Patience, Colorado, & ALL the Resident Alien Locations: Where is Resident Alien filmed?

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What happens when the iconic The X-Files meets Northern Exposure? The new Syfy channel dramedy series is an interesting twist on the "aliens among us" premise.

Resident Alien was filmed in and around Vancouver in British Columbia (Canada). The streets of Ladysmith on the east coast of Vancouver Island doubled as the quirky tiny town of Patience, Colorado.

Created by Chris Sheridan, one of the main scriptwriters of Family Guy, the source material is a long-run comic series that none other than Alan Moore once called 'a pitch-perfect narrative'.

Alan Tudyk as Doctor Harry

Science-fiction veteran Alan Tudyk fits the lead role of Captain Hah Re / Dr. Harry Vanderspeigle very well. He's an outlander in a town of outsiders, with a secret mission on Earth. That's why the doctor is based in a place where "nobody in their right mind would live unless they have something to hide".

Sara Tomko is the doctor's best ally, Asta Twelvetrees. The show lined-up an all-star lineup of guest stars including Linda Hamilton and Terry O'Quinn.

We are spoiler-free and as usual, we will be updating this report with new details about the filming locations of Resident Alien:


Resident Alien house
Don't expect to find Dr. Harry's cabin anywhere near a lake. Syfywire reported that the house was just a facade built by the Howe Sound at Britannia Beach.

All the interiors (counting for around 90% of the footage) were filmed in sound stages in a studio in Vancouver.
(You can open all the locations on Google Maps by clicking on the links below in the captions ↴)
Image courtesy of Syfy - Map


The snowed mountain location
The scenes atop the snowy mountain ranges were filmed at the Sea-to-Sky Corridor region, aligned with the famous Sea-to-Sky Highway. Cast and crew traveled to the Rainbow Mountain near Whistler and the Pemberton Icefield, situated at 6220 feet (1896 meters).

These areas are only accessible via helicopters that transported all the equipment and gear necessary for filming.
Image courtesy of Syfy - Maps: Rainbow / Pemberton


Patience Colorado
To film the exterior scenes in Patience, Colorado, the production moved to Ladysmith, a town of 8,537 souls located on Vancouver Island. To be a village in the middle of nowhere, "three hours from the nearest city on roads that are impassable half the year", the real Patience is actually fairly well connected to the mainland via the Nanaimo airport and ferry terminals.

The Vancouver Sun newspaper reported that the series was filming here in January and October 2020. Location manager Ken Brooker said that they were very lucky to find the health clinic, the town hall, and the bar called ‘The 59’ within sight of each other.

The series was filmed primarily along 1st Avenue with High and Roberts Street. Fun fact: Pamela Anderson is since 2019 a resident of Ladysmith.
Image courtesy of Syfy - Map


Resident Alien Ladysmith
However, the establishing shot of the main street of Patience definitely does not look like Ladysmith. Do you recognize this place?

It looks a lot like the picturesque small town of Telluride in Colorado (especially because of the mountain in the background). Consider that this footage may have several layers of digital effects over it.
Image courtesy of Syfy - Map


Patience Health Clinic
It is not clear where the blue building of the Patience Health Clinic from the pilot episode is located (upper picture).

From the second episode, the exterior appearance of the clinic has changed completely (lower image). The new local health center was filmed at the Ladysmith and District Credit Union office at 330 1st Ave in Ladysmith.
Image courtesy of Syfy - Map


59 bar
The new 59 bar is located just across the street from the clinic. The city hall facade is the historical Travelers Hotel at 422 1st Ave.
Image courtesy of Syfy - Map


Squamish Valley Gas Bar
In the fourth episode, "Birds of a Feather", Asta and her dad go to the Southern Ute Indian Reservation (a real Native American reservation in Colorado).

The Peak Fuel gas station where they stop was filmed at the Squamish Valley Gas Bar in the Garibaldi Highlands neighborhood of Squamish.

