12. Milner Gardens, Qualicum Beach
On set: Treehouse
One of the pivotal moments involving O’Brien brothers Kevin and Connor takes place in an old tree house set amongst woodland and wild meadows. While the actual tree house was built for the show and removed after filming, fans can still take in the ambience of the scene with a visit to Milner Gardens and Woodland. Here you’ll find 70 acres of flowers and trees perched on an oceanside bluff overlooking the Strait of Georgia.
11. Rathtrevor Beach, Parksville
On set: O’Brien Family Trust
The O’Brien Family Trust—100 acres of pristine and undeveloped land—is the source of tension between developer Mick, the family’s patriarch, and his conservationist brother Thomas. But in real life, fans don’t need to worry over the fate of this lovely area. The popular Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park, in Parksville, features old-growth trees that back onto two kilometres of wide, sandy shoreline. At low tide, the ocean recedes almost a kilometre revealing tidal pools, sand dollars, seaweed and more.
10. Smithford’s Gifts, Qualicum Beach
On set: Chesapeake Shores Flower Shop
Chesapeake Shores’ resident flower shop can be found at Smithford’s Gifts in Qualicum Beach. You won’t be able to take home fresh flowers in real life, but wander under the ivy-covered trellises and admire the blooms in season and you might just feel like you could bump into a member of the O’Brien family. What else can you expect here? Works by local artisans including whimsical folk pieces and hand-blown glass, plus decor to furnish your home or garden.
9. Bailey’s In the Village Cafe, Qualicum Beach
On set: Chesapeake Shores Town Square Cafe
Bailey’s In the Village—the location for Chesapeake Shores’ Town Square Cafe—with its stone columns and twinkling lights, is a wonderful place to grab a bite to eat during your location tour. This lively spot is known for their fresh baked muffins and delicious carrot cake, and as a town gathering spot in real life, you may just get to hear a local Chesapeake Shores story or two.