Murdo Frazer Cabin renovation complete

Film and television casts and crews are returning to the rustic Murdo Frazer Cabin after a recently completed renovation project at the popular filming location in North Vancouver.

The District began renovating the former hunting lodge and guest house in Murdo Frazer Park last June. The project, funded by a Community Economic Resiliency Program grant of $287,000, included foundation and exterior repairs, garage demolition and interior upgrades to extend the life of the buildings while preserving their heritage value.

Along with maintaining and improving the popular filming location, other benefits of the renovation project include enhancing public access to the heritage campus, reducing emissions by installing an electric furnace in the building and reducing wildfire risks by removing combustible materials and a propane tank.

A new interpretive heritage sign has also been installed so park-goers can learn more about the cabin's history and the long list of film and TV productions it has hosted.

Heritage designation 

The Murdo Frazer Cabin was built in 1950 by Victor Golden, a Vancouver businessman, as a retreat. He had purchased the land in 1936, one year before the construction of the Lions Gate Bridge.

In 1969, the District acquired it and developed Murdo Frazer Park, converting the cabin into a caretaker’s residence. Listed on the District of North Vancouver Heritage Register, the cabin is a unique and sought-after filming location that generates revenue annually for the District.

Getting credit

If you have yet to visit Murdo Fraser Park but the cozy-looking log cabin overlooking the pond seems familiar, that's because you've probably seen it on screen.

Film, television and commercial credits for the cabin are lengthy, ranging from Netflix series Virgin River to The X-Files, Stargate SG1, The Flash, Nancy Drew, The Twilight Zone, A Dog’s Way Home and the Shaw TV Yule Log, to name a few.

A sideview of a dark-coloured wood cabin with set of antlers displayed on an exterior wall. To the left of the cabin is a small dock floating in a pond with tall trees in the background.