Where is Nanaimo?
Nanaimo is located along the eastern shore of Vancouver Island in the province of British Columbia. It is 113km north of Victoria and 37km southeast of Parksville.
Where to begin?
Start navigating Nanaimo with a walk along the Waterfront. Watch the seaplanes land while enjoying a delicious Nanaimo bar, a locally made dessert available at many stores throughout the city. Make your way to Commercial Street to discover the many filming locations with your favourite characters, including the Trace Riley Band and the O’Briens.
Commercial Street Sites to See
Located at 39a Commercial Street, Gabriel’s Cafe is an easy-to-spot exterior filming location. Known among locals for its delicious menu, it is a great place to stop for a bite while in the area. Trace and Leigh walked directly in front of Gabriel’s Cafe. The Cafe was seen in the background when Trace shook Donovan’s hand.
The Palace Hotel
Walk along Commercial Street to catch a glimpse of “The Palace Hotel”. The exterior of this historic building, a former hotel turned entertainment venue, may be recognized from scenes involving Nashville, featuring Trace and Leigh.
Although this bookstore was not directly related to the filming of the series, they did have a variety of Chesapeake Shores books by Sherryl Woods in stock. The employees were friendly and shared a few stories about meeting some members of the cast and crew over the years. Bestsellers Bookstore can be found at 29 Commercial Street.
Located at 221 Commercial Street, the Modern Cafe, is easy to spot with its bold lettering. It can be seen in the background of this scene with Connor and Danielle in Baltimore.
The Vault Cafe
Located at the end of Commercial Street at 499 Wallace Street, you will find The Vault Cafe. Its distinctive pink colour makes it easy to identify in Nanaimo, although you may not immediately recognize it in this scene with Trace and Leigh, due to its more subdued yellow hue.
Located close to The Vault Café is the Queen’s Hotel, at 34 Victoria Crescent. Known as “The Palace Bar” in Nashville, the Queen’s Hotel is home to several scenes from Chesapeake Shores. If you love music from the Trace Riley Band, then the Queen’s Hotel is a must-stop on the way.
The virtual tour of Chesapeake Shores filming locations on Vancouver Island will continue. Here’s a hint where the next blog will take you…