Season two of Virgin River recently premiered on Netflix, and it’s already claimed the number one spot on the streaming service’s list of most-watched TV shows. (It’s currently ranked ahead of The Queen’s Gambit, The Crown and Boss Baby: Back in Business.)
Still, the new episodes left us with several burning questions. For example, when will season three premiere on Netflix? Where is Virgin River filmed? And finally, why is it called “Virgin River”?
Keep scrolling for answers to the eight most commonly asked Virgin River questions.
1. Where is Virgin River filmed?
Contrary to popular belief, Virgin River was mainly filmed in Vancouver, Canada—not in America. The crew also set up basecamp in several nearby destinations, including Snug Cove, New Westminster, Squamish, Agassiz and Port Coquitlam.
2. What is Virgin River about?
Based on the best-selling book series by Robyn Carr, season one of Virgin River tells the story of Melinda “Mel” Monroe, a nurse practitioner who takes a job in the remote California town (Virgin River) to get a fresh start on life. As she adjusts to small-town living, she soon learns that her past secrets can only stay buried for so long.
3. Where is Virgin River, California?
Unfortunately, the town is fictional, but it’s not totally made up. The Virgin River is a tributary of the Colorado River, which runs through Utah, Nevada and Arizona. While it’s not a real California town (like on the show), the series was inspired by the real-life river.
4. How long is the Virgin River?
The real Virgin River is about 162 miles long, making it no walk in the park. The tributary was designated as Utah’s first wild and scenic river in 2009, so it’s a pretty big deal.
5. Why is it called ‘Virgin River’?
The Virgin River is named after Thomas Virgin, who founded the water source in 1926. Although he originally called it “Adams River” after then-president John Quincy Adams, it was later given its current name by mapmaker John C. Fremont.
6. When will season two of Virgin River premiere on Netflix?
Virgin River season two hit the streaming service earlier this month. Production for the new episodes wrapped up filming in December 2019, so it arrived right on time.
7. Will Virgin River return for season three?
Unfortunately, Netflix hasn’t officially renewed Virgin River for season three. But based on the highly talked about season two cliffhanger, we expect that to change in our near future.
8. What Netflix show is as good as Virgin River?
If you’ve already watched all ten episodes of Virgin River on Netflix, you’re probably experiencing withdrawal. To hold you over until a likely season three, we highly recommend starting another feel-good show like Sweet Magnolias, Hart of Dixie or Gilmore Girls.