Located under the cliffs of the spectacular Apron mountain (Stawamus Chief Provincial Park), the Chances Casino across the street was recently featured in the second season of the Virgin River series.
Image courtesy of Syfy - Map


Isabelle art gallery
An unexpected visitor introduces Harry to the marriage institution. The art gallery in New York City where the doctor met his wife Isabelle (played by Elvy Yost) five years ago is The Polygon Gallery in North Vancouver.
Image courtesy of Syfy - Map


The bowling alley
The bowling alley featured in the 6th (Sexy Beast) and 7th (The Green Glow) episodes is the Sandcastle Bowl Bar and Grill in South Surrey.
Image courtesy of Syfy - Map


The belfry
The exterior of the bell tower where Max helps Harry to locate his lost device is just a CGI image built over the 1913 St. John’s Masonic Temple at 26 Gatacre Street in Ladysmith.
Image courtesy of Syfy and Google Maps


The restaurant set in the studio
According to IMDb, the series was filmed at Derwent Studio in Delta. By the way that this restaurant pictured has the same red and silver bar chairs that the ones used in the iconic Pop's Diner in Riverdale, filmed in a studio in Langley.


Resident Alien drehort Resident Alien is based on the graphic novel of the same name by Peter Hogan and Steve Parkhouse, published by Dark Horse Comics since 2012. The fictional town of Patience was relocated from Washington to Colorado.

Clung clung! Alan Tudyk also played Hoban “Wash” Washburne in Firefly (2002) and Serenity (2005). Most recently, Tudyk embodied the evil villain Mr. Nobody in HBO Max’s acclaimed series Doom Patrol.

The supporting cast is completed by Corey Reynolds as Mike Thompson aka "Big Black", the town's local sheriff, Alice Wetterlund as D'arcy Morin, Levi Fiehler as Ben Hawthorne, the town's political-correct mayor, Linda Hamilton as General McCallister, Elizabeth Bowen as the lovely Deputy Sheriff Liv Baker, Mandell Maughan as Lisa Casper, Alex Barima as David Logan, and Jenna Lamia as Judy Cooper.

The new episodes will premiere on SYFY every Wednesday, but if you have a cable subscription, you can watch the series via On Demand, OneApp, Apple TV, and Roku.


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6 comments:

1- Sander - February 4, 2021 at 12:23 PM
This series is actually a locations nightmare, probably due to the reshoots or additional filming that they had to be done later due to COVID-19.

In just the first two episodes I clearly could notice two different buildings for no less than 3 different locations!

The mayor's house: 1x01 had it as a big corner house, 1x02 it was smaller and with 2 neighbor houses.

The 59 bar: 1x01 showed a double red door with window bars and the bar itself directly across from it. 1x02 had a single green door with a bar logo on the window and the bar to the left when entering.

And the Health Clinic: 1x01 did not show the exterior, but pics on the Syfy site about its filming location show a blue building matching the interior long window. In 1x02 it is no longer blue, no longer one box-shape with now many protruding windows.

2- Unknown - February 4, 2021 at 4:51 PM
Looks a lot like Squamish main.

3- B-E - February 20, 2021 at 11:28 AM
The establishing shot of Main St. (Resident Alien TV SyFy series) looks eerily similar to approaching downtown Telluride, Colorado.

4- DGM steel - March 5, 2021 at 5:57 AM
If you look closely the mountain backdrop is definitely from Telluride, Colorado, although the street is not.

5- Anonymous - March 10, 2021 at 7:45 PM
They are filming at the Sundance Pub and Inn again Thursday and Friday, March 11 and 12. The Grey Cliff Inn sign is back up and we got a filming notice. Some stunt action happening. They also film at a house just down the road.

6- BW - June 7, 2021 at 9:59 AM
1x10, The Mayor's home is 3865 Oxford Street, in Burnaby BC - https://goo.gl/maps/xYgcXrVkRRWGM3Jn8

In the same episode, Lisa Casper / David Logan run over Sahar at High Road and 1st Ave in Ladysmith

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