Plus, find out where Netflix's Virgin River was filmed.

By Perri Ormont Blumberg
September 10, 2020

Like Sweet Magnolias, we can't get enough of the Netflix original series Virgin River. The romantic drama first hit the streaming platform in December 2019, and we recently stopped holding our breaths when we learned that season 2 of the hit show will arrive this fall. But before we return—hallelujah!—to the picturesque northern California town of Virgin River, we decided to do some more digging on the show.

As the months of coronavirus quarantine drag on, we found ourselves daydreaming about the show and future vacations. We wondered: Is Virgin River a real town? When the time is right, can we plan a trip there and visit for ourselves? Or is it simply a figment of the imagination of author Robyn Carr, who penned the book series upon which the TV show is based?

Unfortunately, fellow Virgin River wanderlusters, the town is fictional, and the series actually wasn't even filmed in the majestic redwood forests of northern California. As Country Living unearthed, the filming for the show took place in Vancouver, Canada, and other areas close to the port city in British Columbia. The article also notes that the Snug Cove in Bowen Island, Burnaby and communities in Port Coquitlam, where the show also filmed, may provide visitors with more of that small town experience so enchantingly captured on screen.

Indeed, we aren't the only ones who have been curious about visiting this special small town, Carr has been fielding such queries even before the Netflix show aired. "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. But to further that thought, we can have that sense of community in our own neighborhood or school or church group or community center or library association," Carr told Southern Living sister publication Entertainment Weekly back in 2018. "All we have to do is try to create it. We create it by being helpful neighbors and good friends and positive people." Even though we're a bit downcast to learn that Virgin River isn't an actual town—we think that message is a pretty darn inspiring answer.