WATCH: Lights, camera, action as Hallmark’s Chesapeake Shores begins filming again in Nanaimo, Parksville and Qualicum Beach
The Mid-Island’s getting a big Hollywood audition this summer, as it hosts the filming of eight episodes of a new TV series that everyone involved hopes is the start of a new long-term television deal.
Hallmark’s Chesapeake Shores is currently filming in Qualicum Beach, Parksville and Nanaimo.
The show’s producers say they’re thrilled with the beautiful locations and warm reception they’re receiving.
“Hallmark loved it here so when we were scouting with them it was just this fresh new look for them to get them away from where there has been such a mass of filming going on in Vancouver,” says Joan Miller of the Vancouver Island North Film Commission.
On Tuesday, filming transformed downtown Nanaimo into the fictional Chesapeake Shores,a Maryland town that series is based in.
Hoisting large equipment and hundreds of cast and crew into the area is a huge economic windfall for the Mid-Island — one that businesses hope is just the beginning for the local television and film industry.
The series is being shot over 59 days on Vancouver Island, translating to 7,000 hotel nights for cast and crew and hundreds of thousands of dollars in spending in local communities.
“It’s been really great,” says Chesapeake Shores producer Matt Drake. “It’s been really, really refreshing especially to get out of the city of Vancouver, which is a great city to shoot in but also very busy with a lot of production going on so it’s been nice to come over to the Island and just have a little more freedom to shoot where we want to.”
“We hope to be here for a lot of years,” adds Chesapeake Shores executive producer Dan Paulson. “There’s going to be a big audience out there who are going to want to know where it was shot and there’s a good chance they’ll want to come up and visit.”
The show begins airing on television in August.