4 fun facts about When Calls the Heart’s Hope Valley

Elizabeth hears good news. Lee gets a surprise that stirs up something from his past. Credit: ©2020 Crown Media United States LLC/Photographer: David Dolsen
Elizabeth hears good news. Lee gets a surprise that stirs up something from his past. Credit: ©2020 Crown Media United States LLC/Photographer: David Dolsen /

When Calls the Heart, the Hallmark original series, will be returning for season 8.

The frontier series, When Calls the Heart, set in the fictional town of Hope Valley in Canada, ended its seventh season in April, and already fans are eager for the return of this Hallmark Channel original series. So much so that they’re constantly on the lookout for more information, spoilers, and hints from the producers and the stars.

Most of the fans began watching the series when it premiered in 2014, are fans of the When Calls the Heart Facebook group (with over 81,000 members) as well as other groups for hearties (an informal name for fans of the series), and follow the cast on every social media platform possible. But there are still a few things they might not know about the series, namely the beloved town of Hope Valley.

The row houses

The row houses were built in just 3 1/2 weeks. The comfy-looking houses where Elizabeth Thatcher and Lee and Rosemary Coulter live are the only two houses that were built for the series. The rest of the row that is often show in long range scenes are duplicated as revealed by series star, Erin Krakow. The row houses have often been used for other town members as well, including Abigail Stanton and Cat Montgomery from season one.

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The building of the town

Coal Valley, the original name of Hope Valley, was built in only a month with a crew of 25 people. A church, with a combined saloon/schoolhouse, the mercantile, the cafe, and the Mountie station were all built with complete interiors that include vintage items like oil lamps and Victrolas.

Where the town is located

When Calls the Heart is shot on an actual working farm called Macinnes Farms. The farm has been part of the Macinnes family for forty-plus years, and When Calls the Heart will often include scenes from the work taking place on the farm, such as when the farm works on barley. You can learn more about the farm and how to take a tour of the Jamestown set, visit its website.

How the set was discovered

Kevin Macinnes wrote to Michael Landon, Jr. about the set back in 2012. Macinnes, who is the property film manager of the Jamestown set, began writing Landon, Jr. to tell him about the set. It didn’t take long for a scouting entourage, that included both Landon, Jr. and executive producer Brian Bird, to show up, and the Jamestown set became Coal Valley.

Every year, When Calls the Heart hosts the Hearties Family Reunion which allows fans to tour the set as part of their convention fee.  It’s usually held in October, but fans can check the website to see if and when it will be held this year.

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What’s your favorite place in Hope Valley? What other businesses do you think need to be built? Share you thoughts in the comments below.