Dan Cain and Kristy Swanson stroll down Wallace Ave. in a scene from Hallmark’s Heart of the Mountain, later renamed Winter’s Dream. Tim Collins photo

Hallmark film shot in Hope released

Fans of Hope and Manning Park’s scenery after Saturday premiere

The scenery of Hope and Manning Park are getting a lot of attention from U.S. viewers of Hallmark special Winter’s Dream, which premiered Jan. 27.

The film has been released under its new name Winter’s Dream, from the working title Heart of the Mountain, featuring scenes on Wallace St. in Hope, Manning Park and a short scene in Abbotsford.

Director David Winning said the movie had 3.6 million viewers for its TV debut Saturday, making it the number one rated cable movie of the week in the U.S.

Hope was briefly turned into the Hallmark town of Bliss Nov. 23 and 24; snow was trucked in from a fish-processing plant and storefronts were dressed up.

The local scenery is getting a lot of love from fans of Hallmark online.

Manning Park was the location for a major part of the film and even featured a unique Manning Park tradition, the annual torch parade where skiers come down the hill with lit-up flares.

Robyn Barker, marketing manager at Manning Park Resort, said the film was the largest production shoot at the resort so far, which has previously hosted another Hallmark film Falling for Christmas and a number of commercials.

This December the Winter’s Dream crew rented out the entire resort for two weeks and kept the park name in the film.

“This one was incredible promotion for us because they’re using the Manning Park name, they’re showcasing our beautiful mountains,” she said.

Abbotsford also got its moment of fame, as Mad Dog’s ski and snowboard shop became the Heart of the Mountain ski shop for one scene.

Art Green, founder of the Hope and Lower Fraser Canyon Film Cooperative, said these location shoots can bring in significant revenue for the district of Hope.

Films and TV series pay permit fees for use of public land and also bring revenue in other ways through hotel room rentals, catering, building supplies and other filming needs sourced locally.

To bring in the really big bucks, Green said, Hope needs to have a sound stage where the bulk of filming takes place. That way Hope can take a bigger piece of the $2.6 billion B.C.’s film industry brought in last year.

Stars of the film Kristy Swanson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer; Dude, Where’s My Car?; Psych) and Dean Cain (Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Supergirl) said the people of Hope were very welcoming and accommodating of the crew.

“This is a gorgeous little town and it’s been really nice. The people are really friendly and that coffee shop down the street has the best coffee,” Swanson said at the time.

 

The cast and crew of Hallmark’s Winter’s Dream TV-movie, filmed in Hope, at Manning Park and downtown Abbotsford. 2017 Crown Media United States LLC photo

Cast members Kristy Swanson, left, Lizzie Boys and Dean Cain at Manning Park Resort, where the cast and crew spent two weeks filming. 2017 Crown Media United States LLC photo

Just Posted

BCTF rejects mediator’s recommendations for settlement

Negotiations between B.C. teachers and the province will continue

Bear sightings in Hope prompt call for caution

Neighbours urged to keep ‘bear attractants’ out of reach

Inmate captured after Friday morning escape from Harrison Mills institution

Roger Sampson escaped the Kwìkwèxwelhp Healing Village around 7:15 a.m.

Average monthly Chilliwack home price drops to lowest of 2019

At $506,079 for October that’s down from year-to-date average of $522,302

Bullying remains key concern in ACE move to Agassiz high school

The move could be temporary, as AESS aims to get funding for a total replacement in two years

VIDEO: Hong Kong police shoot protester, man set on fire

It was the second protester shot since the demonstrations began in early June

Sportsnet fires Don Cherry after negative comments about immigrants

Don Cherry had said immigrants don’t wear poppies like other Canadians do

Trudeau’s new cabinet: Gender parity because it’s 2019? Or due to competence?

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will soon appoint his new cabinet

Coquihalla drivers urged to be careful amid freezing rain alert

Special weather statement in effect for highways between Hope, Merritt, Kamloops and Kelowna

Canada among three G20 countries least likely to hit emissions targets

It says Canada, South Korea and Australia are the farthest off

Conservatives’ Scheer wants Trudeau to open Parliament Nov. 25

That’s five days after Justin Trudeau is scheduled to swear in a new cabinet

14 SeaBus cancellations, free rides for veterans from TransLink on Remembrance Day

Free rides also available for current Armed Forces members, first responders

Last remaining Centurion tank from the Korean War makes its journey ‘home’ to B.C.

Tank arrives in B.C. the day before Remembrance Day after a more than 4,500-kilometre transfer

‘Your vehicle burns a lot of fuel:’ Victoria drivers wake up to angry notes

‘This handbill was left on your vehicle because your vehicle burns a lot of fuel,’ notes read

Most Read