I first started to realize the omnipresence of British Columbia as I re-watched The X-Files with my son, the first five seasons of which were filmed there. British Columbia, while ostensibly in western Canada, was also apparently in West Virginia (many times), Puerto Rico, the New Mexico desert (although, to be fair, it did have to be painted before it could pass as New Mexican), Siberia, and many places in between from 1993 to 1998. What really drove the point home for me, however, was seeing the exact same building in three different locations separated by thousands of miles and nearly a century.
It all started this evening when I was watching the tenth episode of The Lone Gunmen, a spin-off of The X-Files that only lasted one season (2001). The episode, Tango de los Pistoleros, is set in Miami. At approximately eight minutes into the episode, several characters are shown talking inside what is supposed to be the pool of a private residence on Star Island:
The location looked instantly familiar. In fact, I had just seen it on the first episode of Season 6 of Psych, supposedly at an ambassador’s residence in Santa Barbara, California:
But where could this mysterious location possibly be? Certainly not in both Miami and Santa Barbara. Unless…
It turns out that The Lone Gunmen was (and Psych is) filmed in British Columbia. With one additional clue, caught by the camera’s lens, we have everything we need to finally prove the ubiquity of British Columbia:
After some trial and error, it turns out that the magic search term combination on Google is (the quotes are essential):
“Pompeian Pool” British Columbia
The search yields the following image, which was taken on December 8, 1930, in Vancouver, British Columbia.
There are accompanying images of the interior of the Pompeian Pool as well:
Of course it would be all the more gratifying if the address listed with these photos taken in 1930 in Vancouver, 2270 South West Marine, yielded overhead imagery of a similar structure (to ward off naysayers and doubters who would argue that perhaps Pompeian Pools are all the rage and everybody who is anybody has one), but perhaps on the day Google obtained their satellite imagery the Pompeian Pool was busy elsewhere.
It would seem that the secrets of time and space are not to be found in a police box after all, but rather somewhere in an affluent Vancouver neighborhood on the west side.