Oct 16, 2020

Filming of the Netflix series “Maid” continues in Colwood. The following is an outline of current film activity with approximate dates and times:

Saturday, October 17 to Monday, October 19 from 7am to 7pm: Preparation of filming areas, laying of electrical cables, arrival of set dressing. A section of the fencing at the end of Gratton Road will be removed. 24 hour security will be on site to ensure site safety.

Tuesday, October 20 between 7am and 10pm: Filming begins on Gratton Rd. When we complete filming on Gratton Rd the trucks will pack up and move down into the Royal Bay development property to complete our work. Crew quietly packs up equipment into trucks; crew and trucks quietly leave the area.

Wednesday, October 21: A small crew will return and restore the area to its original condition.

There will be NO gunfire or special effects; however, atmospheric smoke may be used. There will be "temporary no stopping" sings on sections of Gratton Road on Tuesday, October 20.

The film company will make every effort to minimize impact on the neighbourhood and has sent notices to all nearby neighbours.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact them at 250.265.5400.

General questions about filming in the City of Colwood may be directed to the South Island Film Commission at 250-386-3976, or Creative BC at 604-736-7997.

Your support for the BC film and television industry is appreciated.

What series is being filmed?

This Warner Bros/Netflix limited run 10-episode series is being filmed exclusively in the Victoria area between September 2020 and March 2021.

The series is based on the bestselling memoir Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive by Stephanie Land.

It is the story of a single mother who turns to housekeeping to — barely — make ends meet as she battles against poverty, homelessness, and bureaucracy. Told primarily through her point of view, Maid will be a beautiful, alive, gritty and inspiring exploration of poverty.

Colwood is a spectacular film location

Few communities offer full access to a castle, a lighthouse, miles of ocean beachfront and old growth forest, parks and lakes, as well as warm and welcoming neighbourhood areas. 

Hatley Castle in Colwood is the City's most recognizable film location and has been featured in more than 45 movies including major projects like the X-Men series, Smallville, Descendants and many others. In 2019, the castle was considered one of the top 10 filming locations in the world and was the only Canadian venue to make the list.

The film industry in BC employs thousands of  British Columbians and creates business opportunities in our community. The portion of dollars spent in our community are re-circulated to other businesses, multiplying the financial benefit Colwood receives by attracting film productions.

Showcasing Colwood's beautiful west coast waterfront location at Royal Beach to national and international audiences through film is an exciting way to promote our City and attract new investment in our community.

Learn more about filming in BC on the CreativeBC website at www.creativebc.com.