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Squamish, British Columbia and the Sea-to-Sky Highway...Home to ABC Television's Men in Trees!

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For those who followed the short-lived ABC Television series Men in Trees with Anne Heche, the following is a bittersweet tribute to the town and surrounding area that was the backdrop for her fictional town of Elmo, Alaska. Seeing the scenery firsthand made us understand why the production company chose this area.  The production company -  North Shore Pictures (using Lions Gate Studios in North Vancouver) - shot the series in British Columbia, filming much of the exteriors in and around Squamish...We also were lucky enough to visit Anne Heche's home in West Vancouver (see photos below). We'll never comprehend the foolish decision ABC made, never giving Men in Trees a chance to prove itself ! Best of luck to Anne and James... and to their expectant child! Congratulations...We'll miss you - and Elmo...Sincerely!

- Donna and Dennis Hubbs

Photos c.2008 Dennis A. Hubbs, D&D Travel

From Horseshoe Bay, just below the BC Ferry terminal, Highway 99 - the Sea-to-Sky Highway - begins it's journey northward toward Squamish and Whistler. Above is a view of the water from Porteau Cove Provencial Park just north of Horseshoe Bay. What spectacular mountains! This is just the beginning of some incredibly fantastic British Columbia "Super Natural" scenery...

About 2 miles south of Squamish, Shannon Falls roars down cliffs on the east side of Highway 99. The drop is 335 meters (about 1000 feet), making the falls the 3rd highest in the province. The source of the water is Mount Habrich and Mount Sky Pilot. The park is of significant importance to the first people to populate the area - the Squamish Indians. An easy trail allows access to the falls, with spectacular views! We found the next cataract to be even more incredible...

The Chieftain Hotel and Pub - this shot was included, usually several times in each episode of Men in Trees, establishing the quaint Elmo pub of the same name. This is very unusual in any television series... The hotel is located on Cleveland Avenue in downtown Squamish and is just a few blocks from the Yacht Club docks on Loggers Lane.

The dock along Loggers Lane in Squamish, where Marin and Jack (Anne Heche and James Tupper) often met up and where Buzz operated his floatplane. The location is actually the Squamish Yacht Club, along the Mamquam Blind Channel and was used often in the series.

This home, on Judd Road in Brackendale - just north of Squamish - was used for the exterior shots of the Elmo Inn on Men in Trees. Most often, it was shot from the front, which is not publicly accessible. It resides at the foot of Brackendale Eagles Provencial Park and the Squamish River. What a lovely setting for any Inn, real or fictional!

Wildflowers are literally everywhere! This sea of color is near the edge of a fast flowing stream crossing under the Sea-to-Sky Highway, between Squamish and Whistler, BC

Brandywine Falls, 7 miles south Whistler. This phenomenal cataract tumbles into a sculpted aqua pool far below, in Brandywine Provencial Park. The 230 foot falls is reached by a level trail - about a 15 minute walk and views of Daisy Lake and Black Tusk are nearby as well. This is one of the most beautiful waterfalls we have ever encountered and worth lingering at for a time!

This was Anne Heche's place in West Vancouver - sold some time ago... Since she and James are no longer in residence - the house is at east the end of Inglewood Avenue...

Another shot, with the lovely pond in front...Both Anne and James hosted a farewell party for the cast and crew here, when the series ended prematurely.

The interior is as beautiful as the exterior...A real shame Men in Trees was cut short. One ray of light - Both "seasons" (if you can call them seasons!) of MIT may someday come out on DVD!

On a BC Ferry from Horseshoe Bay, West Vancouver, heading back to Departure Bay and Victoria, on Vancouver Island. Here, the ferry crosses the Strait of Georgia on its daily runs between ports. If you are driving, the ferry is the only way to cross over to Vancouver - a ride of about one-and-a-half hours on a very modern, stable and well-equipped vessel.

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