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5 Movies You Didn’t Know Were Filmed in Squamish

Whether you’re just passing through Squamish or spending the day, there’s a lot of small town-feel and nature to take advantage of. Hollywood knows this very well and is no stranger


Free Willy 3: The Rescue reunited Jesse and Willy for another adventure. This time a deadly oil spill. The movie was filmed at Britannia Beach, in the Howe Sound, around Vancouver and around Squamish.

Horns starring Daniel Radcliffe of Harry Potter fame, Juno Temple, Max Minghella and Joe Anderson is a ‘dark fantasy horror’ film loosely based on a novel. It was directed by Alexandre Aja who is known for The Hills Have Eyes (2006) and Piranha 3D (2010). It filmed around Vancouver, Mission, Surrey and Squamish during late 2012 and then premiered at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.

Star Trek Beyond is the third installment of the reboot series or lucky number 13 overall in the film franchise. Justin Lin took over as director after J.J. Abrams, who headed up the first two, space traveled to direct Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) – the first in the new sequel trilogy. Actor Anton Yelchin who played Pavel Chekov in the trilogy died in a freak accident a month before the release of Star Trek Beyond. Filming for principal photography took place from June to October, 2015 in Vancouver, Squamish, Seoul and Dubai.

The Twilight Saga has five films in the series and much of the principal photography was filmed in Vancouver, Pemberton and Squamish. The 2009 sequel New Moon was shot in Vancouver where as the final two-part installments for Breaking Dawn (2011 & 2012) utilized Squamish a lot.

Walking Tall was one of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s first major leading movies early into his acting career. It’s also the the very first one he filmed in British Columbia as he has returned for Tooth Fairy (2010) and Skyscraper (2018). Squamish doubled as the small semi-rural town of Kitsap County, Washington.