Vancouver Island is getting a big time 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 longterm TV deal.
Hallmark’s Chesapeake Shores is currently filming in Qualicum Beach, Parksville and Nanaimo, and the show’s producers say they’re bowled over by the beautiful locations and warm reception they’re receiving.
“It’s been really great. It’s actually been really, really refreshing especially to get out of the city of Vancouver. Which is a great city to shoot in also but is very, very busy,” says Producer of Chesapeake Shores, Matt Drake. “So it’s been nice to come over to the Island and just have a little more freedom to shoot where we want to.”
Filming transformed downtown Nanaimo into the fictional Chesapeake Shores Tuesday, the Maryland town that the 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. The series is being shot over 59 days here, translating to 7000 hotel nights for cast and crew and hundreds of thousands of dollars in spending in Mid-Island communities.
“There’s gonna be a big audience out there who are going to want to know where it was shot and there’s a good shot they’ll come up and visit,” says Chesapeake Shores Executive Producer, Dan Paulson.
The series stars actors that include the legendary Dianne Ladd and heartthrob Jesse Metcalfe of Desperate Housewives. Chesapeake Shores begins airing on television in August.