My Riverdale

My story starts in a small town, a town where you know most of the people and you pass the same places everyday. A great place, a beautiful place, the place I grew up. The name of my town isn’t Riverdale but watching the opening scene sure reminded me of my small town, and this is My Riverdale.

Sydney shares her riverdale and where the locations are similar to where she grew up

Anyone who knows me knows I am obsessed with Riverdale, so much I wish I was on the show! I got really interested when I realized a lot of the filming locations or inspiration for sets were from places I grew up, a few right in my little town. I drive past some of these places daily and it was pretty cool to see these spots made up into a different town that reminds me of my own.

Sydney shares her riverdale and where the locations are similar to where she grew up

I started planning this post in January 2017, I decided I wanted to go to as many filming locations as I could and put them into a post showing my Riverdale. Now I wasn’t able to get to every location but I got to the really big ones I will share more later. For now enjoy my love of Riverdale.

First we start off in my small town Mission, BC I love this town and I love living there. It has history and beautiful historic places. Along with forests, lakes and trails. It is my perfect paradise to live. But the best part is we have some locations that get used very frequently in films bringing some big stars to out little Mission. See below the Post office this is an amazing building, in Riverdale it is the sheriff’s office. I walked passed the post office everyday for 16 years as my dance studio was across the street. 

Sydney shares her riverdale and where the locations are similar to where she grew up

The Fraser River runs along Mission and is a popular spot with the train bridge that used to be the only bridge for cars, trains and people to cross the river. This Iconic spot in Mission is used as the site of Andrew’s Construction Company. The view behind me is a spot seen in the show. You also see the lighthouse cafe in the show making it a noticeable spot for people to find this location. 

Sydney shares her riverdale and where the locations are similar to where she grew up  Sydney shares her riverdale and where the locations are similar to where she grew up

Now for probably one of the most popular spots on the show, Pop’s Diner. This is really cool because in the show Pop’s is the place everyone goes for milkshakes and the place to go at all hours of the night or day. Well Rockos the diner in real life is exactly the same. It would be rare to meet anyone in Mission who hasn’t gone to Rockos for milkshakes at some crazy hour. 

Sydney shares her riverdale and where the locations are similar to where she grew up Sydney shares her riverdale and where the locations are similar to where she grew up

Now we move out of Mission and into Fort Langley, I spent lots of time here growing up it is such a beautiful place that is used in countless movies, especially hallmark Christmas movies. There is always something being filmed here.

First up the Fort Langley Community Hall or better known as the Mayors office in Riverdale. This building is in many other movies and TV shows, I bet you have seen this place before!

Sydney shares her riverdale and where the locations are similar to where she grew up Sydney shares her riverdale and where the locations are similar to where she grew up

The train station, shown in the first episode this is such a cute spot! I love going here for photos and enjoying the historic culture of Fort Langley. 

Now onto a darker side of the town, the graveyard. This is in the first episode when they show places that make up Riverdale. Of course I went with a Cheryl style for this location wearing white as she did to her Brother’s Funeral.

Sydney shares her riverdale and where the locations are similar to where she grew up Sydney shares her riverdale and where the locations are similar to where she grew up Sydney shares her riverdale and where the locations are similar to where she grew up

Keeping with the theme of the Blossom’s we go to our next location, Alouette Lake. This was where they filmed the sweet water river scenes after the pilot. The pilot was filmed at Alice Lake in Squamish and that was a bit farther than I waned to drive for this! Regardless I go all out when I say I will do something and you’ll see below I keep to my word. Yep I rented a kayak to use, I wore a long while dress and sat down in the freezing water with makeup running down my face. I had my amazing friend bring out her families red mustang to use for photos! Seriously friend of the year goes to her!

Sydney shares her riverdale and where the locations are similar to where she grew up Sydney shares her riverdale and where the locations are similar to where she grew up Sydney shares her riverdale and where the locations are similar to where she grew up Sydney shares her riverdale and where the locations are similar to where she grew up Sydney shares her riverdale and where the locations are similar to where she grew up

Now we head into the Vancouver area, lots of amazing locations here! First lets show off Riverdale Highschool, man this school is so beautiful I can only imagine how stunning it would be to go there! The inside of the high school on the show was inspired and first filmed at a different high school in Vancouver! 

Sydney shares her riverdale and where the locations are similar to where she grew up

Sydney shares her riverdale and where the locations are similar to where she grew up

Sydney shares her riverdale and where the locations are similar to where she grew up

Veronica’s house, I was really excited to see this one because it has been used as a beautiful event hall until recently they are transforming it into a tea hall! Still it is a beautiful location and totally screams Veronica. This is one of my favourite black dress that also has a very Veronica feel. 

