*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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!