The town with pep!
While the US town of Riverdale is fictional, most of the locations they shoot the series at are real. Filming takes place in Vancouver, Canada, and if you’re ever in the area, you can check out these familiar landmarks.
SISTERS OF QUIET MERCY: HOME FOR TROUBLED YOUTHS
Riverview Hospital One of the creepiest spots in the series is the home for troubled youths that Betty and Jughead visit to rescue Polly. It was filmed at the Riverview Hospital in Coquitlam, which was once a mental asylum. It’s now an abandoned building and is considered to be one of the most haunted places in Canada.
TWILIGHT DRIVE-IN Twilight Drive-In
The drive-in and Jughead’s former home is actually a real, working drive-in with the same name as it appears in the show. It’s located in Langley and is very busy during the summer.
RIVERDALE HIGH Lord Byng High School
The exteriors of Riverdale High are Lord Byng High School, which you can find at West 16th Street in Vancouver. Imagine going to the school where Riverdale is filmed!
THE PEMBROOKE The Permanent Building
The hotel Veronica and Hermione live in is filmed in a grand historical building in downtown Vancouver called The Permanent Building. It’s been used for many films and can be hired out as an event space for fancy parties and weddings.
JOHN SWEETWATER RIVER Alouette Lake and Alice Lake
The infamous river that kicked off all the drama in the very first episode isn’t even a river! It’s actually two different lakes. Jason Blossom’s death and the other Sweetwater River scenes were filmed at Alouette Lake in Golden Ears Provincial Park, Maple Ridge, and Alice Lake in Brackendale, British Columbia.
ARCHIE'S HOUSE 2037 East 3rd Ave, Vancouver
Archie’s home is a real house, not a set, and has become a popular spot for fans to stop for pics. If you’re planning on going, remember a real family lives there.
POP'S CHOCK'LIT SHOPPE Rocko's Family Diner
Probably the number-one spot you’d want to visit if you could go to Riverdale is Pop’s Chock’lit Shoppe! It’s filmed at a real Canadian diner called Rocko’s Family Diner and is located in Mission. As you’d expect, it’s a very popular place to get a burger and shake these days.
THORNHILL MANSION Copperstone Mansion
The Blossom family home is another one that is actually owned by a family. It’s called Copperstone Mansion IRL and is in South Langley. It’s set behind gates, so not so good for sightseeing. Even though the show makes it look scary and gloomy, it’s actually very pretty.