Sydney shares her riverdale and where the locations are similar to where she grew up Sydney shares her riverdale and where the locations are similar to where she grew up 

Now onto Archie’s House! This house is on the cutest street that I quickly fell in love with! And don’t worry I stayed on the sidewalk this is a private home and I wanted to respect their property!

Sydney shares her riverdale and where the locations are similar to where she grew up Sydney shares her riverdale and where the locations are similar to where she grew up

Now to the girl next door who is actually like 30 minutes away Betty! This house was beyond words, I was amazed and I seriously want to live in this house. Everything about it was perfection! 

Sydney shares her riverdale and where the locations are similar to where she grew up Sydney shares her riverdale and where the locations are similar to where she grew upSydney shares her riverdale and where the locations are similar to where she grew up

Now thats all the locations I got photographed, there are a few more spots that I go to or pass often but just didn’t get a chance to get that perfect photo. The twilight drive in if you read my post HERE then you saw I love the drive in and go as often as I can. The register newspaper shop is in Fort Langley and I didn’t get a photo because there were lots of people and cars in the area. The Blossom Mansion Thornhill, this is a private home that is well gated I didn’t bother going there because I am sure they get enough people looking through the gates. 

Thank you Brooklyn for these incredible photos and agreeing to take on this massive project with me, Justin thank you for helping me with outfit changes and supporting my ideas. Thanks Mom and Dad for helping to inspire me to create this post! It has been a long time coming. 

With that I end this massive post but I welcome you to My Riverdale. I love this show and thank everyone who works on this show for creating something incredible. I am so proud that this is filmed here in BC it is really cool to feel so connected to a TV show. Even my parents enjoy the show and think it is so cool that we live in parts of Riverdale πŸ˜‰  Season 2 airs October 11 and I know I have a countdown going! Do you? 

 

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53 Comments

  1. September 6, 2017 / 7:31 am

    These photos are so beautiful! I’ve never watched the show but have heard of it and I’ll have to keep an eye out for the new season!

  2. Karen
    September 6, 2017 / 7:54 am

    looks like you had lots of fun capturing these photos. There is something special and charming about small towns.

  3. September 6, 2017 / 7:57 am

    I’m geeking out so hardcore right now I actually have goosebumps!!!! Riverdale quickly became my favorite show when I binge-watched the entire first season in less than a week while I was sick. I’ve been fan-girling over it ever since. I seriously squealed when I started reading this post!! I can’t believe all those places that are either the same or SO similar to Riverdale! And you NAILED Cheryl’s looks especially. The Mustang shots (those killer red heels) and omg the teary in-the-water shots and the canoe. AHHH you’re officially my favorite person right now! LOVE THIS.

    • Sydney
      September 7, 2017 / 10:27 am

      Stephanie this comment made my day!! I am totally obsessed and I seriously appreciate people who share the same excitement as me!! Thank you so much!!!

  4. September 6, 2017 / 9:08 am

    This is amazing!! I just finished the season over the weekend, so it’s great seeing all of these πŸ™‚ Your photos on the water are so cool!

    Xx,
    Lauren | http://www.mylifeaslaurr.com

  5. September 6, 2017 / 10:46 am

    This is such a great idea for a post — so heartfelt and the photos are amazing!

    • Sydney
      September 7, 2017 / 10:24 am

      Thanks Ashley!! It was so fun to create!

  6. September 6, 2017 / 12:55 pm

    You are so glam. Love this and now I want a milkshake lol

    • Sydney
      September 7, 2017 / 10:23 am

      Yes Milkshakes are the best!

  7. Ruthie Ridley
    September 6, 2017 / 1:01 pm

    I have never seen this show but what a GREAT post idea!! I am obsessed with your photos!!! WOW!!

    • Sydney
      September 7, 2017 / 10:23 am

      Thanks Ruthie!! I just love that this show is filmed locally!

    • Sydney
      September 7, 2017 / 10:23 am

      Thanks Dylan! I love my little town

  8. September 6, 2017 / 4:21 pm

    You live in such a beautiful town, and those red shoes, omg gorg!

    • Sydney
      September 7, 2017 / 10:22 am

      Those red heels are always a show stopper! Thanks Mandy

  9. Ashley DTKAustin
    September 6, 2017 / 6:07 pm

    This post is amazing!!! I still haven’t seen this show but all of these photos make me want to watch!!

    • Sydney
      September 7, 2017 / 10:22 am

      I think you would love it Ashley!

    • Sydney
      September 7, 2017 / 10:22 am

      Yay thanks so much Samantha!

  10. September 6, 2017 / 6:53 pm

    I’ve never watched Riverdale, but this post is so much fun!

