Vancouver, Canada
Shauna, 60
Administrator for a Law Corporation
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a bit about Shauna

What do you do and why do you do it?

I am an Administrator for a Law Corporation, it is flexible and pays some bills.

Were you born and raised in Vancouver? If not, where did you grow up and what brought you to Vancouver?

I was born in Ontario, but moved to Victoria in elementary school where I stayed through university before coming to Vancouver for a great job coordinating a BC wide Student Employment program.

What’s your current hood in Vancouver and what’s the best/worst thing about it?

I live in North Vancouver and have been here for 28 of my 34 years in Vancouver. It is so fun to have quick access to so many great long hikes and walks to go on with my dogs and pals through forests, creeks and river canyons. I love that neighbourhoods feel like tiny towns where neighbours know each other, independent restaurants and shops are supported and shopkeepers know their loyal customers. The worst thing is that this area is increasingly being discovered and we are dealing with density, construction and more cars as a result.

What kind of music do you listen to and what kind of music do you absolutely HATE?

I like Chicago Blues, Vintage Trouble, Black Keys, Rival Sons. I don't really hate any kind of music but I don't listen to rap or opera.

Name the best TV shows of all time, and what makes them so good?

Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad. I love the attention to detail, plot twists and the acting.

Who’s your hero and where in Vancouver would you take them out for a serious hang?

My two twenty something daughters are my heroes and when not hanging around my kitchen island you might find us with various Starbucks lattes in our hand looking for the closest fabulous baked goodie or some Earnest Ice Cream (location coming soon to North Van!)

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

Lulu Lemon, Kit and Ace, The Lastest Scoop, Aritzia and Get Dressed

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?

Ocean kayak in the summer and ski Cypress in the winter, both of these things I can't do with my dogs!!

Where do you go in Vancouver for a casual night out?

Gastown, there are lots of great bars and restaurants close to each other.

Where would you go in Vancouver to celebrate some freaking good news?

The outside patio of Chambar restaurant.

What’s your choice of transportation in Vancouver and why?

My Fiat 500, it is perfect for getting me, a friend and my two golden retrievers to where we need to go.

What are the Vancouver spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

English Bay, Capilano Canyon, the view of the city from the Cypress mountain viewpoint, and a swim in Second Beach Pool in Stanley Park when it is open.

What are the Vancouver spots tourists should run from screaming?

The Capilano Suspension Bridge. It is a contrived and expensive look at what you can do for free on your own further up the canyon and in Lynn Valley Canyon.

Tomorrow’s your last day in Vancouver. How do you spend it?

I would start the day with a Starbucks chai tea latte, get a sour cherry and buckwheat scone from Purebread in Gastown, pick up a new Kit and Ace t-shirt, go for a swim in Second Beach Pool in Stanley Park, then I would grab a shwarma from the Babylon Cafe on Robson Street for lunch, hike through Lighthouse Park in West Vancouver and have drinks and dinner on the deck of the Beach House Restaurant on Dundareve Beach in West Vancouver.

What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?

Rome, the food, wine, people and historical treasures keep surprising.