Anyone out there remember The Beachcombers? It is the longest running series in Canadian television history (for English programming anyway), running from 1972 to 1990. It was filmed in and around Gibsons, BC and featured the stunning scenery of the area, both on land and at sea.
The series focused on Nick Adonidas, a log salvager, his friend and business partner Jesse Jim, and his competitor Relic, and the café known as Molly’s Reach. Bumbling RCMP officer Constable Constable was a frequent foil to the antics of the main characters. Aside from its long run on Canadian television (where it can still be caught) it enjoyed widespread international syndication and ran in Germany as Strandpiraten.
Tourists still flock to have their picture taken next to the Persephone (Nick’s boat) and Molly’s Reach, where they often stop for a burger. Interestingly, the Café in the series was built as a set and it was maintained well after the show ended that an entrepreneur rebuilt the interior, turning it into a functioning restaurant.
It is located just above the public harbour in what is now known as Lower Gibsons, the heart of the town and home of most of the galleries, eateries, and small shops. Gibsons is an easy day trip from Vancouver via ferry to Langdale and public transportation which meets the ferry.