Where is Virgin River?  The Lovely Locations & Cozy-Chic Cabin in the Popular Netflix Series

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Based on a popular book  series, Virgin River has all the top binge-worthy components: Strong leading lady, sexy love interest, plenty of drama with equal amounts of feel-good storylines,

not to mention breathtaking outdoor scenes of a remote lush land said to be in northern California.  But where would one find the idyllic Virgin River in real life? 

Spoiler Alert: It’s nowhere near the Golden State, the show was filmed in Hollywood North (a.k.a. Vancouver, British Columbia, in Canada).

First, not to be the bearer of bad news, but there's no actual Virgin River.  Author Robyn Carr made it clear that the dreamy town of Virgin River does not exist.

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It’s idealized, it’s utopian, it’s the perfect small town.  People always write and say, ‘Where is it? I want to go there,’ and I have to remind them that it only exists in our hearts and minds.

— Robyn Carr

Now, while the town itself doesn't exist, many of the most memorable locations you see on the Netflix show are real -- and you'll find them in Vancouver North. 

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Mel's cottage 


You’ll find the cozy cottage in the swanky North Vancouver neighborhood of Edgemont Village.

The cottage is actually the cabin of the caretaker of Murder Frazer Park in Edgemont Village, which is by no means a remote area. 

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The cottage made its TV debut in the late ’80s when it was featured as MacGyver’s cabin. It has also appeared in Stargate SG-1, Once Upon a Time, Supernatural, The Flash, Eureka, and Travelers, to name just a few.

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Jack's bar 


Located just 45 minutes north of Vancouver in Squamish, the TV pub is actually called The Watershed Grill and it’s quite a hot spot for the locals.

Doc's house


Another beautiful home featured in Virgin River is Doc and Hope’s Victorian house.

The stunning estate is located at 122 First Street in the historic Queen’s Park of New Westminster, a suburb just east of Vancouver.

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According to Daily Hive, the 133-year-old Queen Anne-style mansion hit the market in 2021 for $2.1 million.

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Photo credit: Lori Fralic

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