    • Sydney
      September 7, 2017 / 10:21 am

      I hope you go watch it such a cool show!

  11. Ashley
    September 6, 2017 / 7:09 pm

    Such a cool post!! I love Riverdale and can’t wait for season 2!

    • Sydney
      September 7, 2017 / 10:21 am

      Me too!! October 11 can’t come soon enough!

  12. September 6, 2017 / 7:59 pm

    This is way cool! I don’t watch Riverdale but have heard so many good things. Vampire Diaries was filmed at a school that my county used for football games, so I sort of know the feeling!

    Tori

    • Sydney
      September 7, 2017 / 10:21 am

      That is so cool!! I also watch once upon time and that is all filmed locally too so it is seriously fun!

  13. September 6, 2017 / 11:17 pm

    Girl, you went ALL out for this post and it totally shows! i’ve never seen Riverdale but now I am dying to watch. Those photos of you in the lake are amazing!

    • Sydney
      September 7, 2017 / 10:20 am

      Yes I always go all out!! The lake photos were so fun to do!

  14. September 7, 2017 / 5:53 am

    I need to watch this show because I’m loving all of the pictures!

    • Sydney
      September 7, 2017 / 10:20 am

      Yes it is such an addicting show!

  15. September 7, 2017 / 7:02 am

    What a great post! Love all of these looks and your Cheryl pictures are spot on! I just binged Riverdale a couple months ago – can’t wait for it to come back!

    • Sydney
      September 7, 2017 / 10:20 am

      yay!! I had so much fun creating Cheryl she is so fun to portray

  16. September 7, 2017 / 8:16 am

    I am so excited for season 2, so this is so cool! I can’t believe your town is so similar and it looks like it was so much fun to shoot pics for this post!

    • Sydney
      September 7, 2017 / 10:19 am

      Yeah it is really cool, I remember watching them film not knowing it was riverdale. It is so fun to know my town is riverdale

  17. September 7, 2017 / 8:54 am

    This is so cool!! Your town is soooo similar to the show!

    • Sydney
      September 7, 2017 / 10:19 am

      yeah! they actually filmed the first season at these locations so my town really is riverdale! and nowhere made sets for the second stages as these places are all over the fraser valley!

  18. Nicole Flint
    September 7, 2017 / 8:58 am

    You look FAB!! Loving the outfits

    • Sydney
      September 7, 2017 / 10:18 am

      Thanks so much Nicole!

  19. September 7, 2017 / 9:29 am

    Girl I love your dedication to this post! I’ve never seen Riverdale but I’ve definitely been tempted. I’ll have to take a peek at it now. I love that community hall! These pictures are gorgeous.

    • Sydney
      September 7, 2017 / 10:18 am

      Yes you have to watch it!! SO addicting!

  20. September 7, 2017 / 10:23 am

    There’s just something about small town charm πŸ™‚

  21. September 7, 2017 / 12:41 pm

    WOW, this post was epic. I love how you covered your town, all of your shots were amazing!

  22. September 7, 2017 / 12:42 pm

    I;ve never seen this, but I think you captured it perfectly! So cute!

  23. September 7, 2017 / 1:28 pm

    Such a cool project! There is just something so charming about small towns! I live in Georgia and there are so many movies and shows being filmed in the small towns around me!

  24. September 7, 2017 / 10:34 pm

    I lovelovelove all these photos! It looks like you had so much fun putting them together. I need to check out Riverdale!

  25. September 8, 2017 / 7:03 am

    Beautiful photos! Especially the water shots. Everyone keeps telling me to Watch Riverdale! I need to check it out!

    Trecee

  26. the sophia diaries
    September 8, 2017 / 12:29 pm

    omg, you went beyond to take these photos!! they seriously look amazing, and I love the outfits you put together! I’ve never seen the tv show, but I’ve heard so much good things, so I might have to check it out when I have time xD

  27. September 8, 2017 / 10:26 pm

    I totally geeked out reading this post and seeing your photos- I love the show and think this is SO freaking cool that you went to all these spots. Your photos are amazing!!

  28. September 11, 2017 / 8:27 am

    This is such a fun post – I love that you’ve put so much time and effort and love into this one post! I’ve never watched Riverdale, but it has been on my to-watch list since it premiered and I think you’ve just convinced me that I NEED TO WATCH IT NOW!

  29. September 11, 2017 / 8:31 pm

    this looks like such a pretty place! I’ve never even heard of this show, but now i need to check it out

  30. Sarah K Tripp
    September 12, 2017 / 7:43 am

    I’ve heard the show is amazing! Need to watch!

  31. September 14, 2017 / 9:11 am

    This post is awesome!! Your town looks like an amazing place to grow up. I have never seen Riverdale but may have to start watching it now!

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