Started the day off scouting in Chilliwack with Abraham, the super sleuth location scout. Chilliwack, pronounced Chillouwack, is 50 miles out of Vancouver on the road East so you might all ask, as did my producer, why Chilliwack? Well, a) Chilliwack has the look I’ve beeen searching for and b) you just have to shoot in a place with a name like Chilliwack don’t you? Chilliwack’s own guide book (“Chilliwack – Discover Our Heart”) claims it has “everything you need for a terrific holiday vacation – from heart stopping excitement to peace and quiet.” No mention of a good cardio unit in town though – much needed after that “heart stopping excitement”! The famous people in town include a glass fusionist and a paper sculpturist. And be aware that “beneath this mild mannered community beats the heart of super, National British Columbia”! Oh yeah, the booklet also encourages you to experience the “Cycle our Dykes tour!” More info at www.tourismchilliwack.com
More importantly for us Chilliwack is the home of Joe, owner of a dog called Kaiser and proprietor of the Traders Inn a fine piece of roadside real estate that has just what I’ve been looking for – the cheesiest motel room in B.C. Perfect!
Outside the motel in Chiliwack
Chilliwack has welcomed us with open arms and it seems to love strangers from lands afar: Joe is from Poland, Norma (proprietor of the Golden West Motel) is from County Durham and the folks who cooked our excellent lunch at Burger-land (one of the many stops 2gether will make on their way to Florida) come from Seoul. Chilliwack, I’m thinking, will be a blast!