“Chevron 7… LOCKED!”

*All screenshots from episodes and promotional photos in this article were taken from the Stargate franchise.

Stargate just celebrated their 20th anniversary last July 27, 2017, so let’s take a step back through the gate and relive some of the moments our beloved members experienced in their adventures.

British Columbia, Canada. Home to famous sights such as the Canadian Rockies, Victoria Island, and the big bustling city of Vancouver. Some people say that it gets boring once you’ve seen the famous sights, but the same cannot be said for Stargate fans, for British Columbia is where most of the Stargate franchise was shot, including numerous different planets which SG-1 visited. Nothing can be more exciting than visiting the planets and places that your favorite team stepped foot on.

For those of you who are not aware of Stargate, it’s a sci-fi franchise following groups of military experts and scientists who explore different planets to find new technologies in order to defend Earth from dangers such as the parasitic race of the Goa’uld or the evil ascended beings called the Ori. They use the Stargate as a means of transportation- a large circular disk which is capable of creating a wormhole to travel to distant planets and galaxies.

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The team of Stargate SG-1

The most famous of these groups is called SG-1, which is apparent in the name of the main franchise, Stargate SG-1. It is originally comprised of Colonel Jack O’Neill, Samantha Carter, Daniel Jackson, and a Jaffa (a Goa’uld servant) named Teal’c. Even though the original group members have changed throughout the 10 seasons, these 4 people most often come to mind when you mention SG-1. There are also other spinoffs, such as Stargate Atlantis and Stargate Universe, along with a couple of movies to supplement the series.

 

In the past, there used to be a dedicated Stargate filming location tour in Vancouver, but it was infrequent and only happened a few times a year, even less now that the show has aged quite a bit. This list is for those who want to indulge themselves in the Stargate fandom, even though they became fans a bit late. Almost all of the places in this list can be visited for free – the only one with a paid entrance is the Bloedel Conservatory.

Jack’s Cabin

Vancouver is the perfect place to start when you want to start your Stargate tour, as it is home to one of the iconic places in the show: Jack’s Cabin.

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It is located in 2720 Pemberton Avenue, North Vancouver and is actually private property, so you cannot go inside the cabin but you are free to walk around the area. This cabin was also used in a lot of different shows, such as Supernatural, Once Upon a Time, and The Flash, so whoever lives here probably has to handle quite a number of visitors.

This is the back of the cabin, where Jack can usually be seen fishing with his fellow members in the fishless pond. He makes many references to this beloved cabin of his and it appears numerous times in the series (Season 4, Episode 13 “The Curse”).

The cabin is also situated in a park, so you can walk around and enjoy the nature and wildlife.

Bloedel Conservatory / Planet P7J-989

Our next stop is Bloedel Conservatory and Queen Elizabeth Park, located in Cambie Street, Vancouver. It is where the planet P7J-989 was shot in Season 2, Episode 4, “The Gamekeeper”.

Even if you’re not a fan, the Conservatory and the park are worth visiting as it houses a number of rare birds and beautiful foliage. They even have a miniature Japanese garden here!

In The Gamekeeper, SG-1 was trapped in a simulated virtual world because the keeper of the gardens did not want people ruining his plants. Which was funny because after SG-1 exited the simulation along with the other inhabitants, the inhabitants immediately proceeded to pick flowers, which cues the Gamekeeper to exclaim “You are ruining the garden!”

Horizons Restaurant / O’Malley’s Bar and Grill

Before visiting another planet, a great pit stop for Stargate fans is Horizons Restaurant located at 100 Centennial Way, Burnaby.

This is the same restaurant SG-1 ate at in Season 4, Episode 3, “Upgrades”, although it was renamed to O’Malley’s Bar and Grill in the show. The restaurant has undergone many renovations since filming, but the unmistakable exterior still remains. They do serve wonderful steak in this restaurant for CAD25 and other fine meals as well.

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Simon Fraser University / Tollana

Not far from Horizons is perhaps one of the best known planets in Stargate SG-1: Tollana. It’s located at Simon Fraser University, 8888 University Drive, Burnaby, and much of the well-known shots from the show were shot from the academic quadrangle.

A lot of other sci-fi shows were shot from this place such as Battlestar Galactica and Andromeda, so it’s a must-visit for sci-fi fans. In Stargate SG-1, this was the planet where the advanced race of the Tollan resided in but was aptly destroyed in a fight against the Goa’uld. It seems that no survivors were left as I was unable to find any sign of the Tollan and the Stargate is gone.

