Molly’s famous reach doesn’t just end with the Beachcombers. In 2010, the restaurant by the wharf was temporarily renamed “Flynn’s Reach” and painted green for the Universal Films romantic drama “Charlie St. Cloud” starring Zac Efron. But if you think that Molly’s Reach Restaurant is famous just for the location, you obviously haven’t tried the food yet. Try their perfectly prepared Alberta beef, wild B.C. seafood all prepared with in-house sauces made of butter, olive oil and real mayonnaise. Also, choose from a great selection of BC wines or try a “Beachcomber” draft beer from the award- winning Vancouver micro-brewery, R&B. Reservations are recommended, but not required, and Molly’s Reach Restaurant also offers vegetarian and Gluten free menu options.
Although Molly’s Reach is an internationally recognized landmark, due to its prominence as the café/ home to many of the characters on CBC’s “The Beachcombers,” the building was originally built in 1926 as a grocery store. It served various retail functions until 1969, when CBC-TV leased the structure for the “Molly’s Reach” set in “The Beachcombers” TV series. Following the series’ cancellation in 1990, the building sat vacant until 1995 when inspired investors converted it into a functioning restaurant.
Molly’s Reach was the name of the café and home for the characters of Molly Carmody (played by Rae Brown) and her grandchildren. It was also the home of their boarder, Nick Adonidas, the main character of “The Beachcombers” played by Bruno Gerussi and his log salvage office, whose adventures provided the main storylines for the show. Molly’s Reach was a central part of the original series, and a character in its own right. A documentary about the show entitled “Welcome Back to Molly’s Reach” aired in 2002 and in July 2007, the former cast and crew gathered in Gibson’s BC for the show’s 35th anniversary.
The Beachcombers series is an integral part of the history of Gibson’s, BC and the Canadian film industry. Although the popular TV series is long over, it remains imprinted in the memories of Canadians who grew fond of the quirky stories of the scenic seaside village, away from big city life. Filmed in ‘real time,’ the series spanned 19 years and holds the record for Canada’s longest running TV show.
The popular series was viewed in over 60 countries around the world and ran for 387 episodes from 1972 to 1990. It was a Canadian ‘original’ and one of the first major Canadian series that did not follow an American prototype. The show was also at the forefront of its time when it came to representing First Nations culture and actors. Squamish elder Chief Dan George often made guest appearances on the show. He is best known for his role opposite Dustin Hoffman in the film “Little Big Man.”
- Relic | Robert Clothier
- Molly Carmody | Rae Brown
- Nick Adonidas | Bruno Gerussi
- Constable John | Jackson Davies
- Jessie Jim | Pat John