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Vernon resort to sparkle on the silver screen

Scenes from the Hallmark movie Mothers Day off will be filmed at Sparkling Hills Resort in Vernon. The resort will pose as a northern California retreat for two mom’s on a getaway from their normal lives. Most of the scenes will be filmed inside the resort because it's supposed to be May in the movie.
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January 24, 2014 - 4:27 PM

VERNON - Camera crews are returning to the North Okanagan. 

Sparkling Hills Resort in Vernon will pose as a northern California retreat for two moms on a getaway from their normal lives in the television movie Mothers Day Off, Okanagan film commissioner Jon Summerland says.

Just several months ago, George Clooney was in Enderby for the filming of Tomorrowland. 

Much of the $2 to $3 million movie is being filmed in Vancouver, but crews will be in Vernon all next week shooting scenes at the resort. The project will involve around 30 locals, from extras to first aid people and caterers.

“The director looked all over British Columbia on his computer and said ‘I want to go to this place (Sparkling Hills),’” Summerland says. “It’s glamorous, it’s European—it sparkles. It’s really fantastic. Where else does a hotel look like that in Canada?”

It’s not the first time Sparkling Hills has been on the silver screen. Scenes from Housewives of Vancouver and Millionaire Matchmaker have been filmed there.

Mothers Day Off features Bonnie Sommerville from The Ugly Truth, Bedazzled and Without a Paddle, as well as James Tupper from Playing for Keeps, Mr. Popper’s Penguins and Me and Orson Wells.

The film will air on Mother’s Day as part of the Hallmark Channel’s movie of the week. It’s the story of two college roommates who both went to architecture school and reunite after many years. One is a successful architect and the other is a mother. During a Mother’s Day retreat, they reflect on how their lives turned out.

“This is the first of many films coming to the region this year,” Summerland says. “It is gearing up to be a great year for the production business in the Okanagan.”

To contact the reporter for this story, email Charlotte Helston at, call 250-309-5230 or tweet @charhelston.

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