So #HavenFamily we continued our journeys in Haven on day 3, but I have to say it was hard after waking up to this view from our Lunenburg hotel room.
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It was like looking at the opening credits from our window! I felt immersed in Haven. The docks where the ‘Cape Rouge’ had been and other buildings like the red Fisheries Museum featured on the show were visible from our ocean-view window.The pictures above include the hill where a church was destroyed in season 1 and the red building I believe used to keep Stu Pierce hostage in ep 211.
After saying goodbye to our hotel, we walked up the road to the spectacle of St John’s Anglican Church – featured in the opening credits:
Images: St John’s Church We were told that the building actually did catch fire like shown in the credits – spooky! Our Haven trio also walked past it in diving gear in ep 408. Then we headed down to the docks: It was both exciting and sad to visit where the Cape Rouge once lived. ICYMI the Cape Rouge sank earlier this summer, but is still featured in the show as the interior is filmed in the Chester sets. An historic replica sailing boat, the ‘Bluenose’ is now moored in the main dock and was being set up for the folk festival when we arrived. The beautiful Fisheries Museum – used as a museum in ep 202 – was fun to wander round – and you can buy lighthouse earrings and maple syrup tea there.
Images: Lunenburg Docks & Fisheries Museum
We were thrilled to find this – Lunenburg Academy!:
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But heading out of town we discovered the piece de resistance – the Colorado Kid beach!
Images: Colorado Kid beach
If the production team ever decided to do a Haven calender or postcard collection, they’d have ample material!
Then things got decidedly creepy as we entered Mahone Bay and found Mahone Bay Centre A.K.A. Haven hospital!
Images: Haven Hospital
My most memorable outdoor scene here is in episode 405 when a possessed Duke pulls up, gets stabbed in the leg and runs through the side door with the ‘Welcome’ sign.
Eventually we made it back to the Haven epicentre:
Images: Welcome to Chester
You may have noticed me wearing the official Haven T-shirt, sold at the Village Emporium in Chester. It’s a great gift shop run by the lovely Angela, who as a fellow Havenite has also been helping fans with filming location details. The tees are really comfy. We really enjoyed hanging out, and she was amazing when we needed help with tech and local advice. Check out her twitter @Village_Emp_NS:
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We settled into the Mecklenburg Inn which is a beautiful B+B run by Suzi, another friend to the fans. The Inn has been ‘background’ in the series e.g. when we see the huge ball rolling down the hill in ep 102.
Images: Mecklenburg Inn
That evening we headed to Nicki’s Inn, a restaurant B+B and home to Haven cast and crew only for the duration of their shoot. There we met up with the wonderful Justine (@justinehyslop) and Rob (@HavenFDRob), background actors on Haven and friends, among other things.
It was ridiculous fun to chat Haven in Haven with Haven actors! A few season 5 tidbits were naturally discussed. Without ruining anything I will say this: the Guard will be prominent this season and I for one am excited to see how our protagonists will fit in with the tattooed people this year, especially with regard to Dwight.
Justine has been acting on Haven the past couple of years, mainly as a waitress at the Grey Gull. She has now graduated to a Guard member and is most visible in ep 507. Rob has also been part of the Guard, though he doesn’t know his Trouble. There is always some trepidation as to how long they will be on the show since it has such a high body count, but they really enjoy working on it. Rob explained how Lucas in particular has tried to make him laugh in scenes. Justine said he is not averse to making her laugh as well. Eric often ad libs. Justine and Emma (Lahana) talked hair care. There’s been a bit of fun with guns this season. Though the background actors are ‘housed’ separately on set to the cast and crew, its relaxed and people do mingle. They’ve attended the wrap parties held at the end of filming. Haven is always looking for extras (but you need to be Canadian). They definitely seemed excited for the new season!
Nicki’s has fantastic food and that night was carvery. We celebrated Sarah’s birthday too; Nicki kindly making a special dessert for her 🙂
Images: Nicki’s Inn
Partway through the night I realised that none other than Jayne Eastwood AKA Gloria the M.E. was dining next to us, and within no time we got chatting. She was so affable and chatty and kindly let me do an in promptu interview, so watch and enjoy!
Video: Jayne Eastwood
We continued to chat with the rest of the group. Justine recited a poem by Robert Frost which moved us all. Jayne shared pictures of her art – she tends to do watercolour paintings of landscape and portraits, and is really talented! Then Nicki, our chef, joined us and allowed us to take some poster pics in the restaurant.
Images: Nicki’s Inn Poster Pics
Also I spotted this hanging by the bar – a present to Nicki from the cast:
Image: Cast photo
After that we headed to the Fo’c’sle pub to play pool and pose for photos!
Images: Fo’c’sle Fun
Thanks again to Justine and Rob for a late great night. Watch out for them in Season 5!
DAY 4 including videos with Eric Balfour!
After a lazy morning chilling out at Kiwi Cafe in the ‘Haven corner’ we decided to trek around Chester and visit other Haven locations around town. The locals will tell you that round every corner is a place used in the show, and most streets have been seen as background. It can get difficult to spot them, places look very different when dressed by the amazing art department! But the beauty of the place in every direction is outstanding.
Images: Walking round Chester
On the northern end of town we stopped at Chester Middle School – featured as a school in ep 110 where we see the headmistress get blown up in her car!
Image: Chester Middle School
Then we found Nilu Gym and Cameron’s Antique Store. The owner told us the interior had been used as a shop in season 4, but we don’t know which episode (I’m guessing 406).
One interesting observation about the locals is that though they support the show, they generally don’t watch it, the main reason being cited is that it’s really weird seeing their hometown on screen and trying to believe it’s another place entirely. I hope I don’t suffer the same predicament now too!
Soon we found the Guard graveyard, featured in Season 1, and repeatedly in season 3, including the adjacent road where Jordan (ironically) was murdered. It does look different in the show as it was changed using CGI, and the bench where Jordan and Nathan got busy, was not visible.
Images: Guard graveyard
Next stop: The Lido Pool
This semi-circular outdoor pool overlooking the sea was featured in ep 110 where a kid got boiled alive. Thankfully it looked a lot less sinister when we saw it, with plenty of people milling about.
Images: Lido Pool
Finally we headed to the Chester Yacht Club and the adjacent bandstand, where Nathan and Jeanine hilariously talk cake trouble in ep 312 ‘The Reunion’. Sarah and Laurence tried to re-enact that scene – did it work?
We headed to the Fo’c’sle for dinner with Jayne Eastwood. She had been filming that day in the Haven morgue. Jayne was very complimentary about her co-stars. The Teagues A.K.A. John Dunsworth and Richard Donat are local to Nova Scotia and well known actors, and she has a lot of respect for them. One of Jayne’s favourite scenes in season 5 is her and the Teagues in the autopsy room having a drink! I can’t wait to see that – Jayne couldn’t say much but I imagine hilarity ensues!
We had just got our food when Eric Balfour walked in! Jayne introduced us and Eric kindly chatted briefly and took pics with us, despite still having work to do. We presented him with his fan collage. Needless to say, he was lovely.
Images: Eric Balfour poster pics
We explained the fan poster as he signed it…
VIDEO: ERIC 1
He started telling us a story of how his mum used to always make him rice pudding and strawberry shortcake, before things got cheeky…
VIDEO: ERIC 2
I have to apologise for my awful laugh in these videos (I was super-excited) but I hope you enjoyed them #HavenFamily! Let me know on Twitter @tanavip and check out part 3 next week!