Who remembers the Beachcombers?
The Beachcombers followed the life of Nick Adonidas, played by Bruno Gerussi, a Greek Canadian log salvager in British Columbia, who earned a living traveling the coastline northwest of Vancouver with his partner Jesse Jim played by Pat John aboard their logging tug Persephone tracking down logs that had broken away from barges and logging booms. It was filmed in the coastal town of Gibsons located in southwestern British Columbia on the Strait of Georgia. Gibsons is the main marine gateway to the Sunshine Coast. It is on the mainland but is not accessible by road. Vehicle access is by British Columbia Ferry.
The series also focused on a supporting cast of characters in Nick’s hometown of Gibsons, often centering around a café, Molly’s Reach, run by Molly (Rae Brown), another figure to virtually all the characters in the series. Including Relic who was Nick’s main business opposition played by a somewhat unsavory person who would occasionally go to great lengths to steal business (and logs) away from Nick.
The town is also accessible by water, by float plane to the harbor or by small aircraft to Sechelt Airport, approximately 20 km. northwest of Gibsons. The Storefront Molly’s Reach, now a café, the restored tug Persephone and a display about the series at the Sunshine Coast Museum and Archives are a popular Gibsons attractions. Other movies that have used Gibsons as a filming location include Charlie St. Cloud (2010), Starring Kim Basinger and Zac Efron(as a stand-in for Marblehead, Massachusetts) and Needful Things (1993) starring Max von Sydow and Ed Harris.
Gibsons is definitely a great vacation destination and place of interest in this great province of British Columbia.
Inlet of city of Akureyri
Akureyri is home to only 18,000 residents but still remains the second-largest city in Iceland due to the country’s small size. It’s easy-going feel and rich culture makes it an especially unique destination for travelers. Recently, Lonely Planet named Akureyri #1 on its list of the best places to visit in Europe, highlighting the northern city’s various natural attractions, quality restaurants, and lively events.
In Akureyri, you can visit Lake Mývatn, where Game of Thrones’ ‘beyond the Wall’ is filmed, or stop by fishing village of Siglufjörður, home to many lava fields, volcanoes, and glaciers. You can also learn about the city’s rich culture at its various museums and small shops that are owned by local artisans. If you’re looking for a more lively experience in Akureyri, be sure to check out its many festivals, including the The Great Fish Day of Dalvíkcoming up in August or the Akureyri Summer Arts Festival going on now!
9 fun facts about Akureyri and other parts of Northern Iceland:
Akureyri has the northernmost botanical gardens in the world
Grimsey Island is Iceland’s only point touching the Arctic Circle
Akureyri has the world’s northernmost 18-hole golf course
Temperatures in North Iceland are higher than in Reykjavik
Lake Myvatn is a film locale in cult TV series Game of Thrones
Dettifoss in North Iceland is Europe’s most powerful waterfall
Akureyri has the most ski slopes in Iceland – which is why it hosts Iceland’s Winter Games
Siglufjordur hosts the award-winning Herring Era Museum
Lake Myvatn is the purported home of Iceland’s Yuletide lads
This information from taken from the Lonely Planet book and just thought to share it with all the reading going to Iceland and those who are not too.