More production companies from south of the border are being lured to Vancouver Island, thanks to the low Canadian dollar and tax incentives.

Kathleen Gilbert, of the Vancouver Island South Film and Media Commission, says they can offer production companies the specific location details they need when deciding where to shoot.

And Gilbert says looking like an American city helps, which is why places like Duncan, Ladysmith and Chemainus get so much interest. Those communities have angled parking in some places and that makes them easier to pass off as US towns, where parallel parking is rare

Gilbert says they’ve already had 18 visiting productions this year, compared to 12 in 2006, which was their best year up to now.