Where was Journey of My Heart filmed? Guide to the Filming Locations

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Set in the Alaskan wilderness, this new Hallmark movie tells the story of a young biologist traveling to The Last Frontier estate. Abby is following her research on the migratory and mating habits of the king of all birds, the eagles.

However, if you are into Hallmark movies, you probably already know that many of them are shot in Canada. Journey of My Heart was filmed in and around Vancouver and features wondrous British Columbia locations.

Where was Journey of My Heart filmed

Rhiannon Fish plays scientist Abby Morgan, whose life revolves around her job at the fictional North Star Wildlife Institute. The investigation leads her to the lovely Lakeside Lodge, where she meets the handsome local guide, Eric Hughes, played by Darien Martin.

Eric will try to point her in the right direction to find the remote Eagle Crest, the birds nesting area. The original title of this romantic comedy was actually Love on the Wings of Eagles.

The results of our sleuthing revealed the key filming locations of Journey of My Heart.

The Lakeside Lodge

The Lakeside Lodge Alaska
Owned by Niko and Ellen Rivers, the Lakeside Lodge was filmed at Loon Lake Lodge.

This awesome spot is located near Maple Ridge on the Vancouver side of Golden Ears Provincial Park.

Surrounded by lush nature, the real lodge is a retreat center offering corporate events, wellness weekends, and a summer recreation program called Camp Goodtimes.
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Journey of My Heart lake
The lake where the expedition starts paddling down to Tanana River (a real Alaskan river, tributary of the big Yukon River) is Loon Lake.

You can see a section of the Golden Ears mountain range in the background (on the right side of the image).
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Jacos Landing
However, they actually don't go too far: the 'glamping' camp Jaco's Landing (where Abby meets tribal elder Jaco Thomas) was filmed in other cabins at the same Loon Lake Lodge complex.

This magnificent location was already used this year in the Hallmark hit movie Chasing Waterfalls, where a magazine reporter is searching for the mythical (and fictional) Redwood Falls.

The Eagle Crest and Hidden Canyon

The Eagle Crest
Chasing Waterfalls and Journey of My Heart share some other filming locations.

When the duo gets to Hidden Canyon, the gorgeous area that "feels like no human being's ever set foot here" is the Mamquam River gorge in Squamish.

Located near the Garibaldi Highlands community, the 62-foot (19 meters) Mamquam Falls features turquoise and emerald green water pools, depending on the time of year.
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Mamquam Falls
The residents of the surrounding neighborhood in Mamquam Falls are developing a plan to build a non-invasive boardwalk around the river.

The project is called Squamish Canyon, and it also includes a forest lounge deck with a recreational playground under this unique rainforest canopy.


Cheakamus Canyon
There is another sequence that recalls another scene from Chasing Waterfalls.

The 'dangerous' climbing scene was probably filmed at the Foundation Wall climbing spot at Cheakamus Canyon, although we can't confirm this 100%.

The scenic beauty of this region is very popular among filmmakers. Many productions including Riverdale, Lost in Space, Resident Alien, and Big Sky were filmed here.
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Hidden Canyon
Also, the film contains a lot of superb stock footage of eagles recorded who knows where and random landscapes, including an establishing shot of the massive Half Dome rock at Yosemite National Park in California.

By the way, playing harmonica in the habitat of wild animals that are not accustomed to human contact is probably not a good idea: please don't do this at home in the woods.

Meet the Journey of My Heart cast

Rhiannon Fish
Canadian-Australian actress Rhiannon Fish is best known for her roles in the popular television soap operas Neighbours and Home and Away.

After starring in the Disney Channel show As the Bell Rings, she also played a recurring role in The CW post-apocalyptic science fiction drama The 100.

You may have seen Fish recently playing a supporting role in Hallmark's The 27-Hour Day, a movie also filmed in British Columbia released this August.


Darien Martin
Darien Martin is a Canadian actor who was also featured in The 100 TV series.

Martin has been involved in many top shows and movies recorded in Vancouver including Flora and Ulysses, DC's Legends of Tomorrow, iZombie, Arrow, The Magicians, Salvation, and The Arrangement.

This is one of his first starring roles along with Love in Yellowstone, currently in post-production.


Journey of My Heart Cast
The main cast is completed by indigenous actress based in Vancouver Grace Dove as Ellen Rivers (The Revenant, How it Ends), Native American actor Paul Colin Grenier as Niko Rivers (Indian Road Trip, Blackstone), Ray G. Thunderchild as Jaco Thomas (Northern Exposure, The Good Doctor), Bethany Brown as Meaghan Walker (Operation Christmas Drop, The Flash), Marion Eisman as Alice Winters (The L Word, Riverdale), and the super-tall actor Dan Payne as Davis Bell (Alice, I Think).


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3 comments:

1- Marilyn Potenza - Sep 5, 2021, 6:27 PM
Disappointed that Hallmark films did not photograph this movie “Journey of my Heart” in Alaska.

2- Anonymous - Sep 5, 2021, 8:56 PM
Utterly unexpected to have a morning shot appear of Half Dome, though!

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   3- Ra Moon - Sep 6, 2021, 10:32 AM
   Thanks a lot, I was looking for this one!


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