Stanley Park / Planet PXY-887

If you still have time, not far from Vancouver is Stanley Park, where the iconic totems from the episode “Spirits” are a notable tourist attraction for fans and not fans alike.

In “Spirits”, SG-1 was faced with a seemingly tribal race from the planet of PXY-887 whose land was rich with Trinium, a super strong element the team highly used in their defensive operations. It was seen later on that the race was in fact protected by spirits to prevent outsiders from taking their resources.

Steveston

By now, the sun would be setting and it’s time for dinner in another location the team visited: Steveston from the episode “Nightwalkers”.

It’s perfect to visit this location in the evening as the night plays a big role in the episode. In the show, the town was riddled with Goa’uld who only awake in the night and take control of their hosts.

One of the restaurants they visited was Dave’s Fish and Chips, which is still open 20 years after they filmed here, and they still serve good fish and chips. A lot of the scenery has changed, but you can still clearly see Dave’s fish and chips in the background.

Visiting 3 different planets and a number of iconic locations from the show was truly an unforgettable experience. There’s still a lot more places to visit, but this guide would help if you only had a limited time in Vancouver and would like to pay a visit to your favorite locations in a day. Some of the locations have been torn down over the course of the years, so it is quite unfortunate. Look out for more future Stargate locations in my next visit to this wonderful galaxy. Tal’ma’te!

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15 thoughts on ““Chevron 7… LOCKED!”

  1. You can never get enough of Stargate. I have been watching it since it first launched and just a few months ago started watching it all over again. It really brought back some nice memories from my childhood. I am glad to know where some of the scenes were shot. Do I have to say that I would never guess it on my own? 😀 Thank you for a wonderful article and I know all true fans of the Stargate will enjoy it.

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  2. Wow, visiting 3 different planets and a number of iconic locations from the show would probably the best experienced you’ve ever had. I also love visiting places that have been famous for a movie shooting, i find it very fulfilling and something I can be proud of. The location at the back of the cabin, where Jack can usually be seen fishing with his fellow members in the fishless pond is I guessed an interesting one to really experienced. I loved how you narrate your experience from the well known shows. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

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  3. Though I’m not aware of this franchise or any of the characters, it’s always lovely to be able to visit places where your favorites once hung out for a shoot. I’m sure fans of Stargate will appreciate this post A LOT, especially if they live nearby. What better way to celebrate 20 years of something you love than by visiting places related to it? How did it feel for you?

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    1. It felt like reliving all the memories I had of this show 🙂 Would have been nice to have the actors themselves present in the scene though!

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  4. These locations fascinate me a lot. I always enjoy seeing movie settings in real. I would like to visit Dave’s Fish and Chips some day. Another place I am keen to visit is the Conservatory and the park.

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  5. Wow! This looks like fun. I would love to visit these locations someday too. It would be amazing to see these movie locations personally. Bloedel Conservatory would be my first pick.

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  6. Oh wow I had no idea Stargate was filmed in Canada. My husband and my brother were both massive fans of this show. I’ll definitely send this post to them, they’ll love it! I normally don’t like reboots but I’m actually quite excited to see what they do with the new version of the show that’s in the pipeline!

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  7. I think I watched an episode at least of Stargate before. Among these places that you mentioned and visited, I think I liked the conservatory and the park the most. Next would be the restaurant. The food photo looks very inviting! Hahaha I have watched shootings before of shows in our country. But these shoots were not done in lovely places like these.

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  8. Isn’t it weird that most series that air currently shoot in Vancouver or in Canada generally? Well, to be honest, I haven’t watched Stargate though I have watched Star Trek movies with William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy as the leads. What I love with sci-fi series is that it challenges the audience to think and imagine things that’s beyond the reality that we are in. Maybe, sometime in the future, I might watch this series too!

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  9. Wow. This is so cool. I have always wanted to visit shoot locations of the series I am following. Unfortunately, Stargate is not on my list but probably my husband’s! One on my list is NZ where the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings were shot. Oh and of course GoT locations!

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    1. It is also my goal to visit hobbiton one day 🙂 And the GoT locations are just stunning! Looking forward to see your shots once you visit these places 🙂

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  10. Yay! I honestly cannot relate to the episode and even Stargate itself! But this looks cool and refreshing having to visit shooting places. I love looking and wamdering at different places too and if il be given a chance to visit a place from one of my fav shows, it would be game of thrones! I’l save up for it!

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  11. Stargate reminds me of Star Trek, the supremely successful series of the late 80s on Indian TV. In that series also we had a team which was headed by an Army Major ( I think) whose main motto was to protect the Earth from the extraterrestrial enemies.
    I thought I will bring those memories to enrich your content here.

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