I love having guests come visit me from my homeland of North Carolina. We band together drinking sweet tea and speaking in exaggerated drawls and spreading “ya’lls” like there’s no tomorrow. I make them eat a Tim Hortons donut. I beg them to try poutine. I show off my mountains. I take them to the Pacific Ocean. But nothing beats hosting a couple Psych fans from home and taking them on the Official Psych Tour of Vancouver. (When I say “official”, I mean “as authorized by Jenni Marie” and when I say “of Vancouver”, I mean “of Vancouver and the surrounding areas where Psych was filmed: mostly White Rock.”)
Yes, that’s right: the California-based comedic detectives actually filmed their show in my city. The Santa Barbara Pier? Actually in White Rock, BC. Mr. Spencer’s house? Surrey, BC. The Psych office? White Rock, BC. Plus, the dynamic duo actually came to Vancouver as a plotline in the show during Extradition Part 1 & 2 from Seasons 4 & 5, respectively.
While Noah and Darbey visited Canadaland, our special project was to visit as many Psych filming locations as we could. We found woods that looked just like ones that Gus goes screaming through in a panic. We spotted the Dolce Gelato sign that is prominently placed during the opening dance sequence of Psych: the Musical. We stood where Shawn and Juliet shared their first kiss. We toured the Suspension Bridge just like Shawn and Juliet did. We sat on the yellow park bench over looking the pier, just like Shawn and Juliet did when covertly meeting to discuss a case. We stood on the “Santa Barbara Pier”. Marveled at the Psych office. And found houses and restaurants featured in the show.
I found some of the more obtuse locations via this website (coffee shops, restaurants, private residences) but deduced the main locations on my own:
- White Rock Museum and Archives as the Psych office.
- Stanley Park Lookout Point where Juliet and Shawn share their first kiss.
- Capilano Suspension Bridge (or the free version: Lynn Valley Suspension Bridge) where Juliet and Shawn take a pseudo-date
- White Rock Pier doubles as the Santa Barbara Pier
- Note: Basically everything in White Rock has been used in the show.
Of course, no trip to Vancouver is complete without a cultural overview: hockey night, Tim Hortons, Poutine, Granville Island, Pacific Ocean, and kilometers-to-miles conversion, and Canadian money. 😛