Where was Navigating Christmas filmed? The lighthouse location

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Featuring a lovely lighthouse, Navigating Christmas was filmed in and around Victoria on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

Set on the fictional St. Nicholas Island, the story follows a mother and son who discover they have to spend their vacation decorating their Airbnb lighthouse as part of the "immersive experience" included in the lodging.

Navigating Christmas lighthouse

This festive Hallmark romance movie stars Chelsea Hobbs as Melanie, who travels to the island on Christmas Eve with her son Jason (Everett Andres). Stephen Huszar plays Peter, the handsome lighthouse keeper.

Welcome to St. Nicholas Island and our spoiler-free guide to (almost) all the filming locations of Navigating Christmas.


The Navigating Christmas locations

Navigating Christmas location
But let's start from the beginning: after some stock footage of Seattle, the movie opens with Melanie enjoying an office party thrown at the Legislative Library of British Columbia hall.

Renowned for its neoclassical design and rich historical significance, this stunning early 20th-century building is located within the grounds of the provincial parliament in Victoria.
(You can open all the locations on Google Maps by clicking on the links below in the captions ↴)
  Image courtesy of Hallmark Channel - Map


St. Nicholas Island
Before arriving at the lighthouse (and afterward, throughout the film), there are establishing shots of St. Nicholas Island, filmed in several picturesque Scandinavian towns.

One of these is a view of a Norwegian village called SagvÄg.
Image courtesy of Astrid Carlsen - Map


The Navigating Christmas lighthouse

Navigating Christmas house
The historic Fisgard Lighthouse in Colwood is a beautiful beacon that stands proudly as Canada's oldest lighthouse on the West Coast.

Built in 1860, this National Historic Site has guided ships through the treacherous waters of the Strait of Juan de Fuca for over a century.
Image courtesy of Hallmark Channel - Map


Fisgard Lighthouse
The striking octagonal structure and scenic setting draw visitors to explore the museum, though the interior has yet to be listed on Airbnb.

The adjacent Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site was built in the 19th century to protect Canada's coastline.
Image courtesy of Michael Gabelmann


Whippletree Junction
The candy cane cake-pop bakery and overall, the streets of St. Nicholas Island, were filmed at the Whippletree Junction.

This is a funky shopping and entertainment complex located near Duncan and Cowichan Bay, about a 50-minute drive from Victoria.
Image courtesy of Hallmark Channel - Map


St. Nicholas Island town
This unique destination, known for its blend of artisan crafts, local goods and rustic dining, was recently featured in the Hallmark movie You, Me & the Christmas Trees.

By the way, there is a real St. Nicholas Island located 61 miles (98 km) off the coast of Southern California, part of the Channel Islands National Park.
Image courtesy of Hallmark - Map


Fisherman's Wharf in Victoria
The colorful houses of the harbor look like the Fisherman's Wharf in Victoria, although these scenes may have been filmed elsewhere.
Image courtesy of Hallmark - Map


Ruth's bar
But, where is the local restaurant, Ruth's?

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