The Beachcombers - Filming Locations

Filming Locations

The series was filmed on location at Gibsons, British Columbia and surrounding area. The café featured in the show was built as a hardware store in 1934 and served various retail functions until rented as a film set for the series, used mainly for exterior shots and storage. The building only became a café after the series ended. After "The Beachcombers" was cancelled in 1991, the building sat vacant for a time with an uncertain future. Eventually private investors converted it into a functioning restaurant under the television-inspired name "Molly's Reach".

Persephone, the boat used by Nick Adonidas during filming was a tug and work boat named John Henry built in 1965. The tug was chartered during series production from Harry Smith, who donated it to the town of Gibsons in 1991. The vessel sat outside at a town works department gravel pit where it had deteriorated quite badly until it was restored by the Sunshine Coast Museum and Archives. Persephone was installed in a small park near Molly's Reach in 2007.

There were two jet boats used by the character Relic. The one most fans remember was called Hi Baller II and was used from the second season until the end. The first craft, Hi Baller I was used for just the first season. She was slightly smaller than her successor and had more square windows. She did reappear for a episode called "Jet Boat Gemini" in 1974. Both boats were seen together as the man in the second craft was impersonating Relic. He was stealing logs and hassling local residents until Relic saved the day at the end in a duel of jet boats. This episode was considered a fan favourite. It is hoped that someday the craft will be found and restored to sit by the Persephone.

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