there are many capital projects and events in Squamish that may affect dates and locations for filming. Please visit Projects & Initiatives for upcoming projects within the District of Squamish (including major capital upgrades that could impact road access) and our Events Calendar.
The District of Squamish Filming Policy demonstrates our community's commitment to supporting the film industry whilst ensuring all filming activities are respectful of our businesses, residents, and environment.
If you intend to film in the District of Squamish, please contact the Film & Events Department to discuss your intentions including proposed dates, locations, and filming activities.
Once you have confirmed your filming locations with the District of Squamish, please follow these steps:
Step 1 - Filming Application, Business Licence & Insurance
For all filming within the District of Squamish, complete and/or submit the following:
Step 2 - Security Deposit
If you plan to film or stage your production on municipal-owned property (including roads), you must provide minimum $5,000 security deposit (confirm this amount with Film & Events Department prior to payment).
Step 3 - Additional Permits
Step 4 - Review & Pay Applicable Fees
Effective October 21, 2015, all productions filming in the District of Squamish are required to pay filming fees that vary depending on locations, municipal land use, and the number of filming days. Please review the filming fees and contact the Film & Events Department to confirm which fees may be applicable to your production. Filming fees must be paid prior to filming or deducted from the security deposit if applicable.
Step 5 - 7 Things to Remember When Filming in Squamish
|Carefully read 7 Things To Remember When Filming in Squamish and ensure all of your production crew is aware of Squamish's Bylaws especially:|
A local pool of talented film industry workers reside in Squamish. Professionals include costume designers, grips, lighting specialists, actors and actresses, stunt men and women, special effects technicians and photographers plus more. Please consider hiring locally. Contact our film office for a list of contact details and resources. For local residents who work in the film industry, if you would like to be included on this contact and resource list, please forward your contact details and services by email to the Squamish Film Collective.
Contact us at 604.815.5043 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on locations to film in Squamish, including listing your property (if you are a Squamish land/homeowner), please contact Creative BC.
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