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'Sailing Into Love' Takes Place on the Fictional Blue Island — but Where Was It Filmed?



We forgot it was almost summer — did you? Thankfully, the Hallmark Channel is here to remind us that summer is nearly upon us, as they begin to kick off their "Countdown to Summer" movie series.

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First on the roster is Sailing Into Love, which brings together our passions for rom-coms, boats, and summertime.

The Hallmark movie is about a teacher named Claire who lives in a fictional town called Willow Bay and has an island right off of it called Blue Island, which might be getting sold for development.

The setting is so beautiful, we want to sail right over to visit Blue Island. But considering these places aren't real, where was Sailing Into Love actually filmed? Keep reading.

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Where was 'Sailing Into Love' filmed?

Claire is fighting the good fight to reclaim the island on which she grew up, as she doesn't think any offer is worth selling off everything the island represents to her.

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And over the course of her struggle, she comes to meet Captain Tom, who is eager to help. Of course, the two develop an attraction for each other and almost immediately fall in love.

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As actor Chris McNally, who plays Tom, explains, "Tom's got a great sense of adventure and wants to hop from city to city," but that all changes when Claire comes around.

Leah Renee, who plays Claire, speaks of Blue Island like it's "a character in the film" itself, and explains that it holds a huge significance for the teacher. "It represents everything: her past, her life growing up, her memories with her family, and her childhood," Leah says in a teaser.

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Sailing Into Love is filmed in British Columbia's Victoria, in a small town that the cast immediately fell in love with. "I really like this city," says Chris behind the scenes. "Very charming little town."

Specifically, Hallmark posted up very close to the Fisgard Lighthouse, which features prominently in several shots throughout the film.

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A visit to Canada is in store for 'Sailing Into Love' fans.

As for which island Blue Island is meant to represent, it really could be any of the 32 islands currently for sale in British Columbia. 

Thanks to The Cinemaholic, we've also managed to track down the social media accounts of several actors who've lent their talents to Sailing Into Love

"Grab your best mates to sea one of #hallmark's summer tidal films Sailing Into Love," actor Eric Gustafsson, who plays David in the TV movie, wrote on Instagram. "To be more pacific, you don't want to miss it!"

Samantha Kendrick, who plays Bridget, added that Sailing Into Love's "cast and crew was really special," saying that filming this Hallmark movie was "some of the most fun I've ever had on set!" 

Don't miss the chance to travel into the peace and quiet that Willow Bay and Blue Island offer, when Sailing Into Love kicks off Hallmark's "Countdown to Summer" on May 25.

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