Southlands is a unique area of Vancouver; a semi-rural neighbourhood within a large metropolis. Many stables line country-like roads frequently used by horses and riders. While we appreciate the economic importance of the film industry and support the idea of using Southlands for location filming, it’s important that the film industry appreciates the unique nature of our neighbourhood and addresses related concerns.


  • Entrance routes to be observed regarding large trucks driving into the Southlands area.
  • Blenheim Street should be avoided, as it is built on a bog.
  • The transportation route should be south on MacDonald to 53rd, west on 53rd to Carnarvon and south to Celtic.
  • The speed limit in Southlands is 30km/h and must be strictly adhered to as the roads are narrow with unpaved shoulders and are frequently used by pedestrians and horses.
  • Safety precautions are to be especially observed around children and horse shows. There are a number of annual events at Southlands Riding Club that bring many more horses and riders to the area. Check the Southlands Riding Club web-site for details at
  • Although there are several locations in Southlands where all filming and parking can be contained to private property, it is still important to inform the Southlands liaison and the Film Office of your activity to help eliminate conflicts with other productions.

Ready to apply for your filming permit?

If you are ready to apply for your filming permit now, click the link below to go directly to the online application.

Apply to film

 If you are filming in a park, you will also need to fill out the Park Board's filming application.

Apply to film in parks

Contact the Film and Special Events Office

Film and Special Events Office
450 SW Marine Drive
Vancouver BC V5X 0C3

Fax: 604-257-8859

Send an inquiry

Make a complaint about filming

Make a complaint about a special event

Contact the Park Board Special Events Office

Special Events &
Filming Office
2099 Beach Ave
Vancouver, BC V6G 1Z4 (mailing address only)

Phone: 604-257-8516 

Fax: 604-257-8501